Eggnog has become the star of Christmas festivities in some European countries and the United States, and variants of this fantastic drink even occupy a privileged place in the celebrations of various Latin American countries.
What is Eggnog?
Eggnog is a sweet drink, off-white or pale yellow in colour, whose consistency is quite thick and is usually served in glasses, although it is also common to drink it in cups.
When you taste eggnog, you immediately get a pleasant sensation on the palate, thanks to its delicious taste and creamy texture.
Unlike a traditional punch, which is made with a mixture of drinks with or without alcohol and generally fruit, eggnog is made with eggs and dairy, in addition to other ingredients, which can vary according to preferences and tastes, giving it a delicious uniqueness.
Where did it come from?
The origin of this drink, which has become a favourite all over the world, especially during the winter season with its privileged presence at the Christmas table, is unknown.
However, eggnog is thought to have originated in the early middle ages, within the British upper class.
Specifically, it came from a hot drink called posset, prepared with cooked milk and mixed with various ingredients, such as: wine, beer, cereals; and usually sweetened with sugar and some spices.
According to historical references, it was monks who added egg to the recipe, as well as nuts, changing the original version of a drink, and began to be served in toasts and celebrations.
Then, by mixing it with liquors such as Brandy, it positioned itself as a drink to be shared during festivities, acquiring the symbolism of an allegorical drink of prosperity and good luck.
Toasts with Eggnog.
During the XVI century sonly the wealthiest could afford to consume a drink with its ingredients: dairy, eggs and brandy.
It wasn’t until the XVIII century that it arrived in the British colonies in the United States, going through some changes in its recipe.
From the XIX century onward, eggnog grew in popularity in the United States and became associated with Christmas.
Where does the name come from?
In terms of the name, eggnog, it’s quite curious. In Spanish, it’s called “ponche de huevo”, literally “egg punch”.
But it’s not a traditional punch as such.
On this point, the scholars have various theories:
- On the one hand, there is the fact that “noggin” was a type of cup the British posset was served in, but it could also derive from “nog”, an old English word used as a name for some beers with a high alcohol content.
- Another theory points to an American word created from the name egg’n’ grog, as rum used to be called grog.
One thing for certain is that, in any case, the recipe for preparing eggnog has travelled the world, adapting to the flavours of the regions it’s been.
¿What exactly does Eggnog consist of?
The essential ingredients of eggnog are: eggs, milk or single cream, sugar, alcohol, and some spices.
There is no definitive recipe as everyone makes it to their own personal preference, in terms of having a touch o sweetness, being more creamy or not, the use of spices.
A particular detail is the type of alcohol used, which might be sherry, brandy, rum, cognac or bourbon.
Eggnog, hot or cold?
Eggnog is drunk cold.
Sometimes it’s combined with whipped cream or candy canes with cinnamon powder.
It’s a very energising drink that keeps you warm during winter weather, even if you drink it cold.
Next we are going to leave you with an eggnog recipe that you are sure to love, with all the steps set out to make it.
Recipe Tips: Eggnog Recipe
- Preparation time: 8 minutes
- Cooking time: 30 minutes
- Portion size: 1 Glass
- Number of servings: 10
- Cooking style: European
- 950 ml of milk
- 230 ml of single cream to assemble
- 1 cinnamon stick
- ½ teaspoon of nutmeg
- 1 vanilla pod (cut it lengthways and take out the seeds)
- 8 egg yolks
- 200 g of sugar, although if you want a more fitness version you can substitute this for any type of sweetener.
- 60 ml of rum (optional)
- Nutmeg to decorate
|Nutritional Information per serving|
|of which saturates:||4,3g|
|of which sugars:||25,4g|
How to make: Eggnog Recipe
- Beat the egg yolks well with the sugar, until they thicken, for around 5 minutes.
- Heat the milk, cream, cinnamon stick, nutmeg and vanilla in a pot over a medium heat until it boils, stirring with a wooden spoon to prevent it from sticking.
- Set aside 240ml of the above mixture and gradually pour it over the egg yolk and sugar mixture, while continuing to beat.
- When the previous mixture is completely uniform, pour it into the pot together with the rest of the hot milk and spices, letting it fall gradually without stopping stirring over a medium heat, and without it coming to a boil, until it thickens, so that the back of the spoon is covered.
- Strain the mixture through a sieve, add rum, and stir until well combined. Leave to cool.
- Once room temperature is reached, cover it with transparent film and leave to cool for at least 1 hour.
- Serve the eggnog with freshly grated nutmeg sprinkled over the top.
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