The ‘Nog Blog

‘Tis the season to be jolly … because your cups will soon be filled with glorious eggnog.

Eggnog has been keeping holiday spirits bright since the 14th century (probably because this sweet entertaining staple is generally served with your favorite spirit mixed in).

Sure, you can find eggnog without alcohol, but why bother? George Washington himself had his own recipe for this festive favorite that included whiskey, rye and sherry. To honor our country, it’s our duty to drink it as our founding fathers did – spiked!

No matter what holiday gathering you go to, eggnog is sure to have a special spot on the menu.

Speaking of holiday parties, my favorite eggnog memory was from a family Christmas party in 1989. A weird uncle was over and being his typical self and sipping some ‘nog. Having had enough, my dad walked up to him and said, “Can I refill your eggnog for you? Get you something to eat? Drive you out to the middle of nowhere and leave you for dead?”

Or it may have been Clark Griswold and not my dad (I watch a lot of holiday movies).

Anyway, here are some fun eggnog facts (our trivia gift to you this season):

Christmas Eve in National Eggnog Day.

In colonial days, Caribbean rum was the most used spirit to spike eggnog because it was cheaper and had lower taxes than alcohol from Europe.

Americans consume more than 135 million pound of eggnog each year.

Eggnog can usually be found in US stores from November until early January.

Back in the day, this drink was typically served in a small wooden cup – or noggin – which became the inspiration for its name.

No that we’ve whetted your appetite for this beloved beverage, here’s a recipe for an eggnog cocktail with a modern twist:

Salted Caramel Eggnog

Salted Caramel Eggnog
8 oz. eggnog
3 oz. spiced rum
Caramel sauce, warmed
Sea salt
Whipped Cream

Coat the inside of a 12 oz. Tervis tumbler (or stemless wine glass) with caramel sauce.
Add eggnog, spiced rum and pinch of sea salt and stir.
Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of nutmeg.

Salted Caramel Eggnog