What the heck is eggnog made of, and which part of the egg is the nog?
As I sit here enjoying my cold, delicious eggnog in front of the Christmas tree, that little random thought just happened to pop into my head — which has become quite a weird habit as of late.
Eggnog has essentially become synonymous with Christmas and I can’t go a season without tossing back a glass of it. Maybe you’re the same? But whether you love eggnog or hate it, have you ever actually wondered what you’re drinking?
Try observing it as it sits in the glass. Not to ruin it for anybody, but it’s a weird, discolored goo that looks as if someone cracked open six eggs and poured some milk into it.
So, as my inquisitive mind often prompts me to do, I Googled the topic and came up with the answer.
According to the all-knowing, never deceiving Wikipedia, Eggnog is a “dairy-based beverage traditionally made with milk and/or cream, sugar, whipped eggs and…” for the adults out there “…spirits such as brandy, rum or bourbon.”
Basically, what I just described is accurate: it’s a bunch of raw eggs mixed up with milk, topped off with sugar and cream.
And yet, somehow that still sounds appetizing to me. Go figure.
But why “nog?”
Wikipedia goes on: “The ‘nog’ part of its name may stem from the word noggin, a Middle English term for a small, carved wooden mug used to serve alcohol.”
So take the alcohol out of the recipe, and if you’re drinking nonalcoholic eggnog, you’re basically chugging eggs like Rocky Balboa.