Eggnog coffee is a classic beverage made with a flavoring that resembles the wonderful taste of eggnog which typically consists of milk, eggs and sugar mixed together and may be served with or without added spirits. Basically Eggnog is a sweetened dairy based beverage traditionally made with milk and/or cream, sugar, beaten eggs (which gives it a frothy texture), and liquor, brandy, rum, moonshine or whisky is sometimes added; and the finished serving is garnished with a sprinkling of ground cinnamon or nutmeg.
Other toppings that can be added are vanilla ice cream; eggnog flavored ice cream and whipped cream. Eggnog is a popular drink throughout the United States and Canada, and is generally prepared during the winter celebrations such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the New Year. Commercial non-alcoholic eggnog is typically available only in the winter season.
Eggnog may be added as a flavoring to food or drinks such as coffee and tea. Eggnog as a custard can also be used as an ice cream base. The origins, etymology, and the ingredients used to make the original eggnog drink are said to be debated but may have originated in East Anglia, England; or simply developed from posset, a medieval European beverage made with hot milk.
The "nog" part of its name may stem from the word "noggin", a Middle English term used to describe a small, carved wooden mug used to serve alcohol. However, the British drink was also called an Egg Flip (from the practice of "flipping" (rapidly pouring) the mixture between two pitchers to mix it). Another story is that the term derived from "egg and grog", a common Colonial term used for the drink made with rum.
Eventually that term was shortened to "egg'n'grog", then "eggnog". The drink crossed the Atlantic to 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.
When the supply of rum to the newly-founded United States was reduced as a consequence of the American Revolutionary War, Americans turned to domestic whiskey, and eventually bourbon in particular, as a substitute. Most of the flavored coffees are prepared using natural and artificial flavorings similar to the ones used for cooking.
Though eggnog is high in fat and cholesterol, low-fat and no-sugar formulations are available using skimmed or low-fat milk. There are a variety of flavored coffees that include the Coffee sabayon, Irish crème coffee (minty, creamy essence of this vibrant Irish liqueur flavor is showcased in this popular coffee), Masala coffee, English caramel coffee (creamy, buttery flavor of homemade caramel candy makes a tasteful, smooth coffee), Cold coffee and coffee jelly etc.
To prepare this luscious Eggnog coffee, brew your favorite ‘unflavored’ Lg. cup’a joe. Add as much Eggnog as you like instead of milk or cream. Add sugar if you choose and sprinkle some cinnamon to your liking. Sip and savor. This is truly refreshing and soothing drink.
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Some homemade recipes of eggnog call for egg yolks to be cooked with milk into custard to avoid potential hazards from raw eggs; eggnog has much in common with classic custard-pudding recipes that do not call for corn starch, and many types of eggnog can also be cooked into egg-custard puddings.
Ready-made eggnog versions are seasonally available and may contain whiskey, rum, brandy, bourbon, or cognac. Since the 1960s, eggnog has often been served cold and without spirits, both of which are significant departures from its historical origins.