For some, eggnog is an unappealing and unnecessary accessory to a holiday festivity while for some of us, eggnog is the celebratory culmination of the holidays that we joyously indulge in throughout the winter season. Whatever your stance, where did this egg and milk concoction come from? It seems it originated from a medieval English drink but has been a holiday staple in America since the 18th century and is similar to Mexican rompope and Puerto Rican coquito.
While in Britain eggnog evolved into a sherry-forward drink, in the States Caribbean rum was more readily available. Bourbon is also a popular alternative. While supermarket shelves are bursting with it around the holidays, the recipe’s short list of ingredients (eggs, sugar, vanilla, nutmeg, milk, cream and choice of spirit) makes it easy to mix up at home.