Holiday Eggnog Made Easy
Adding Spices Such as Cinnamon & Nutmeg Takes It Up A Notch
Why is Eggnog a Holiday Must-Have?
Eggnog is believed to have originated from a beverage named "posset," which consisted of hot curdled milk, spices, and alcohol (wine or ale). Eggs and additional ingredients were added later as the beverage grew in popularity with those who could afford to purchase them.
Eggnog is thought to come from the colonial Americans in the 18th century, who possessed rum and eggs in abundance. The beverage was most popular around Christmas due to the hot temperature of the drink and the flavors of nutmeg, cinnamon, and vanilla bean, which were utilized most during the winter. This is the main reason eggnog is synonymous with the holidays.
Fun Facts About Eggnog
How you make eggnog may depend on where you were born and raised. While there are many variations of this holiday beverage out there, they all involve three main ingredients: eggs, milk, and sugar. In the 18th century, one of the ways the wealthy could show off their fortune was by adding vanilla bean, nutmeg, and other spices. Today these ingredients are not as expensive, but in the 18th and 19th centuries they were "fancy" additives. In some places, eggnog is made with tea, or wine even.
In Puerto Rico, there's a variation called "coquito," which adds coconut milk to the drink, while in Cuba it's rum and condensed milk which is called "crema de vie."
I have not invented such fancy verbiage as to the name of my eggnog, but I will share my recipe, which I use year in and year out for holiday functions.
Good Cognac Only
- 9 egg yolks
- 3 egg whites
- 1 1/2 cups very fine sugar
- 1 quart whole milk
- 2 quarts heavy cream
- 1 pint bourbon
- 1 cup your favorite cognac
- 2 ounces dark rum
- With an electric mixer, handheld mixer, or blender, beat egg yolks until thick and pale yellow.
- Add sugar to yolks and beat with mixer while adding milk.
- Add 2 quarts of heavy cream. Add bourbon, rum, and cognac while stirring.
- Beat the remaining heavy cream and egg whites separately and fold into the egg and alcohol mixture.
- Add a sprinkle of nutmeg to top it off. Garnish your beverage with cinnamon sticks for additional flavor.
- Variations: Add whipped cream, peppermint, espresso bean, or coconut.