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Recipe no 7: Eggnog

FoodNetwork.com describes eggnog as follows, “A homogeneous blend of milk or cream, beaten eggs, sugar, nutmeg and usually liquor of some kind such as rum, brandy or whiskey.”

How scientific! But where did this ‘homogeneous blend’ come from and what’s a ‘nog’ anyway? According to Wikipedia, it’s believed that eggnog originated in England, and the ‘nog’ part of its name is┬áprobably derived from the word ‘noggin’, a “Middle English term used to describe a small, carved wooden mug used to serve alcohol.”

Wikipedia also goes on to inform us that, “In Britain, the drink was popular mainly among the aristocracy; dairy products and eggs were rarely consumed by the lower classes due to their high cost and the lack of refrigeration. Those who could get milk and eggs mixed it with brandy, Madeira or sherry to make a drink similar to modern alcoholic egg nog… ”

Today, eggnog is a popular beverage around the holidays, from Thanksgiving to New Years. And if you’ve never had homemade eggnog, well then boy oh boy are you in for a treat! With or without the spirits, fresh homemade eggnog is a rich and delicious indulgence. And if you’re the least bit concerned about consuming raw eggs (even your own), several recipes below have ‘cooked’ versions that are just as delicious and nutritious. Cheers, and happy holidays!

Recipes:
Simply Recipes (Tempered) Eggnog
Alton Brown’s basic Eggnog recipe
A Collection of Holiday Eggnog Recipes from Martha Stewart
Eggnog Recipe Collection, A website dedicated to Eggnog