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What is Eggnog? How did it Originate?

Egg Nog

A popular drink for both adults and kids during the holiday season is eggnog. A milk and egg drink, sometimes with spirits added, it is drunk straight or occasionally used as flavoring or in other foods.

The history and origin of eggnog is uncertain, but it was a popular drink by the time the medieval period of history ended. Even the source of the name is uncertain, with theories of it coming from the word Noggin for a small carved cup, or as a shortening and corruption of the word Grog, a name for rum drinks.

The multitude of farms in the Americas made the drink even more popular due to readily available ingredients. The drink gradually became popular during the Christmas period, gaining more ground as time went on. Versions without alcohol gave children the chance to try this unique drink as well, and the popularity continued to spread.

Although some people drink eggnog year-round, many people still seem to prefer the Christmas version of the drink. In addition to being consumed by itself, eggnog is also used to flavor coffee and other drinks, and even as a custard base for ice cream. There seems to be no wrong way to enjoy your eggnog!