The Tradition Of Eggnog
You know its Christmas time when you start thinking of that sensational feeling of comfort that sipping on a glass of warm eggnog by the fiery chimney brings. However, have you ever stopped to think about the origins of this Christmas drink? It’s pretty interesting, really. Let’s go ahead and take a look.
How It All Started
Now, the history and origins of this famous holiday drink are rather debated. As far as the Oxford English Dictionary and the definitions set forth in it go, the nog used to be a strong beer which was brewed in the eastern parts of Anglia. However, the nog might also stem from the term noggin, which is a Middle English term for a small mug carved out of wood which is used to serve alcoholic beverage. Furthermore, the British drink also had the name Egg Flip which referred to the rapid flipping of the drink from one pitcher to another in order to get them mixed perfectly.
The first example of the term as we refer to it today was back in 1775. Jonathan Boucher, a Maryland philologist, wrote a poem about this particularly traditional Christmas drink. The poem got published, however, about 30 years after his death. Also, the first printed appearance of the current term “eggnog” appeared in the New-Jersey Journal issued on the 26th of March in 1788.