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Eggnog is a sweetened dairy-based beverage traditionally made with milk or cream, sugar, beaten eggs (which gives it a frothy texture), and liquor; and the finished serving would be garnished with a sprinkling of ground cinnamon or nutmeg. In Denmark they add rum, cinnamon and vanilla to the drink.

Eggnog is a popular drink throughout the United States and Canada, and is usually associated with 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 flavouring 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 debated. Eggnog may have originated in East Anglia, England; or it may have simply developed from posset, a medieval European beverage made with hot milk. Traditional eggnog typically consists of milk, sugar, raw eggs, and spices, usually nutmeg. Cream may be included to make a richer and thicker drink, though some modern eggnogs add gelatin. Vanilla is a common flavoring, with grated nutmeg sprinkled on top. Other toppings may be whipped cream, meringue, cinnamon, ice cream, and chocolate curls.

Eggnog can be homemade from recipes. 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.

Though eggnog is high in fat and cholesterol, low-fat and no-sugar formulations are available using skimmed or lowfat milk. Some North American manufacturers offer soy- or rice-based alternatives for vegans and those with dairy allergies.



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Eggnog , en.wikipedia.org

Eggnog , www.foodnetwork.com

Eggnog Recipe Collection , www.eggnogrecipe.net