Eggnog is a North American Christmas tradition, but its origins are right here in the UK. The drink is modified from posset, a medieval brew of warm curdled milk mixed with ale or wine.
The drink made its way to the Americas in the 1700s. By this time, it had evolved to a recipe of milk and eggs with a choice of sherry, brandy, or Madeira wine.
A favourite of the British upper class, eggnog was served at social gatherings as a symbol of a host’s wealth and status. The drink was not perceived this way by Americans, who swapped expensive sherry for rum, rebranding it as a cocktail of the people.
Now a widely accepted festive drink, people either passionately love or despise its taste.
If you need me, I'll be in a cave surrounded by my Eggnog stash.
— BIGHEAD GANG (@LongLivLucio) December 2, 2019
if u drink eggnog don’t talk to me🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮
— kate (@krackheadkate) December 1, 2019
Eggnog is once again changing to meet the demand of the times. Veganism in the UK has increased 300% in the past five years and eggnog is rising to the challenge. That’s right, you can now make a cosy, cruelty-free version of this classic drink.
Check out the recipe below and learn to make your own cosy, delicious eggnog this festive season: