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Tue, Dec. 23rd, 2008, 08:39 am
gustoforrobusto: The Definitive: Eggnog

What you’ll need:
  • 1 dozen (12) eggs
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 bottle of Woodford Reserve (375 ml)
  • 1 pint of heavy cream
  • 1 pint of vitamin D whole milk
  • nutmeg
  • cinnamon
Often the case with old drinks such as Eggnog, the exact origin is very much a matter of speculation. What is certain, however, is that Eggnog descended from a long line of alcoholic milk and egg concoctions dating as far back as the Middle Ages.


In times prior to refrigeration, it made perfect sense to mix perishable dairy product with alcohol in order to preserve it longer. One such mixture was a British drink called Dry Sack Posset, made from eggs, milk, and Sherry or Ale. Interestingly, there was a strong Ale of English origin called Nog. This may very well account for the nog in Eggnog. Another likely possibility is “noggin,”a small wooden cup used to serve alcohol. Other examples of these types of drinks include the Egg Flip, Tom and Jerry, Lait de Poule, Coquito, and Rompope just to name a few.


With colonization, Eggnog made its way from Europe to the Americas where it found itself evolving once again. Whiskey and Rum were the spirits of choice in Colonial America as both were more readily available and considerably less expensive than European imports such as...

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Tue, Dec. 23rd, 2008 11:05 pm (UTC)
siennasky

I love eggnog. Just reading the recipe made my butt bigger, though. :P