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The History of Eggnog

Dec 10, 2012

One of the best things about the holidays is all the festive food that only comes out once a year, like Christmas cookies, candy canes and of course, eggnog! There’s nothing like curling up near the tree with this delicious seasonal drink, but do you know who invented it? Find out more in The History of Eggnog!

What Is It?

Eggnog is a sweet, thick milky drink usually served around the holidays. It's made from whipped eggs (sometimes just egg whites), milk or cream, sugar and spices like nutmeg and cinnamon. Sometimes it's made with alcohol as well, and some people add it to their coffee. It's served both hot and cold.

The Great Debate

The true origin of eggnog is debated among culinary scholars, although there are several different ways it is believed to have become popular. It's believed that it first was invented in either medieval Europe as a version of the hot drink "posset" or in England as a hot drink served in a "groggin" - that would be an old fashioned word for a mug! By the 18th century it had become incredibly popular with the aristocracy and in some circles was called a "Hell's Angels." Soon the delicious holiday concoction was made popular in the colonies and of course, North America.

Did You Know...

On December 23 to 25, 1826 The Eggnog Riot took place, in which at the U.S. Military Academy whisky was smuggled into the barracks in order for the cadets to have a Christmas party.   

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