COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – Christmas Eve is National Eggnog Day, a favored holiday drink for many people during the holidays.
Eggnog is different depending where you are: coconut milk is an ingredient in Puerto Rico, but the drink is 'on ice' in Venezuela.
The beverage originated as a wintertime drink for British aristocracy, Frederick Douglass Opie, a food history professor at Babson College, wrote in his blog "Food as a Lens."
On National Eggnog Day, you should celebrate by going out and buying the holiday drink or try making you own to celebrate Christmas.
Here is a recipe for you to try out from Food.com:
3 1/2 cups milk
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cinnamon stick
generous pinch of ground clove
6 egg yolks
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 cup rum (optional)
1 cup heavy cream
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
Over low heat combine milk, vanilla extract, cinnamon, cinnamon stick and clove in a medium saucepan. Rise the heat slowly and bring to a slow boil (it takes about 7 minutes to bring to a boil.) Once the milk mixture starts to boil take off heat and let the cinnamon stick seep for 2 minutes, remove cinnamon stick.
In the bowl of a standing mixer combine egg yolks and sugar. Whisk together until pale and fluffy. With the mixer on low, pour the hot milk mixture into the egg yolks (tempering the yolks) whisk until well incorporated. Pour the mixture back into the saucepan and heat on med/med-low for about 5 minutes, continually stirring, until thickened and creamy. Do not let it boil, or the nog will curdle.
Stir in the rum, heavy cream and nutmeg and refrigerate overnight. When ready to serve garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon.