Grogg n' Eggnog's Elite Past


telljoe - Posted on 23 December 2011

Author: 
Joseph Bolden

Grogg n’ Eggnog’s Elite Past

Before I leave for part unknown (or hold up in my cave of convenience) I want to learn about that “white with brown spots when we make to light or deep yellow when sold in stores. I’m talking about that traditional holiday liquid Eggnog.

I don’t much about its origins except the stuff grows on you and has evolved over time and for many of us the taste of it varies.

Information from: thenewscourier.com/features/Origins-of-a-holiday-s
The News-Courier in Athens, Alabama

here are different theories on the origins of the word eggnog itself. Some believe it has gotten its name from the Old English word “nog,” which meant “strong beer.” The “egg” refers to one of the ingredients in the beverage, fresh eggs. Others surmise that it comes from the word “noggin,” which was a vessel for serving drinks in taverns. The drink was called “egg in a noggin,” which was shortened to “eggnog.” Still, there are others who say its name is derived from the term “grog,” which was another term for booze. “Egg n' grog” was eventually abbreviated to “eggnog.”

the recipe for eggnog has essentially remained unchanged throughout the centuries. It consists of beaten eggs, cream or milk and sugar mixed with some sort of alcoholic spirit. The Old English were believed to mix it with wine, though once the drink was brought to the New World, colonists substituted rum for the wine. Rum was readily available through tradesman running between the Americas and the Caribbean and therefore less expensive than another spirit. As America grew and eggnog was enjoyed in different parts of the country, the rum was replaced with regional spirits, including bourbon or grain alcohol. Other ingredients were also added to give it a customized flavor. However, the use of nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves has become traditional flavors for the holiday brew.
All I’m saying is in Merry ole England for a long time concoction was made for kings, queens, Dutch’s, princes, Dukes, Earls, other minor royalty, and merchant princes with enough cash to have the stuff made if didn’t want to dirty their hands stooping so low as to make their own mixtures.
But as we’ve red many of the upper class and those in the military made their contribution to this varied at times too rich holiday fare.

Today’s eggnog comes in many varieties from strictly traditional to new egg-less, cream to no cream creations from rice to soy bean drinks that somehow updates yet keeps the tradition of eggnog firmly with us.
For those of us that are lactose intolerant (those without enzymes to break down whole eggs) still get to enjoy that delicious drink on occasion.
Oh, I forgot there’s more info about this on the web, in libraries, maybe your family has a tradition different on how to create the sweet treat. Ask them and see what you may not have known.
From Ask/Tell Joe (I get confused tween’ the two) To everyone who can have a blessed, glorious, safe, happy, and loving Christmas and New Year. And for us who are without homes or work at the moment. Stay strong, hang in, and keep faith within yourself and hold your head up.

 

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