8 Things You Didn’t Know About Eggnog

Eggnog is a classic holiday drink, but there are some things you might not know about it

Our nation’s first president made his own boozy recipe for a holiday drink very similar to eggnog.

There isn’t a boozy holiday drink more beloved in America than eggnog. You might cozy up with a warm cup by the fire or enjoy a round with close friends and family. In our opinion, no holiday celebration is complete without a bottle of eggnog. Whether you like it homemade or store-bought, it’s an iconic holiday tradition.

8 Things You Didn’t Know About Eggnog (Slideshow)

Traditional eggnog (made with milk, whipped eggs, sugar, a type of liquor such as rum or whiskey, and often seasonal spices like cinnamon and nutmeg) dates back to the fourteenth century and remains a delicious part of holiday traditions in America and Canada. Cultures around the world make their own versions of "eggnog," too.

Eggnog is a classic holiday drink, but there are some things you might not know about it, like how it got its name, where the drink came from, and which U.S. president had his own eggnog recipe.

Grab a cup and click through our slideshow to find out these and more things you didn’t know about eggnog.

Origin of the Name

The origin of the name eggnog is still somewhat of a mystery to etymologists. It’s thought that the word could be derived from noggin, the Old English word for strong beer. Others credit the name to Colonial America when colonists called thick drinks grog, and eggnog was called egg-and-grog.

Descendent of the Hot Cocktail “Posset”

Eggnog is believed to be a descendent of a hot cocktail from the fourteenth century known as posset. The drink didn’t contain eggs but was made with sweetened and spiced milk and ale or wine. We would guess that over the years, egg was added.


Haley Willard is The Daily Meal's assistant editor. Follow her on Twitter @haleywillrd.