eggnog

Eggnog is a sweet nutritious drink made from milk ( cream ) and raw chicken eggs. The birthplace of the cocktail is Scotland. Literally, the name of the drink is translated as "egg beer". The Scots call the cocktail "milk of the elderly", despite the widespread popularity of eggnog among young people. Essentially, it's a sweet egg-and-milk mixture thoroughly whipped into a fluffy froth and garnished with crushed cinnamon, coffee, powdered sugar, chocolate, or nutmeg.

Eggnog is most popular in Europe, Central and South America.

General

Interestingly, the first cocktail appeared in the XIV century and consisted of honey, herbs, ale and eggs. Christmas was traditionally celebrated with a mug of hot drink. However, its taste qualities could hardly be called harmonious. The eggnog received a second life after replacing dark ale with milk, cream or rum. At the same time, the drink was never included in the register of the international bartending association.

Currently, there are up to 200 ways to prepare an egg cocktail. Distinguish between hot and cold eggnog. Most often, the combination of spices and alcoholic beverages varies. To prepare a sweet cocktail, Italians use cherry syrup, Americans use rum, Germans use egg liqueur. In addition, the old Scottish drink can be modified by adding additional ingredients: brandy, whiskey, vodka, cognac for adults and nut or fruit syrup for children.

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Useful properties

In the classic version eggnog contains eggs and milk (cream), which are a source of amino acids, mineral compounds ( phosphorus, cobalt, iron, potassium, calcium, magnesium ), vitamins A, B, H, D, C, E, PP.

Due to its rich chemical composition, the drink has a beneficial effect on the human body:

  • relieves fatigue, gives energy;
  • improves brain function, speeds up the memorization of information;
  • strengthens bone tissue;
  • provides the body with easily digestible protein, promotes muscle building;
  • calms the nervous system, relieves depression, insomnia;
  • normalizes digestion.

A cocktail of milk and raw eggs is recommended for people suffering from underweight and colds, which are accompanied by damage to the respiratory tract (cough, sore throat, loss of voice). In addition, when using this dessert, the condition of nails, hair, and teeth improves.

Eggnog is energizing and therefore of particular value to people who perform heavy physical and mental workloads. In addition, it is prescribed to patients in the rehabilitation period who have undergone surgical interventions, in particular, operations on the abdominal cavity. Raw eggs are well absorbed by the human body, do not hold the stool together, and therefore do not put additional stress on the abdominal muscles, excluding the option of divergence of the external seams.

Infectious danger

Eggnog is prepared from raw chicken eggs, which, in addition to being a natural and nutritious product, can serve as a source of the salmonellosis pathogen. When pathogenic bacteria enter the body, a person experiences malaise, accompanied by headache, nausea, fever (up to 39 ° C), abdominal pain, vomiting, and diarrhea. The disease requires urgent hospitalization, as it can give a complication to any organ. Often salmonellosis contributes to the development of vascular collapse, abscess, peritonitis, diathesis, heart failure. After recovery, a person will experience symptoms of dysbacteriosis for a long time (at least 2 months).

Another hidden danger when drinking a cocktail based on raw eggs is the intake of harmful antibiotics that undermine the immune system and destroy healthy microflora.

The drink is contraindicated for people with individual intolerance to lactose, egg yolk. In addition, it is not recommended for diabetics to use it, since a sweet cocktail increases the risk of developing heart pathologies (heart attack, stroke), and contributes to a sharp increase in the level of glucose in the blood.

Milk and egg drink with added alcohol can harm the health of pregnant and lactating women, children and adolescents under 18 years of age, so it is excluded from the diet of people in this category. In addition, it should not be taken by people before operating technological equipment and vehicles.

Remember, the benefits and harms of eggnog depend on the quality of the ingredients (raw materials) used. They must be fresh, purchased from trusted suppliers.

What is the difference between flip and egg nog

These drinks are cousins. A distinctive feature of the flip from the eggnog is the absence of milk in the composition. This is an excellent cocktail of North American origin, widely used in Europe. In the original version (late 17th century), the flip included sweetened beer, spices, and a raw egg. The drink was served hot. By the 21st century, the recipe has changed. In the modern version of preparation, it is a cold drink consisting of the yolk of a raw chicken egg, milk or fruit syrup, wine. Thus, flip is a combination of physical and eggnog cocktails. For the preparation of the drink, sugar, ice chips, sweet or semi-sweet wine, yolk are used. The ingredients are shaken in a shaker, poured into a glass on a high stem, decorated with a pinch of nutmeg.

Variations of eggnog

Nutritious Scottish drink based on eggs and milk (cream) is prepared in cold and hot versions. 100 ml eggnog contains 27 kcal. The speed of preparing a cocktail is 5-10 minutes. Yield - 4 servings.

Hot Egg Nog (classic)

Ingredients:

  • dark rum - 100 ml;
  • cream 20% - 300 ml;
  • sugar syrup - 15 ml;
  • chicken eggs - 2 pcs;
  • cinnamon - 1 stick;
  • ground nutmeg, vanillin - a pinch.

Method of preparation:

  1. Vanillin, syrup, eggs beat in a blender until a homogeneous airy mass is obtained.
  2. Add pre-chilled milk, cinnamon, mix thoroughly.
  3. Heat the mixture in a ceramic saucepan for 10 minutes without boiling.
  4. Remove the drink from the fire, stirring constantly. Introduce rum in a thin stream.
  5. Pour into mugs, sprinkle with ground nutmeg.

To give the drink a coffee flavor and aroma, espresso (200 ml) is added to it, decorated with whipped cream. Despite the attractiveness of the hot version of the cocktail prepared according to the European recipe, the American version has become much more popular in the world. In this case, the drink is not subjected to heat treatment, it is prepared much faster.

Cold Egg Nog

Ingredients:

  • syrup - 15 ml;
  • cognac - 60 ml;
  • chicken egg - 1 pc;
  • milk - 80 ml;
  • dark rum - 30 ml;
  • cinnamon, nutmeg - to taste;
  • ice.

How to prepare:

  1. Fill the shaker with ice.
  2. Add syrup, egg, cognac, rum and milk.
  3. Shake the cocktail in a shaker for 2 minutes, pour into glasses through a sieve.
  4. Garnish with cinnamon and nutmeg.

Cold eggnog can be made non-alcoholic and given to children as a dessert. In this case, alcoholic drinks are replaced with soda or fruit syrup.

Vegetarian Tofu Egg Nog

This Scottish drink recipe is suitable for people who do not eat eggs, suffer from lactose intolerance and follow the principles of a healthy diet. They are replaced by tofu cheese and soy milk, which improve blood formation processes, perfectly satisfy hunger, supply the body with lecithin and choline, and restore kidney function.

Ingredients:

  • honey or cane sugar - 50 ml (75 g);
  • soy milk - 400 ml;
  • tofu cheese - 500 g;
  • water - 200 ml;
  • vanilla extract - 10 ml;
  • cognac or rum - 200 ml;
  • sea salt - a pinch;
  • ice - 10 cubes;
  • cinnamon - 2 g;
  • nutmeg - to taste.

Cooking sequence:

  1. Grind tofu cheese, add salt, sugar and soy milk, beat in a blender until smooth.
  2. Strain the base of the cocktail, pour into a punch bowl.
  3. Add rum, vanilla, water. Mix the eggnog cocktail and refrigerate.
  4. Crush ice cubes into snow, add to drink.

Vegetarian eggnog served in a highball. To give a more airy consistency to the drink, not sugar is introduced into its composition, but powdered sugar. And to enhance the flavor, ground spices (nutmeg and cinnamon) are ground just before preparing the dessert, otherwise they quickly lose their smell.

Conclusion

Eggnog is a thick creamy dessert based on eggs, sugar, milk, spices, and alcohol. The beneficial properties of the drink depend on the ingredient composition and the freshness of the products. Egg-milk shake gives energy, accelerates recovery after intense training, stimulates the pleasure center, improves mood, helps build muscle mass, strengthens bone tissue.

Depending on the method of preparation, hot and cold egg nog are distinguished. As a rule, a cocktail is served as a dessert to complete the meal in a Highball glass or a large pitcher.