Is eggnog the best part of the holidays or the worst? | The Tylt
Is eggnog the best part of the holidays or the worst?
Traditional eggnog is composed of eggs, milk, heavy cream, sugar, rum, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg. The result is a thick, holiday-spiced beverage with a boozy twist.
There are recipes with and without alcohol, recipes that require cooking the eggs and recipes that don't, and there are even recipes for healthy eggnog with alternative ingredients. Whether you make it yourself or buy it from the store, this drink is sure to start an argument in any household.
Check out this video with Martha Stewart's very traditional recipe. Don't forget to heed her warning at the end, "Remember, one per person!"
It's the eggs that get most people. Something about chugging a glass full of what could have been your breakfast is quite unsettling. It's goopy, smelly and disgusting on a conceptual level. Best Life's Bob Larkin lays out the truth behind eggnog:
There’s no other time of year when it would be even remotely acceptable to drink what amounts to a sugar-filled, brandy-soaked mug of omelet ingredients. And while getting this heavy-cream-laden holiday drink from your local store is icky enough as it is, at least most store-bought varieties are pasteurized. Your aunt Linda’s homemade batch? Probably not as safe as you think—and potentially a good way to spend the rest of the holiday season recovering from salmonella poisoning.
Why would anyone choose a gross, potentially poisonous beverage over a steaming cup of hot cocoa?
For some, eggnog is the best drink of the season. Starbuck's first-ever holiday drink was even an eggnog latte, and people love it. Eggnog is creamy, rich and sweet. There's nothing better than sitting down by the fire and pouring yourself a generous glass of this vanilla-cinnamon goodness.
For many, eggnog is part of the holiday magic. It's fine if people want to hate, it just means this group has more to go around!
Raw eggs. In a glass. Mixed with sugar. That's all you're drinking! Why poison your holiday season with this worthless slop?
Even George Washington was a huge fan of eggnog. According to Mental Floss's Ethan Trex:
Kitchen records from Mount Vernon indicate that Washington served an eggnog-like drink to visitors, and since the general wasn’t strapped for cash, he didn’t skimp on the sauce. Washington’s potent recipe included three different types of booze: rye whiskey, rum, and sherry.
If it's good enough for the country's first president, it's good enough for everyone.