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The origins and the ingredients used to make the original eggnog drink are widely debated. Eggnog is thought to have originated in East Anglia, or it may have simply developed from posset, a medieval dessert made with hot milk. The “nog” part of its name may stem from the wordnoggin, a Middle English term for a small, carved wooden mug used to serve alcohol. However, the British drink was also called an Egg Flip, derived from “flipping” or rapidly pouring the egg mixture between two pitchers to mix it. In Britain, the drink was popular mainly among the aristocracy. Those who could get milk and eggs mixed it with brandy, Madeira or sherry to make a drink similar to modern alcoholic egg nog.
Egg nog is described in Cold Comfort Farm (chapter 21) as a Hell’s Angel, made with an egg, two ounces of brandy, a teaspoonful of cream, and some chips of ice, where it is served as breakfast.
The drink crossed the Atlantic to the English colonies during the 18th century. Since brandy and wine were heavily taxed, rum was a cost-effective substitute. The inexpensive liquor, coupled with plentiful farm and dairy products, helped the drink become very popular in America. When the supply of rum to United States was reduced as a consequence of the American Revolution, Americans turned to domestic whiskey, and eventually bourbon in particular, as a substitute. The Eggnog Riot occurred at the United States Military Academy on 23–25 December 1826. Whiskey was smuggled into the barracks to make eggnog for a Christmas Day party. The incident resulted in the court-martialing of twenty cadets and one enlisted soldier.
- 2 pints of full fat milk
- 6 eggs (free range)
- 50g of caster sugar
- 20 fresh cherries – halved with stones removed
- 200ml of brandy
- cocoa powder
Gently heat the sugar, eggs, milk and vanilla pod in a medium-sized pan. Continue heating until the consistency is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. You can choose to either serve the eggnog as it is or you can serve it chilled. To serve the eggnog, put an even amount of cherries at the bottom of each glass. Then pour a small amount of brandy into each glass and top up with the eggnog. Dust with cocoa powder for the finishing touch.
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