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Thursday, 18 December 2014

Eggnog

Eggnog was developed from a 14th-century Engish drink called posset - a sweetened mixture of curdled hot milk mixed with a sherry-like wine. Eggs came later.

It was American colonists who added beaten eggs  in Jamestown, Virginia., as early as 1607.

The drink became popular in the English colonies during the 18th century. Since brandy and wine were heavily taxed, rum from the Triangular Trade with the Caribbean was a cost-effective substitute. The inexpensive liquor, coupled with plentiful farm and dairy products, helped the drink become very popular in America.

George Washington mixed rye, rum and sherry into his Mount Vernon recipe.

The Eggnog Riot occurred at the United States Military Academy between December 24-25 1826. It was caused by a drunken Christmas Day party after whiskey was smuggled into the barracks to make eggnog . The incident resulted in the court-martialing of twenty cadets and one enlisted soldier.



One of Dwight Eisenhower’s favorite ways to de-stress was to cook and by the time the 34th president had left office, he'd accumulated a good number of recipes including one for eggnog. According to National Journal, Ike’s recipe called for one dozen egg yolks, one pound of granulated sugar, one quart of bourbon, one quart of coffee cream (half & half), and one quart of whipping cream.

Modern FDA regulations require eggnog to contain at least 1% egg yolk solids and "milk or milk products.”


December 24th is National Eggnog Day

Sources Mercurynews.com, Wikipedia, Mentalfloss.com

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