German eggnog history
Eggnog originated in medieval Europe, where it was known as “posset”. This drink consisted of milk heated with wine or beer and often refined with spices and sugar. Over the centuries, different variations of posset developed, and eventually eggs were introduced as the main ingredient.
German eggnog, as we know it today, originated in the 18th century and was originally called “Eierflip”. It enjoyed great popularity, especially during Advent and at Christmas markets.
Differences between German eggnog and eggnog
Both drinks are based on eggs, milk or cream and an alcoholic base. Still, there are some key differences between German eggnog and American or British eggnog:
- Alcohol Base: Eggnog usually uses wine, rum*, or arrack (an alcoholic drink made from palm sap or rice) as its alcoholic base, while eggnog usually contains bourbon, brandy*, or rum.
- Spices: German eggnog is often spiced with cinnamon, vanilla and lemon zest, while American eggnog typically contains nutmeg and sometimes cinnamon and cloves.
- Consistency and preparation: The punch is generally thicker and creamier than eggnog. While eggnog is often prepared by separating the eggs and beating the whites until stiff before folding them into the yolk mixture, eggnog likes to use the whole egg and whisk it with the other ingredients.
- Serving method: Eggnog is traditionally served hot, while eggnog can be drunk either hot or cold.