Served cold or with hot water added
Today, we all know the egg nog as a traditional drink of Christmastime. Unfortunately, our memories of it are mostly colored by the horrid mixture that comes out of a cardboard carton. Traditionally it would be made with some type of spirit (Rum and Brandy most preferred), eggs, milk, and sugar. If served cold it would be mixed with ice, if served hot it would instead have hot water added to it and served in a mug.
Eggnog has its origins in medieval England. The name "eggnog" is believed to be a combination of "egg" and "nog," a type of strong beer that was often consumed during the winter. The original version of the drink was a mixture of milk or cream, eggs, sugar, and alcohol, typically brandy, rum or sherry. The eggnog was then typically served cold and often topped with nutmeg.
The drink was brought to America by early British settlers and quickly became a popular holiday beverage. It was originally consumed primarily by the wealthy, as the ingredients were relatively expensive. However, as the country grew and became more prosperous, eggnog became more widely available and eventually became a staple of holiday celebrations for many families.
Eggnog today is typically made with milk or cream, sugar, eggs, and a spirit such as rum, brandy, or bourbon. Some modern variations also include flavors such as vanilla, chocolate, and coffee. It is usually served cold and topped with a sprinkle of nutmeg or cinnamon.