🥛 It’s been around since medieval times.
- Most historians trace eggnog back to a warm milk-based drink from the 13th century called posset that consisted of eggs, spices, milk, figs, and wine.
🥛 It’s pretty high in calories and fat.
- One cup of nog with no alcohol yields 343 calories, 19g of fat, and 50% of your daily allotment of cholesterol, so enjoy it in moderation.
🥛 It was popular in early American colonies.
- It’s thought that early colonists brought the idea for eggnog over with them from Britain. They’d usually add rum to the warm milky mixture because alcohol such as whiskey and cognac had high taxes that made them too pricey.
🥛 George Washington was a fan of it.
- Our nation’s first president shared his own recipe of eggnog that included cream, milk, sugar, brandy, whiskey, rum, and sherry.
🥛 It may be named after a cup.
- Colonists referred to rum as “grog” and it was commonly served in little wooden mugs called “noggins”. The drink became known as “egg-n-grog” and eventually “eggnog”.
🥛 It has its own national day and month.
- Conveniently enough, December is National Eggnog Month and Christmas Eve is National Eggnog Day.
🥛 It caused a riot.
- On Christmas in 1826 at West Point Military Academy in New York, a riot broke out that became known as The Eggnog Riot. Alcohol had been snuck into the base to spike the Christmas party’s eggnog. As the party went on late into the night, nearly one-third of the academy’s cadets (around 260 men) imbibed and grew out of control. This led to broken windows, bayonets being charged, rifles being fired, broken furniture, and court-martial proceedings that lasted until March of the next year.