'Nog to the World: 8 'Eggnogs' to Try Around the World

A global guide to the iconic mugs of holiday cheer

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While traditional eggnog can be found abroad, nations around the world have their own version of the sweet creamy concoction.

America’s devotion to eggnog — the frothy festive beverage of milk, sugar, and eggs, served hot or cold and oftentimes spiked with rum, brandy, or other liquors — is strong, Army strong. Some have even "rioted" for their right to indulge in the holiday treat.

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In what has been dubbed the Eggnog Riot of 1826, 70 cadets at West Point were involved in a seasonal skirmish after drinking vats of homemade eggnog at a Christmas celebration on campus in defiance of the superintendent of West Point’s strict rules about alcohol consumption. The students carried on the eggnog excess of years prior, which led to the court-martial of several participants.

Nowadays, eggnog, customized, entirely legal, and less scandalous, abounds from sea to shining sea at office parties, bars, and homes. While traditional eggnog can be found abroad, nations around the world have their own version of the sweet creamy concoction. But does a "nog" by any other name taste as sweet?

Chilean cola de mono (literally "monkey’s tail"), Abu Dhabi’s silky date milk, and the potent bombardino swilled in the Italian Alps present a strong argument for the affirmative. Whether your holiday travels take you down the street or around the globe, toast the season with the world’s top destinations for eggnog. Cheers!

Emily Saladino has covered food, wine, spirits, and travel for BBC, Food Republic, and About.com. She loves rum, but prefers her eggnog spiked with whiskey. Follow her on Twitter at @emilysaladino.


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