What Is Eggnog?
Some people really love eggnog. I’m married to one. Which made me curious. What is eggnog? Why do people love it so? In my opinion, neither eggs nor nog (an archaic term for a small block or peg of wood) sound like good things to drink. So after a little research I discovered that the term “eggnog” more likely comes from an abbreviation of the combination of “eggs-n-grog”, with grog being a beverage consisting of rum mixed with water - a favorite of sailors and pirates in the 17th and 18th century. In my estimation, after drinking heartily from a barrel of rum (and singing “Yo Ho Ho”), the term “eggs and grog” would have been far too difficult to pronounce, so “eggnog” was a more slurred-speech friendly term for the stereotypical drunken sailor to pronounce.
Although it seems unlikely that pirates would have eggs available onboard to make eggnog. Unless they took chickens with them to sea and were able to resist the temptation to have fried chicken dinners. And even then, who would have thought “Hey, let’s be putting some eggs in our grog, mates!”
Of course the non-alcoholic version sold in grocery stores is simply liquid custard (cream, sugar, and eggs) which I personally prefer frozen and served on an ice cream cone - which itself is an ingenious invention and example of perfect timing and thinking outside the box (or dish) by Ernest Hamwi in 1904 at the St. Louis World’s Fair, when an ice cream vendor next to his waffle cart ran out of dishes for his ice cream, so Ernest rolled up some of his waffles to hold the ice cream and an industry was born.
Anyway, some people really love eggnog. I’m still not really sure why. Maybe they like the way it tastes? What a wonderful world.