It’s that time of year again, time to bring out the creamy frothy drink we all know and well some of us love–Eggnog. Nothing says holidays like adding a little bourbon to our cream am I right? Like other Thirsty Thursdays we are going to dive into how Eggnog came to be, learn a little bit about the history and what it takes to make this festive beverage. Let’s jump right in shall we?
Eggnog is typically associated with the United States and Canada and it is drank from around the American Thanksgiving to Christmas. It is also know as milk punch or egg milk punch. The nog typically symbolizes that there is alcohol in the drink, although it can be served non-alcoholic as well. Eggnog consists of milk or cream, sugar, whipped eggs and brandy, rum or bourbon. You can buy eggnog pre-made in both the alcoholic and non-alcoholic versions and many people make their eggnog from scratch. I will be attempting to do so this weekend at my holiday party, stay tuned as I have never sampled it before and will know one way or another if I am full of Christmas cheer or scrooging it up.
Moving on, let’s talk about the history of the beverage. Like many cases there is no real definite place in history where we can pinpoint eggnog surfacing in the U.S. or Canada. It has been found in writing in 1775 in Maryland by a Jonathan Boucher poem about the drink itself. He mentions the term eggnog and this is one of the earliest accounts of the drink in written history. The term “nog” itself is debated as either a strong beer from East Anglia or a Middle English term for a small wooden carved mug. The drink itself could have come from a beverage known as posset, which was a medieval European beverage that monks drank with hot milk. It was used as a cold and flu remedy and in the 13th century eggs were added to the drink making it strongly resemble today’s egg nog.
Although eggnog is associated most with North America other countries around the world drink versions of it as well. In Venezuela and Trinidad there is a drink known as Ponche Crema that is also drank around the Christmas season. In Germany they drink something known as biersuppe which is an eggnog made with beer. And in Britain there is a similar beverage that is made with milk, eggs and sherry. So although we enjoy this festive spirit this time of year we share it with much of the world in different variations.
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Sometimes going into Thirsty Thursday I am here to debunk what are thought be cultural drinks, and are simply American made with fancy names. Today is just that day. On a regular (daily) basis I learn so much about what I am writing about. Today again is one of those days. I thought I would continue our Russian theme this week by featuring a White Russian. I was hoping to find out that this popular creamy beverage had a rich culture in the Motherland, but I was sadly mistaken.
White Russians consist of vodka, coffee liqueur (most popularly Kahlua), and cream or milk. This came out of the popular drink the Black Russian in 1949 in the United States. A White Russian is a Black Russian with creme. Neither have anything to do with the former soviet state, they are just named Russians because their primary ingredient is vodka.
Even though you won’t be pairing this drink with pickled herring it doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in its creamy deliciousness. Follow the recipe below:
1 ½ Ounces Vodka
¾ Ounces Kahlua
¾ Ounces Heavy Cream
Old Fashion Glass
Shake well with ice, strain into chilled Old Fashion glass, sip and enjoy.
Happy thirsty Thursday everyone. After a long year I am marrying the man of my dreams this weekend, so I thought it would only be appropriate to feature a post about wedding cocktails. One of the hottest trends right now is designing a signature couple cocktail for your wedding reception. For those wanting a destination wedding, places like Sandals offers a signature cocktail maker through their prized WeddingMoon program. For everyone else I have found a solution to figuring out what wedding cocktail you are meant to serve on your big day. Follow this link: http://www.playbuzz.com/weddingwire10/what-wedding-cocktail-are-you
And take the quiz to find out just what type of wedding drink would best suit your big day.
Although I do not have a signature cocktail for my wedding I did take this quiz and it suggested my signature cocktail be champagne. For any of you who know me this is incredibly accurate so I assume all of you will take this quiz and know it is spot on.
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Now that Americans are officially allowed to travel to Cuba, the door to the mysterious world loved by so many including famed writer and drinker Ernest Hemingway, are now being opened. With this new world of opportunity brings out so much culture that generations of Americans have never had the opportunity of experiencing. Like I have said in many many posts before, culture often relies heavily on food and drink. Cuba is by no means any exception to that rule.
As I was scanning the internet for something to write about for our wonderful Thirsty Thursday post I came across an article about a man named Philip Greene who not only loved Hemingway, but wanted to scour his work in able to recreate all of his favorite drinks. One drink in particular was is his go-to while in his beloved Cuba. Now I wanted to go a step further and find out why Hemingway drank Daiquiris while in Cuba, so I did a little research. Apparently Daiquiri is the name of a beach and iron mine in Santiago, Cuba. It was invented during the Spanish-American war and centers around rum, citrus and sugar as well as other sweeteners.
Now for any of you that know anything about Ernest Hemingway, then you won’t be surprised that his Daiquiri is actually a double. Because if Hemingway was famous for his writing, then he was infamous for his drinking.
PAPA DOBLE DAIQUIRI
MAKES 1 DRINK
3 ¾ ounces white rum
2 ounces fresh lime juice
2 ounces fresh grapefruit juice
6 drops maraschino liqueur
Blend all ingredients well with ice, and serve in a large chilled goblet.
Now you know the drink to drink while in the newly opened land of beautiful beaches and drinks reminiscent of days past. If you are interested in learning more about Cuba please give us a call 920.236.7777 or visit our website ambassadortravelltd.com to request an appointment with one of our excellent travel consultants.