Origin and development of the American eggnog
Eggnog has become an integral part of the winter and especially the Christmas season in many cultures. However, the evolution of the Christmas classic so common today spans several centuries and has been influenced by social, cultural and industrial changes. It probably owes its current popularity to the American Christmas movies that are distributed worldwide, in which Eggnog is almost always served and/or drunk with or without alcohol.
Origin of eggnog and eggnog
Posset, a medieval British drink made from spiced wine and milk, is one of the earliest documented examples of a drink that bears strong similarities to the modern American eggnog or eggnog. It was recommended in the 17th century mainly for the treatment of cold and flu symptoms. Emigrants eventually brought the posset recipe to the New World, where it was adapted to available ingredients and personal tastes.
Eggnog, eggnog and eggnog: Regional differences
In the United States, eggnogs are traditionally served with local bourbon instead of rum*. Eggnog is also a popular drink in neighboring Canada and, in addition to Christmas, is also served at Thanksgiving and Easter. Typically Canadian, it is often refined with a dash of maple syrup. The British eggnog precursor, eggnog is also known as milk punch and likes to be spiced with plenty of nutmeg or cinnamon.
Cultural significance of the eggnog
Eggnog is a popular drink at American holiday and New Year’s Eve parties. In the land of maple leaves, Canadians also enjoy it on other holidays, such as Thanksgiving and Easter. In the UK, milk punch has a long history as a medicinal drink, although it is now traditionally associated with the Christmas season.
The development of Eggnog and Co.
Over the years, the traditional punch has spawned many variations. Especially the base spirit has changed again and again. In recent years, dairy-free and vegan alternatives to the classic Eggnog have been increasingly offered, which can clearly be attributed to the growing trend of giving up animal-based foods.
Eggnog has long ceased to be a North American or British specialty, but thanks to the international spread of American Christmas movies, it can be found in many countries around the world, almost all of which can boast their own version of the cult drink.