November 8, 2007

Is it the egg or the nog?

What is it that makes eggnog so darn it the egg or the nog?
I think it's the nog. rum... doesn't matter.
I love it.
And I love F'real shakes for bringing it to us in a frozen concoction. (that you get to make yourself in a snazzy blender)

It might be a bit early in the season to share my passion for eggnog...but I am going to anyway...
Turkey and cranberry sauce is two weeks away....but Wawa has already started to sell it's amazing eggnog shakes. At 580 calories, and 23 grams of fat...I don't need my gum shoe certificate to solve the mystery of why I might pack on a few extra pounds this month.

I decided to do a quick background investigation on my suspect.
Wikipedia says Eggnog, or a similar bev, may have originated in England.
Apparently the drink adopted the nog part of its name from the word noggin, a middle English phrase used to describe the strong ale, with which it was sometimes mixed.

It was a hit amongst the aristocrats because the ingredients were a bit pricey. The average Londoner rarely even saw a glass of milk.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, sherry or madeira (founding fathers favorite quaff).

The drink crossed the pond to the English colonies during the 1700s. Since brandy and wine were heavily taxed, rum became the popular substitute (convenient due to the trade arranged with the Caribbean.) Liquor on the cheap coupled with a healthy dose of dairy products helped the drink become very popular in America.

It actually wasn't until the 1960s, that eggnog was widely available non-alcoholic mostly during the holiday season...

The aussies, however- they know what's going on- and eggnog is available 365 days a year.

Eggnog is also purported to be an aphrodisiac, likely due to the raw egg content.
SO I guess the outback is just gettin a little more frisky.
But, I still think it's the nog.

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