In many homes, Christmas is ended by enjoying the Roscón de Reyes by dipping in hot chocolate. But although we say goodbye to Christmas sweets, it is difficult to say goodbye to the traditional hot chocolate, especially now that the coldest of winter awaits us. Are you not very fond of the cocoa drink? You can try the eggnog or eggnog, another sweet drink associated with the holidays that comforts even when the temperatures drop.
Most of us have known the “punch” through film and television that has come to us from the United States, especially with high school parties where there was always someone who added alcohol to the mix. In general it is a mixture of drinks with or without alcohol and usually fruit, but the eggnog It has the peculiarity of being made with eggs and dairy. Its origin does not finish clarifying but there is something evident, it has become a typical winter drink and is already part of the Christmas traditions.
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Origins and history of eggnog
The exact origins of such popular recipes as eggnog are difficult to ascertain for sure. The elaborations of mixtures of different drinks are as old as humanity itself, and in many cases have evolved according to the region, customs and purchasing power of each society. It was inevitable that throughout Europe the tradition of preparing mulled wine would spread to cope with the winter, and that is why today we have so many different versions of the Glühwein German, different but very similar in essence.
Eggnog seems to date back to the early British Middle Ages, when the posset. Today turned into a curd-like dessert, posset was a milk-based drink cooked with various ingredients, such as beer, wine, cereals or stale bread, and was generally sweetened with sugar and spices. It was considered a remedy against colds and sore throats, although later more sophisticated versions were created for the higher classes.
Probably the monks added egg to the recipe and also dried fruits such as figs, thus enriching the most humble version of a drink that began to be associated with toasts and celebrations. When mixed with expensive liquors such as Jerez, it became a traditional drink to share on specific festivities, acquiring a certain symbolism of prosperity and good luck.
As with so many recipes and customs, the drink came to America through European immigrants. In the United States it did not take long to win over his audience and it became a very popular drink, being prepared with other liquors that were easier to find and cheaper, such as whiskey or rum. Apparently George Whasington himself was fond of this drink and used to offer it to his guests, and by the middle of the 19th century, eggnog was already associated with Christmas.
The eggnog, Christmas and the love-hate it unleashes
Funny how Christmas parties get keep so many traditions despite the fact that many times we do not like certain customs and products too much. Surely you all hate some sweet or typical dish that is not missing in your house but that deep down you do not find it funny; Well, something similar happens with eggnog in the United States.
Its aroma already awakens nostalgia in many Americans and manufacturers flood the stores with commercial versions of all kinds, but raise as many passions as hatred. Admittedly, it sounds strange at the outset, as its translation into our language does not inspire that endearing Christmas atmosphere that is supposed to inspire fans of this drink. The standard punch in any version is punch, but the egg is eggnog, and yes, it sounds completely different.
Why don’t you just call eggpunch? The origin of the name is not very clear either., although the historians shuffle several theories. A noggin It was a type of mug in which the British posset was served, but it could also be derived from not, G, the name given to certain high-alcohol beers. Other theories point to an Americanism created from the name egg-n-grog -It was common to call rum grog-, or from the Scottish term nugg.
In any case, one of the first written references to mention the eggnog is Isaac Weld’s travel book titled ‘Travels Through the States of North America and the Provinces of Upper and Lower Canada, during the years 1795, 1796, and 1797’. In his work, Weld explains that American travelers follow the custom of taking energy by taking eggnog, a mixture of milk, eggs, rum and sugar. There’s nothing like a good, consistent, sweet, alcohol-laden drink to withstand physical labor when temperatures drop.
What exactly does the eggnog contain?
We have seen it countless times in the movies: eggnog is a creamy, white, ivory, or pale yellow drink, somewhat thick and that is usually served in cups or glasses of low foot. The normal thing is to take it very cold and it is often accompanied by whipped cream, candy canes and ground cinnamon, as if it were a hot chocolate or a Viennese coffee. It has also become an ingredient in itself to prepare ice cream, cakes, cookies, smoothies or even pancakes and candies. But what exactly does a traditional eggnog carry?
Among the essential ingredients are milk or light cream, raw eggs, sugar, alcohol and spices. As with this type of preparation, each family has its own recipe, which can be more or less sweet, thick or with different spices. The type of alcohol used can also vary, from rum or bourbon to sherry, brandy or cognac. Of course there are also non-alcoholic versions And nowadays it is easy to find lactose-free or vegan recipes.
Although many people are recovering the tradition of making their own homemade eggnog, today there is so much choice of brands that many Americans do not bother to prepare it at home. It saves you the unpleasant step of using raw egg, but most commercial eggnogs add thickeners, flavorings, and colorings, with little egg and adding much more sugar than they should. The degree of alcohol may vary according to brands and recipes, but authorities often warn to be careful when enjoying this drink because it is easy to go overboard without the consumer noticing.
Eggnog in other countries
Of course the egnogg It is not the only drink that exists based on eggs, milk and alcohol. Although all of them probably had the same origin, today different varieties in many countries of whose tradition they are already an inseparable part. For example, in Mexico there is rompope, which is usually thick and more yellowish in color, with a vanilla aroma and a touch of almond, among other possibilities.
Similar to this drink is the advocaat, typical of Holland and Belgium, a quite thick and also yellow liquor that can carry gin or brandy And it can even be made with chocolate or coffee. In Germany and other countries such as Switzerland or Austria, mulled wine coexists with Eierpunsch, very typical in artisan markets and also homemade as a Christmas gift. East it usually also carries white wine and many spices, sometimes also orange or lemon scent.
Back in America we find coquito in Puerto Rico, very similar to these drinks but characterized by having coconut milk or cream and, usually, condensed milk, sometimes without eggs. In Chile, on the other hand, they enjoy their monkey tail or colemono at parties, which It is not prepared with eggs but is based on milk with coffee, brandy, spices and sugar. And very similar to eggnog is also the Venezuelan cream punch, based on eggs, milk, sugar and alcohol, which is usually rum. It can also be found with condensed milk and different aromas.
It is clear that the eggnog, eggnog and the various variations is a Very caloric drink that puts you in tune when the cold strikes, despite not being served hot. In the past, its energetic and restorative power would be much more useful for daily life, but today it has remained a whim largely associated with the Christmas holidays. It is not a bad idea to limit its consumption to these days to avoid more excesses, although it is undoubtedly also appropriate to better face those winter storms that await us. Have you tried it? Do you think it would make a good pair with the Roscón de Reyes?
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