The lovers can't get enough, and the haters just don't get it. See what's all the fuss over egg nog.
Families have argued over egg nog for generations. Some love it, and some hate it. Rarely do families agree on this traditional holiday beverage. There is even debate over the spelling of egg nog, with eggnog and egg-nog also being acceptable. This rich dairy beverage contains a significant flavor of nutmeg and often appears at holiday gatherings.
While there are some differing stories, a common belief is that egg nog began in Europe. "As early as the 13th century, medieval monks in Britain were known to drink posset, a warm ale punch with eggs and figs. Over the years, this likely merged with the various milk and wine punches often served at social gatherings."
Egg nog is made by beating eggs with sugar, milk, cream, and your choice of distilled liquor. The classic recipe hasn't changed much in years, but there are variations based on culture and taste.
In Puerto Rico, egg nog is often made with coconut juice or milk. Those in Mexico add Mexican vanilla and cinnamon with grain alcohol or rum. And Peruvians add a brandy called pisco to their egg nog.
"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?" ~Clark Griswold, Christmas Vacation
With dozens of brands of egg nog available, the argument over who has the best egg nog may never cease. Though, I just have to advocate for the egg nog available by Royal Crest Dairy. If you subscribe to milk deliveries from Royal Crest, be sure to add a quart or two of this deliciousness. Royal Crest also has a lower-fat egg nog that is still full of flavor and body. If you don't currently receive deliveries from Royal Crest, check your local Sprouts Farmers Market. They have carried Royal Crest Egg Nog in the past.
Favorite Egg Nog Recipes
More than just enjoying a glass of egg nog or stopping by your local coffee shop for an egg nog latte, try one of these recipes to spread the holiday cheer: