Hot Chocolate and eggnog are signature drinks of many holiday celebrations. Making your own and keeping it local is as easy buying local eggs, cream and milk and mixing them with a little Canadian spirit.

A Brief History of Eggnog

The etymology of the word eggnog is as clear as the drink itself. Some argue the ‘nog’ is in reference to the English word ‘noggin’ meaning small wooden mug while others on this side of the Atlantic argue the nog is derived from grog, a slang term for watered-down rum, or nog meaning strong ale. While others suggest it was a shortened version of “egg and grog in a noggin.” Regardless of the origins of the name, few would argue the drink originated in medieval England and no one can deny its continuing popularity as a holiday treat.

13th century -  English monks drink a concoction of milk curdled with ale and spiced known as posset. Posset was drunk to fend off the flu or a cold.

17th century – a version of posset, known as Sack-Posset, made with cream, whole spices and Sack (Sherry) emerges. 

17th century – versions of eggnog would often be used for toasts at celebratory occasions as the drink’s ingredients such as egg, milk, brandy and spices were luxuries enjoyed mostly be the wealthy.

Early 18th century – American colonists drink a mixture of milk and Caribbean rum, as rum was less taxed and consequently cheaper than brandy or Sherry

18th century – George Washington is known for serving an eggnog-like drink to visitors.

19th century – south of the border whisky begins to overtake rum as the preferred spirit in eggnog

19th century – whisky starts to replace rum as the spirit of choice in eggnog