Eggnog: Love it or Hate it, 16 Facts about it

We are a house divided.

I say "Yum!"  H says "Yuck."

From the archives ~~~

16 facts/theories/points of interest about the season's most creamy and delicious beverage of choice ~

1/ Believed to have originated in East Anglia, England, it was popular among the aristocracy because the ingredients were fairly expensive back then. "You have to remember, the average Londoner rarely saw a glass of milk," says author and historian James Humes (To Humes It May Concern, July 1997). "There was no refrigeration, and the farms belonged to the big estates. Those who could get milk and eggs to make eggnog mixed it with brandy or Madeira or even sherry."

2/ By the time it crossed the Atlantic to colonial America, rum was relatively cheap and readily available, making it the eggnog spike of choice for new Americans.
Bottoms up.

3/ A recipe for a version of eggnog was supposedly found among George Washington’s kitchen papers in Mount Vernon.  It called for brandy, rye,  rum and sherry.  Other variations of the recipe called for whiskey, cognac and rum.  Apparently, after the Revolutionary War, GW is said to have held raucous parties where he served his special eggnog.
(I added the ‘raucous’ part.)

4/ One theory about where the name ‘eggnog’ came from ... Nog comes from the word “noggin” which was a small, wooden, carved mug. So, an egg served drink in a noggin became eggnog.

5/ The Merriam-Webster online dictionary defines eggnog as "a drink consisting of eggs beaten with sugar, milk or cream, and often alcoholic liquor."

6/ In literature ~ “Come, come, old Fritz,” said the Judge; “you are seventy, not seventeen; Richard waits for you with a bowl of eggnog, in the hall.” From The Pioneers by Cooper, James Fenimore, who also wrote The Last of the Mohicans

7/ In movies ~ "Can I refill your eggnog for you? Get you something to eat? Drive you out to the middle of nowhere and leave you for dead?" - Clark W. Griswold in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
christmas vacation

8/  It is called coquito in Puerto Rico

9/  and rompope in Mexico.

10/  There is eggnog soap.
Lather up.

11/ And, eggnog scented lip balm.
Pucker up.

12/ And, Eggnog latte at Starbucks, Edy’s eggnog ice cream, eggnog flavored gumballs, eggnog salt water taffy.

13/ December 24th is National Eggnog Day.

14/ Over 13,000 people like Eggnog on Facebook.

15/ 1 cup has 343 calories, 19 grams of fat and 150mg of cholesterol

16/ Bethenny Frankel’s version is only 148 calories!
I'll have what she's having.


Oh, forget it, it's the holidays.  Eat, drink the full fat eggnog and be merry!
Happy Holidays!

This being Roses, today, I am grateful ~
1/ For eggnog
2/ and a sprinkle of nutmeg
3/ and that H doesn't like eggnog at all (more for me. Fill er up)

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