you're looking for something to do today then grab yourself a cup
because it's National Eggnog Day! There's always room for more
eggnog in your stomach! So, let's get right into celebrating
National Eggnog Day!
WHY IS THIS A
Because people drink this stuff like crazy around this time of
year! It's thick, sweet, creamy and oh so satisfying. And, if you want
to warm yourself up from the inside out, then you can add in a little
alcohol to liven things up. And even if you've never really tried
eggnog before, once you do you'll soon realize why people want to
celebrate it. That combination of fat and sugar is just too hard to
resist... and the alcohol doesn't help either! The origins of
this wonderful drink are a bit shaky, but we do know that it made its
way across the Atlantic Ocean to the American colonies in the 18th
century. And since people were farming up a storm over here, there were
plenty of dairy products and eggs to make into eggnog. And, since
brandy and wine were a bit too taxed, rum was the perfect, low-priced
substitution. It was the perfect combination of circumstances to really
make this drink take off in the "new world". But, during the American
Revolutionary War, the rum supply ran a little thin, so people starting
mixing bourbon and whiskey in their eggnog. I don't think that
would be too appealing, but what is appealing are all the spices, eggs,
sugar and milk that go into eggnog. Sometimes the eggs are raw, and
never cooked, so you have to be careful with those recipes, but you can
always opt for a recipe that has you to cook the egg yolks. And if
you're vegan, you can always opt for eggnog made with rice or soy
products or coconut milk; coconut milk sounds awesome! Either way
you decide to drink it, be sure to wipe the froth from your upper lip!
So, how can you celebrate today? Well, do you already have
some eggnog in your fridge? Then why don't you start out your day with
a cup of eggnog? Oh... you don't want to give up your morning coffee?
Then mix some eggnog into your coffee and you can skip the cream! Going
for an early morning run? Pop some eggnog in your water bottle... oh...
OK, that might not be a good idea. Hmm... mix some vanilla protein
powder into some eggnog for a post-workout shake? Now we're talking!
But if you don't have any, then you have two options: make some
yourself or pick some up at the store. Actually, you could probably
order eggnog at restaurants, around this time of year. So, if you want
the easy way out, then check and see if any restaurants are serving it
or just head to the store, where you know they will have it. And don't
worry, most of it comes without alcohol, so the kids can celebrate too!
But, if you're brave, you can test out all kinds of different alcohol
in your eggnog. I bet some coconut or vanilla rum would be magical!
But if you do opt to make your own, then get it started as soon
as possible, so that you can cool it down in time to drink it today.
All you'll really need is some milk, maybe some light cream, sugar,
eggs, vanilla extract and spices like cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg. And,
if I were you, I'd aim to get a recipe that has you cook the eggs, but
maybe you're like Rocky and you're down with drinking them raw. Either
way... enjoy yourself! Have a great day and sip slowly!