Eggnog is generally a concoction of eggs, sugar, milk, heavy cream, and some sort of liquor. Since I never liked eggs at all, it might not be so strange that I don’t understand it. Perhaps because it is somewhat of an anomaly it’s best that its consumption be limited to the holiday season.
Maybe it’s something you really enjoy, though. I’d love to know. Feel free to comment and share your thoughts about it.
I always was a little budding chef at heart and I remember whipping up a batch when I was a kid from a recipe in an old Betty Crocker cookbook. The liquor, of course, was optional and mine was certainly designated driver safe. However, at that young age I was still intrigued about what element that forbidden ingredient might bring to the final potion. I believe that recipe called for brandy and I might have even tried a splash of brandy extract in the moment to find out.
I wasn’t impressed and I don’t think I’ve ever tried to make it since. I’m sure I had it once or twice at holiday parties and it almost certainly had some type of warming spirit in it. Maybe that’s what eggnog is really about: helping with holiday cheer.
After going vegetarian, I began noticing vegan eggnog available during the season. Silk was probably the first one I tried. I think it was just okay in my opinion. Again, I wasn’t terribly impressed and I don’t think I’ve tried it since.
Recently, I saw So Delicious Dairy Free Nog Coconut Milk Beverage at the local Whole Foods. Now, coconut, I thought, that may be what this has needed all along. I bought some and jumped right back on the eggnog train.
It’s thick and not as rich as I’d expect. There’s a strong hit of nutmeg, but it works well here. It’s smooth and quite drinkable on its own—or with whatever additions you’d like to stir in. It isn’t something I’m likely to have more than a cup or two of at the most, but it’s fun and cheerful and delightfully free of eggs.
And in a season of excess, it’s nice to know that an 8 oz. serving of this coconut nog is not as indulgent as you might think. You’ll get 90 calories, 3g fat, 0mg cholesterol, and 115mg sodium. Sugars come in at 14g, but for a sweet holiday treat I don’t think that’s so bad.
By the way, my carton has a recipe for vegan Nog French Toast on the side, which I bet would be really delicious, perhaps for Christmas brunch.
Ho ho ho. There, I’m feeling better and more Christmasy every minute.