National Eggnog Day is coming up on Christmas Eve! Today, everyone who loves a drink buys it in a store or prepares it on their own. It’s great that this tradition has passed through the centuries and annually reminds of itself.
The ingredients of the drink are the simplest. The old version used egg yolks, powdered sugar, milk, a pint of brandy, all topped with whipped egg whites. Salt, vanillin, cinnamon, nutmeg are often added to the modern version. The availability and invention of the British writer Pierce Egana to add alcohol to the composition did its job: in colonial America, the drink was very popular in the 1820s.
Without it, there was no feeling of the upcoming holiday. Even travelers wrote about it. Eggnog has become a favorite secular drink. Spices complemented the fullness of taste, the rumor about it scattered for many kilometers. It soon acquired a strong association with winter and celebrations, and then its own National Day.
Eggnog may have been derived from the British posset. The prototype was prepared from hot milk, fermented with wine or beer. The first mention of the name dates back to 1775 – the term was used in the New Jersey Journal. The article was about a guy who drinks a glass of drink every day.
Did you know that:
- the first president George Washington was very fond of experimenting and created his own recipe with the addition of rum, sherry and whiskey. The strength of the drink went off scale – not everyone had the courage to drink it;
- some researchers suggest that the name comes from the word “noggin”, meaning a small wooden mug;
- more than 135 million pounds of the drink is consumed annually by the American population.
How to celebrate
Prepare an eggnog and treat your friends! Organize a fun party and discuss plans for the holidays. Try unusual recipes and be inspired by them. Ready mixes are widely sold in stores – buy your favorite flavors and enjoy them.
When is National Eggnog Day celebrated in 2022?
National Eggnog Day is observed on December 24 each year.