Eggnog is more than just a frothy mix of eggs, cream, sugar, nutmeg and booze. It’s a holiday cocktail with staying power and history. Here, seven facts you probably never knew about eggnog:
1. It’s been around since the 16th century.
Eggnog’s origins can be traced back to sack posset, an Elizabethan-era drink made with spices, milk, eggs and fortified wine like Madeira. It was served thick, hot and somewhat chunky (the milk was curdled by the hot spiced wine).
2. It’s named after a mug.
The word nog comes from noggin, which is a small wooden mug typically used to drink ale.