Eggnog is believed to date back to approximately 1300 AD as a drink for the English aristocracy according to Wikipedia and Time Magazine. At the time, milk and eggs were only available to the wealthiest of people. These were the days before refrigeration, so the recipe for eggnog was quite different and had to be served warm. Alcohol was eventually added to the mixture of milk and eggs and the name we use today is a combination of grog, as rum was referred, and noggins which were a wooden cup used to serve eggnog.
Sometime around the 1700s the drink became popular in America as many people had their own cows and chickens to provide the main ingredients. Even people who did not have their own farms could purchase milk and eggs at a reasonable price to make the creamy beverage. Various US presidents such as George Washington and Dwight Eisenhower are noted in historical newspapers to have had their own eggnog recipes. In these days, rum was added frequently as it was not taxed as heavily as other spirits.
Alcoholic eggnog is considered to have contributed to a riot in 1826 at the US Military Academy in West Point, New York that to this day is known at the Eggnog Riot. Essentially a group of cadets made a large batch of eggnog with perhaps too much alcohol, and various fights broke out resulting court marshals and expulsions. We don’t recommend putting quite that much booze in your eggnog!
Eggnog became associated with the Christmas holiday season and today is widely available to purchase in pre-packaged containers and a variety of flavors. However nothing tastes as good as these home-made eggnog recipes that we present here.
Eggnog made fresh yourself tastes so much better than anything you can purchase from a store.