Happy Holidays And Drink Up

By  | November 30, 2018 | Filed under: Interesting Facts, News

Image result for egg nog In North America, eggnog is a traditional drink of the holiday season. The sweet, frothy mixture of beaten eggs, milk, sugar, cream and maybe a little nutmeg can be consumed as made, or with a shot of rum or brandy to add spirits to your holiday spirit….but did you know that December is National Egg Nog Month?

But why make egg nog for the holidays?

Eggnog began in the British aristocracy…In the winter, the wealthy would drink warm milk and egg beverages seasoned with pricey spices such as ground nutmeg and cinnamon and expensive liquors like brandy and sherry to keep it from spoiling.  When the drink passed to America, rum was used. During the American Revolution rum was replaced with moonshine since supplies of rum from the Caribbean were low. That scarcity could account for eggnog’s designation a special occasion-only drink. So it became a tradition to drink this special brew during colder weather and around the holidays and this tradition can still be found today with or without the addition of strong spirits.

Easy three ingredient egg nog…..well maybe four…Image result for egg nog and moonshine

2 pints vanilla ice cream
1/2 cup rum, cognac or bourbon (or more if desired)
freshly ground nutmeg

Scoop the ice cream into a pitcher and let thaw in the refrigerator overnight.

Stir in the rum and mix well.

To serve, pour the eggnog into glasses and sprinkle with freshly ground nutmeg and add your favorite spirit, rum, brandy or the good ole Southern standby moonshine.

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