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1. Eggnog consists of milk or cream, beaten eggs and sugar. Most recipes call for the addition of alcohol, such as rum or whiskey.
2. Dec. 24 is National Eggnog Day, so make sure to sit back and enjoy a glass this Christmas Eve.
3. Eggnog is usually available in U.S. stores from mid-November to January only.
4. The Eggnog Riot took place Dec. 24-25, 1826 at the United States Military Academy in West Point, N.Y. Whiskey was smuggled into the academy two days before Christmas,and was used to make the eggnog that induced the out of control party that turned into a riot. The riot stopped Christmas morning, and many cadets received court-martials. One of the participants of the riot was future president of the Confederate States, Jefferson Davis.
5. American manufacturers offer a variety of eggnogs with substitutes for dairy milk that can be found in stores. Popular substitutes for dairy milk include soy, almond or rice milk.
6. According to Indiana University, over 135 million pounds of eggnog are consumed by Americans each year.
7. The origins of eggnog are a bit of a mystery. One theory goes that the holiday drink is a descendant of a medieval drink named posset, which was made of curdled milk and spiced rum. Another theory is that the drink was originally only consumed by English aristocracy, since the ingredients were so expensive, and the drink was exported to the American colonies and became popular with settlers.
8. Founding father George Washington was a fan of the holiday drink. Kitchen records at Mount Vernon reveal Washington served the drink frequently to guests and even had his own recipe for eggnog. Washington’s version of eggnog included rye whiskey, rum and sherry.
9. One cup of eggnog consists of over 210 calories, 11 grams of fat and 150mg of cholesterol. Drinking a few cups of eggnog will definitely lead to some belt unbuckling at the holiday dinner table.
10. The word eggnog is believed to be derived from the word “noggin,” a small wooden cup that the drink was served in.
11. People are so obsessed with the holiday classic that it has been turned into everything from lip balms to soap to lattes to taffy to gumballs to salt.
12. Rumor has it that the eggnog came from the medieval British ‘posset’ (milky drink). So by the time the 13th century arrived, most monks were used to combining eggs, posset and figs. They used this drink to toast for good health and prosperity.