egg nog - making, drinking and the history

The origins of eggnog are thought to have begun in Europe. A number of experts believe that the drink descends from a hot British drink called ‘Posset’. Posset is a hot drink made of eggs, milk, ale or wine. The drink would have been drunk by the wealthy as milk and eggs were not part of the staple diet of the poorer classes.

One theory of how eggnog got its name was from the small wooden mugs called ‘Noggin’, which the drink was served in.

However, there are other experts who say the name was created when the drink was brought over to America. The Americans created there own version of Posset replacing wine for rum. During the time of Colonial America, rum was known as ‘grog’, so the drink could well have been referred to as egg-and-grog, which could have then been shortened to eggnog.

Experts many well argue the origins of eggnog but few would dispute its popularity during the festive season.

There are a number of variations on the popular drink as one or more of the following spirits including brandy, whisk, bourbon and rum are often used.

Why not try making your own eggnog.

Here is a simple egg nog recipe :

  • 6 large eggs, separated
  • 2 cups of milk
  • 2 cups of whipping cream
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 cup of icing sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
  • 3/4 cup of brandy
  • 1/3 cup of rum

Making your eggnog

  1. Beat the egg yolks along with the sugar, vanilla and nutmeg until the mixture is golden and frothy.
  2. Slowly add the brandy and the rum then beat in the milk and half of the whipping cream.
  3. Set aside or chill until ready serve.
  4. Whip the remaining cream with the icing sugar until thick.
  5. Top up each glass of eggnog with the whipped cream to create a head and sprinkle each serving with a little freshly grated nutmeg.

Enjoy your eggnog!

If you have any egg nog recipes then please let us know!