Nov 19, 2010


Glass Pitcher from nachokitty

EGGNOG--Love it or hate it?  Either way, you have to admit that it is a holiday tradition!   A little history lesson:

"Eggnog literally means eggs inside a small cup. It is used as a toast to ones health. Nog is an old English dialect word (from East Anglia) of obscure origins that was used to describe a kind of strong beer (hence noggin). It is first recorded in the seventeenth century. Eggnog, however, is first mentioned in the early nineteenth century but seems to have been popular on both sides of the Atlantic at that time......
Eggnog goes by the name coquito in Puerto Rico, where, not surprisingly, rum is the liquor of choice (as it is these days for many eggnog lovers in the U.S.). There the drink has the added appeal of being made with fresh coconut juice or coconut milk. Mexican eggnog, known as rompope, was  created in the convent of Santa Clara in the state of Puebla. The basic recipe is augmented with a heavy dose of Mexican cinnamon and rum or grain alcohol, and the resulting drink is sipped as a liqueur. In Peru, holidays are celebrated with a biblia con pisco, an eggnog made with the Peruvian pomace brandy called pisco.
The Germans make a eggnog or rather egg soup with beer (Biersuppe). Here in Iceland, we do have a soup here that resembles eggnog somewhat but there is no alcohol in it. It is served hot as a dessert. Other than that, we have nothing that resembles eggnog and no eggnog traditions."
Excerpt fromHistory of Eggnog
by Nanna Rognvaldardottir of Iceland

Nowadays, most of us purchase it ready made in cartons, and then add rum, brandy, bourbon or another liquor.  I like to top it with a sprinkling of freshly ground nutmeg.   CHEERS!!!!

Christmas Glasses from jenscloset


Callooh Callay said...

Wow, great choices on barware--how elegant! Thanks for the interesting post.

Lora said...

Just posted on FB!

nora - treasurehuntvintage said...

Thanks, Susan and Lora! :~)