To Nog or Not to Nog
Christmas is such a dominant holiday that it has its own beverage: eggnog. Can that be said of any other major holiday? The only other drink that comes to mind is the pumpkin spice latte, and that’s a seasonal drink. Sure, you can argue that eggnog is also seasonal, but I believe if you were to ask the people you know, most would say that drinking eggnog puts them specifically in the Christmas spirit. I know it does for me—just like eating a candy cane does.
I have no memories of being first introduced to this strange eggy concoction, because it feels like eggnog has always been part of my Christmas celebrations. When I was introduced to it, I joined the camp of devotees to this controversial drink. Every year thereafter I looked forward to that day, sometime in late November, when I would open the fridge and find a carton of eggnog, procured from the store by my mother. This was one of many omens that whispered to me, “Christmas is on the way.” It was tradition.
The only issue I had was of health. How problematic was it that I would imbibe large quantities of a drink heavy on eggs, milk and sugar each holiday season? How much should I cut down on the ‘nog? Should I stop drinking it altogether? Little did I realize that stores carried vegan egg-free alternatives, such as silk nog, or holiday nog. When I did learn of the existence of these, I had discovered a remedy. And, to be honest, I thought holiday nog smelled better than eggnog too! How’s that for killing two turtle doves with one stone?
Last weekend, I had my first cup of the year. Now I feel one step closer to December 25.