Photo by Kristin Caringer, text by Naomi Scher.
Even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, you probably have been called upon to partake in some yuletide festivities over the past month. You may have felt you were expected to bring a gift or a holiday-themed comestible. But what if you can’t (or simply don’t want too) bake gingerbread cookies or honeyed ham? Don’t worry, the co-op’s got you covered. We’re carrying Pittsford Farms Dairy Eggnog by the quart this season for all of those who can’t make their own.
What, some of you may be wondering, is eggnog? For the uninitiated (and for those who’ve drank it, and are still confused) is a concoction of cream, milk, eggs, sugar and spices. It’s typically spiked with rum, although some eggnog enthusiasts will add other kinds of booze, or none at all.
According to Tori Avey, who researched a history of eggnog for PBS (she credits her sources at the end of the piece), the OG eggnog can be traced back to early medieval British monks, who were fans of a nog-like concoction called ‘posset.’ Posset was served hot, boozy, and sweetened with figs. Figs, milk, and eggs were ingredients that only the wealthy could afford, so bougie medieval folks would toast to their continued prosperity with posset.
While it’s unclear exactly when eggnog got its name, we can be fairly certain that it happened sometime before the late 18th century. George Washington allegedly wrote his own recipe for the stuff. With typical recipes carrying between 200 and 400 calories per glass, and its ability to mask the flavor of a whole bunch of hard liquor, it’s not hard to see why eggnog is so particularly popular among North Americans (although our neighbors to the south drink very similar holiday beverages of different names and slightly different ingredient profiles).
So whether or not you plan to drink the stuff yourself, pick up a quart of Pittsford Dairy Farms Eggnog before your next holiday potluck. Surely someone at the party will be very grateful! ($6.20 mem./$8.75 non-mem.)
A fancy vegan eggnog recipe that can be be made entirely with ingredients we carry at the BFC can be found here 🙂