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    Eggnog .... Tis' the Season!

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    NcMysteryShopper
    Tue Nov 28, 2006 3:30 pm
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    The literal translation of Eggnog is “eggs in a small cup” or “eggs in strong ale.” Traditionally eggnog is used to toast ones health. “Nog” is an Old English dialect word of unclear origins that was used to depict a type of strong ale around the seventeenth century. Eggnog, however, is first mentioned in the early nineteenth century and appears on both sides of the Atlantic. An alternative British term for eggnog was “egg flip.”

    Eggnog appears to have originated in England and was the trademark drink of the upper class. "You have to remember, the average Londoner rarely saw a glass of milk," says author/historian James Humes (July 1997, "To Humes It May Concern"), former speech writer and adviser to four presidents. "There was no refrigeration, and the farms belonged to the big estates. Those who could get milk and eggs to make eggnog mixed it with brandy or Madeira or even sherry." But it became most trendy in America, where dairy yields were abundant and Caribbean rum was plentiful.

    Eggnog descended from posset, a hot British beverage which consists of eggs, milk, and ale or wine. The recipe for eggnog (eggs beaten with sugar, milk or cream, and spirits) traveled the globe, adapting to local flavors everywhere it landed.

    In the American South, bourbon replaced ale (though nog, the British slang for strong ale, stuck). Rich, strong eggnog is not unfamiliar to holiday carousing in New Orleans, and eggnog takes its place alongside syllabubs on the traditional southern table.

    Eggnog goes by the name coquito in Puerto Rico, where rum is the liquor of choice. 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 was adapted with the addition of Mexican cinnamon and rum, 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.

    Eierpunsch is the German name given to a warm, alcoholic, egg-based drink similar to Eggnog. It is made with egg white, sugar, white wine and vanilla and sometimes cream or custard is added The Germans also make Biersuppe, eggnog or egg soup with beer. Advocaat is a rich and creamy Dutch liqueur made from a blend of egg yolks, aromatic spirits, sugar, brandy, and vanilla. The drink originated with Dutch settlers in South America. There, they mixed a thick beverage using whipped avocados. When they attempted to duplicate the drink in the Netherlands, egg yolk was substituted for the exotic fruit. The name Advocaat is derived from Dutch words for the avocado fruit.



    Traditionally eggnog is served as a Christmas drink or during New Year's Eve. Historically, however, it is a winter drink, not a holiday-specific one. Although the best eggnogs are created using "homemade" recipes, ready-made eggnog with alcohol and "just-add-alcohol" versions are obtainable in stores worldwide. Whisky, bourbon, rum, brandy, or cognac can be added to eggnog. Since the 1960s, eggnog has been served cold and without alcohol, both of which are considerable departures from its historical beginnings. In North America, a few soymilk manufacturers offer soy-based eggnogs for vegans and those with dairy allergies. Eggnog can also be added as an ingredient to food recipes or other drink recipes.



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    Lauraloveslife
    Tue Nov 28, 2006 5:12 pm
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    I made a creamy eggnog custard pie for Thanksgiving. Don't have the recipe here with me, but it was yummy!
    John DOH
    Thu Nov 30, 2006 1:13 am
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    ""moose Milk"" seems appropriate...as mentioned, the liquor can be changed to suit the tastes, but Lemon Hart is my pick....
    Bergy
    Thu Nov 30, 2006 11:26 am
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    Here is a recipe that helps use up some of the left over eggnog in a very tasty way Overnight Eggnog Baked French Toast
    This is my favorite Egg Nog recipe Special Gourmet Christmas Eggnog
    Kittencalskitchen
    Thu Nov 30, 2006 11:34 am
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    NcMysteryShopper
    Thu Nov 30, 2006 11:36 am
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    Eggnog for Entertaining

    This is a great eggnog recipe for when you have a group of people with different ideas about how eggnog should be served, as they can always add equal parts brandy and rum to the beverage without ruining its great flavor. I have noticed that many people who say they do not care for eggnog, have only tried store bought eggnog…. This recipe by George Mahaffey , former chef of Aspen’s Little Nell Hotel, is always a holiday hit and perfect to serve after Christmas dinner. Use fresh grated nutmeg for best flavor.
    twissis
    Thu Nov 30, 2006 11:38 am
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    I have one I confess I haven't tried yet, but will during the holidays. It's Decadent Eggnog & it sounds so good to me. How could it not put the spirit in your holiday?

    btw, my thx to ncmysteryshopper for clueing me in about this thread. icon_smile.gif
    Sharon123
    Thu Nov 30, 2006 11:58 am
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    Hi! I have one recipe to contribute:

    Cranberry Eggnog Cheesecake
    lazyme
    Thu Nov 30, 2006 12:14 pm
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    Here are 2 that I have.
    Cel's Eggnog Pie #191109 and Eggnog Punch #178721.
    Annacia
    Thu Nov 30, 2006 12:16 pm
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    Lovely thread, I love Eggnog and have some very nice recipes I can add.

    Eggnog Caramels
    Just too yummy!

    Eggnog Santa Cut-Outs
    The essence of Christmas cookies

    Spirited Eggnog Pie
    Rich, smooth and "spirited"

    Eggnog Pancakes
    Perfect way to start the morning and please the Christmas house guests.

    Santa's Kiss Christmas Punch
    A punch that will please the entire family

    Golden Eggnog Holiday Braid Recipe
    One of my favorites!
    Hadice
    Thu Nov 30, 2006 12:42 pm
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    Eggnog With a Twist

    This is rich and delicious! yummy.gif
    UnknownChef86
    Thu Nov 30, 2006 1:24 pm
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    Unknownchef86's Poor Man's Eggnog Latte is a recipe that I came up with after trying (and loving) eggnog lattes...but not necessarily wanting to pay the price for to fend off my addiction. yummy.gif

    White Chocolate Eggnog Fudge is a recipe that I made and reviewed recently. Good stuff! icon_biggrin.gif
    Chris in Cocoa
    Thu Nov 30, 2006 1:38 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Eggnog

    My stepdaughter makes slushies with eggnog. If I can keep the rest of the family away form it long enough I'm going to try making icecream with it.
    michEgan
    Thu Nov 30, 2006 1:40 pm
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    Here is a refreshing Egg Nog that is alittle different!

    Sparkling Orange Egg Nog

    Boiled Eggnog Custard


    Last edited by michEgan on Thu Nov 30, 2006 1:49 pm, edited 2 times in total
    Devon S
    Thu Nov 30, 2006 1:42 pm
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    Thanks for the link MysteryShopper. Here's a great bread/loaf type thingy we make with eggnog.

    Eggnog Bread
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