Why We Drink Eggnog at Christmas
The popularity of eggnog has been persistently increasing and linked with Christmas Eve. Why do we drink egg nog? There seem to be eggnog and non-eggnog families. Those who have grown up drinking eggnog are neutral and may have a recipe or more. Those who haven’t experienced, see the drink as a curiosity that vaguely belongs to holiday history and tradition.
The word “eggnog” provides a glimpse into the drink’s history. Eggnog itself is a drink of eggs, dairy, sugar, and alcohol. The first American drank this alcoholic drink and that wasn’t surprising at all. American farmers sell their fields of grain to turn them into whiskey, which is easier to transport. America is an agricultural country that contains lots of dairy animals and chickens, which produces milk and eggs, ingredients of eggnog.
It was revealed that eggnog was a Christmas tradition. The ingredients for eggnog are easily available in any season, but drinking a cream-based beverage with the viscous syrup and then cultivate a farm in summer, sounds weird. It makes much more sense that Americans would’ve waited until winter, for a Christmas occasion, a time when the harvest was done and only the thing was to do is celebrating this Eve.
Eggnog can hit at 20 percent+ ABV. The alcohol acts as a preservative. You can age eggnog for several months. I picture my friend and I at my kitchen counter, pie-spiced, jagged with the sharp bite of rum, and ready for slow drinking. It’s pretty good — more like a milkshake. It’s nice, sweet and thick, and enough to make me see a crack of the light.
Why do we drink egg nog? Maybe due to its history or maybe due to tradition. Maybe the month of December and Christmas, that brings good memories with every eggnog sip.