National Egg Nog Day

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Welcome to National Egg Nog Day! Get ready to raise your glasses and indulge in this creamy holiday delight. Whether you prefer it spiked or without alcohol, this frothy beverage has become a beloved tradition for many. Prepare to learn about the origins of this day and some interesting facts that will make you want to clink glasses and join the festivities!

When is Egg Nog Day?

It's national egg nog day on the 24th December.

The History of National Egg Nog Day

While the exact origins of National Egg Nog Day remain shrouded in mystery, one thing is clear – egg nog has been a holiday favorite for centuries. The smooth and velvety drink can be traced back to medieval Europe, where it was consumed by the aristocracy during wintertime celebrations. In those days, the ingredients included eggs, milk, and spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. It was often enjoyed as a cold, frothy drink.

As time went on, egg nog gained popularity in the American colonies. The colonists put their own spin on the recipe, introducing rum and other spirits to the mix. It became a symbol of merriment during the holiday season and was often enjoyed during Christmas and New Year's Eve celebrations.

How to Celebrate National Egg Nog Day

Celebrating National Egg Nog Day is as simple as filling your cup with this creamy libation and savoring every sip. Here are a few ways to make the most of this festive day:

  • Try a traditional recipe: Channel your inner colonialist and whip up a homemade batch of egg nog using eggs, milk, sugar, and your choice of spirits.
  • Explore flavor variations: Experiment with different ingredients to create unique flavors like gingerbread, chocolate, or pumpkin spice egg nog.
  • Host an egg nog tasting party: Invite loved ones over to sample various types of egg nog and vote for their favorite concoction.
  • Share the joy: Make a batch of egg nog to give as gifts to friends, family, or co-workers. It's a surefire way to spread holiday cheer!

Did You Know?

Did you know that George Washington had his own egg nog recipe? The first president of the United States was a fan of this festive beverage and created a unique recipe that included rye whiskey, rum, and sherry. Talk about a presidential party drink!

History behind the term 'Egg Nog'


The Origins of Eggnog

Eggnog originated in Europe in the 1700s. It was a popular festive drink among the English aristocracy and was often consumed during Christmas and New Year celebrations. The word 'nog' is believed to be derived from the word 'noggin,' which was a small wooden mug traditionally used to serve the drink.


Posset Comes to America

In the late 1600s, British colonists brought a similar drink called posset to America. Posset was a hot, creamy beverage made with milk, spices, and sometimes fortified with alcohol like brandy or sherry. This beverage eventually evolved into the modern-day eggnog we know today.

Early 1800s

Rum Becomes a Key Ingredient

Rum became a popular addition to eggnog during the early 1800s. It was largely due to the availability of rum in colonial America, as the British Navy provided a daily rum ration to its sailors. Rum added a warm and slightly spicy flavor to the drink, enhancing its appeal during the holiday season.


Newspaper References

The term 'eggnog' appeared in print for the first time in 1826, in an American newspaper. The publication described eggnog as a favorite beverage consumed during holiday festivities, highlighting its popularity during that time.


Eggnog in the White House

Eggnog became a beloved beverage during the holiday season in the United States. It gained significant popularity when it was served at the White House during President Andrew Johnson's administration in the 1860s. Since then, eggnog has often been associated with presidential holiday celebrations.

20th Century

Industrialized Production

In the early 20th century, the production of eggnog shifted from homemade preparations to commercial production. Manufacturers began producing and selling cartons of eggnog, making it more convenient for people to enjoy the classic holiday drink without having to make it from scratch.

Did you know?

Did you know that George Washington had his own egg nog recipe? The first president of the United States was a fan of this festive beverage and created a unique recipe that included rye whiskey, rum, and sherry. Talk about a presidential party drink!


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First identified

23rd December 2015

Most mentioned on

24th December 2015

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