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Put a Spin on the Traditional Eggnog

Put a Spin on the Traditional Eggnog

Although eggnog is typically seen as an American holiday tradition, countries around the world have their own spin on the popular drink. We go through some of the best ways to change-up a CNY holiday staple.

If you haven’t noticed by the bright lights all around or the big Christmas tree sitting in Clinton Square, the holidays are upon us. But with the Christmas cheer, also comes those near-frigid temperatures and the need for a pick-me-up. Most people tend to opt for traditional eggnog.

While eggnog is nothing new to some here in the United States or Canada, other countries have their own delicious spins on the typical holiday drink. Make a batch of these and store them in the fridge or serve them at that holiday party when you have no idea what to bring.

Let’s start with traditional eggnog. If you don’t want the store-bought kind*, you can make some yourself at home. Eggnog is a milk-based, sweetened drink, and most of its ingredients–like egg yolks, sugar, and whole milk and cream– can be found at the supermarket. Bourbon, rum, or your liquor of choice can be added to give it that extra kick. Take a look at this classic eggnog recipe from Chowhound.

If you want to take it up a notch, you can add a “Tom and Jerry” batter to your eggnog. A “Tom and Jerry” was invented by a British journalist and is now traditionally consumed during the holidays. Here’s the recipe for how to make it.

Puerto Rico’s equivalent of eggnog, known as coquito is more coconut based, but equally as boozy. Coquito is usually spiked with Bacardi, a Puerto-Rican rum. Typical ingredients for coquito like coconut cream and milk, evaporated milk, and condensed milk can easily be found at your local grocery store, but if you’re really lost check out the coconut products in the “Spanish” aisle at Wegman’s. A complete recipe for coquito can be found here.

Germans have their own version of eggnog called eierpunsch, or simply “egg punch.” You might have to search a little harder for the ingredients in this one. Eierpunsch is usually spiked with an egg liqueur, known in German as Eierlikör, which can only be found in specialty liquor stores. The other ingredients such as white wine, orange juice, or whipped cream are more easily found. If you’re feeling ambitious, here are some recipes for the German holiday drink.

In Mexico and other countries like Nicaragua and Belize, the traditional eggnog drink is known as rompope. Though the drink is a staple of the holidays, bottles of rompope are made in Mexico year-round. Rompope can be served chilled or warm, though warm might be the fitting option for dealing with CNY weather. Mexican rompope is made with ingredients similar to American eggnog, such as sugar, egg yolks, and milk. Here’s the recipe in case you’re craving Mexican tonight.

Then, there’s your local supermarket or liquor store variation. If you want to skip out on buying the ingredients and the preparation time, you can buy a commercially produced version of eggnog. Bottles of cultural variations like rompope and coquito are also sometimes available if you’re enough to find the right place. We can’t promise they’ll be as good as the homemade kind, though. You can also find other holiday drinks that have nothing to do with eggnog (if that’s not your thing) with a quick Google search. For example, in Jamaica, the typical holiday drink is known as Sorrel.

And then there’s always wine. You can never go wrong with wine.

Happy Holidays and cheers to making or finding that perfect batch of holiday drink!

*If you’d prefer someone else to make your basic ‘nog, we highly recommend Ithaca’s Purity Ice Cream Co.’s eggnog. You’re welcome.

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