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1. This decadent drink is traditionally made with milk, cream, sugar, whipped egg whites, egg yolks and spiced with either cinnamon or nutmeg. It can be served chilled or warmed up.
2. Sometimes brandy, rum, whisky, or bourbon are added to eggnog.
3. It has its origins around the 13th century in England. Back then, the English used to enjoy drinking ‘posset’ which was a warm ale with eggs and figs. Eventually, milk was added. However, only the rich could afford this drink because eggs and milk were both expensive. Just like in current times where only the rich can afford their heating.
4. It’s suggested that the word ‘eggnog’ may derive from ‘noggin’ which was a small wooden mug that was used to serve eggnog.
5. Eggnog was even used as a remedy for colds, sore throats and flu.
6. Even though this drink has English origins, the US consumes it the most. In fact, Christmas Eve is also National Eggnog Day there.
7. George Washington loved it with whisky, rum and sherry.
8. In 1920, British journalist, Pierce Egan, invented the ‘Tom and Jerry’ eggnog cocktail made with rum and brandy. Yes, the cartoon could be inspired by this!
9. Because eggnog is made from raw eggs, there is a slight risk of salmonella. If you buy it, you can check to see if pasteurized eggs have been used. Or buy vegan versions instead.
10. Due to its milk content, eggnog is a good source of calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and vitamins A and D. However, it is high in sugar and saturated fat. I suggest to make your own rather than buying shop-bought eggnog.
I don’t drink eggnog. Do you? Let me know in the comments below.
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Sources: tastemade.com, mentalfloss.com, justfunfacts.com, funfactsabout.com, whychristmas.com, womenshealthmag.com, healthline.com