The rich and creamy eggnog encapsulates the spirit of Christmas, created with cold winter nights in mind; but how much do you know about its origins?
Whilst many believe that Eggnog was a tradition brought to America from Europe, this is only partially true. Eggnog may be related to various milk and wine punches concocted long ago in Europe, but it was in America that a new twist was added to the theme, creating the drink that we recognise today. Colonial Americans substituted wine for rum, and as rum was commonly known as ‘grog’, ‘egg-and -grog’ soon became shortened to ‘eggnog’.
Eggnog’s European roots and the availability of the ingredients made it a popular wintertime drink throughout colonial America, and by the 1800s, it was a drink nearly always made in large quantities to be served as a social drink.
In honour of the customs of young men in Baltimore, who toasted the New Year with a glass of eggnog, The Merchant Hotel’s experienced bartenders have perfected the ‘Baltimore Eggnog’, offering a slight twist on tradition. Recreate this seasonal delight at home, or visit our Cocktail Bar and soak up some seasonal spirit.
15ml Hennessy VS Cognac
20ml Rich Madeira wine
15ml Appleton VX Rum
20ml cane syrup
15ml full fat milk
1. Dry shake all of the ingredients, and then shake again over ice.
2. Strain neat into a large goblet
3. Garnish with freshly grated nutmeg and serve with a straw.