MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Where did “eggnog” get its name?

Traditional christmas drink eggnog in glass with spices and christmas lights on wooden background

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Where did “eggnog” get its name?

One of the most festive drinks this time of year… delicious eggnog. But where did that silly name come from?

Eggnog is a beverage that originated back in medieval Britain times. They would make it as a hot, milky, ale-like drink made with egg and figs. Legend has it that the “nog” comes from “noggin,” meaning a wooden cup they would serve it in, or “grog,” which was the name for a strong beer or rum which they would add to the drink.

By the late 18th century, the combined term “eggnog” stuck and spread around the world as the go-to name.

I may have to pour an eggnog this weekend in a wooden noggin’!

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