WRITTEN BY ERIN MEYERING
PHOTOS BY SHAUN HUNTER
What’s in a good holiday nog? Milk, eggs, vanilla, sugar, spice, everything nice … Oh, and lots of heavy cream.
Whether you’re drinking eggnog right out of the refrigerator, sipping a warm cup while snuggling by the fire, or using it as a milk substitute when baking, this is the season to indulge in its many pleasures.
In the late 17th century, the term nog referred to a style of strong beer brewed in East Anglia, and noggin was a small cup or mug for nog. Egg-based drinks such as eggnog gained popularity in American colonies because most families had access to cows for milk, chickens for eggs, and a healthy stash of rum.
These days, whether you’re getting your eggs from your backyard coop or the local co-op, crafting your perfect eggnog can be one of your holiday traditions.