What in Santa’s name is eggnog and where to get it in Singapore?

    by -

    A lot of the food eaten during Christmas are not new to us by now. There’s the ginormous turkey (good luck on finishing that), honey baked ham, chocolate log cake (sans the plastic pine tree décor please), to name a few. But every year, we are stumped by a particular drink that is supposed to ‘taste like Christmas’ called the eggnog. The name seems to suggest there are a whole of eggs going on but other than that, we have no idea what to expect. If you’re just as clueless, let’s find out once and for all why so many people around the world toast to this drink during the Yuletide season.

    What is eggnog?

    First up, eggnog is a drink. A standard eggnog is basically a blend of milk, cream, sugar, whipped eggs (yeah, we knew that already) with spices like vanilla, nutmeg or cinnamon sprinkled on top to give it that festive touch. If you’re wondering why you felt groggy after knocking back a few of this seemingly innocent drink, that’s because you’ve had one spiked with an alcohol like whiskey, brandy or rum — triple-laced in some instances. Traditionally, eggnog, which originated in the 17th century Europe, was a drink that the wealthy indulged in. After all, eggs and milk were considered to be expensive and rare ingredients back then. Raw eggs were used in traditional recipes but most store bought variety today use cooked eggs instead due to health reasons – we’re guessing some dude suffered a bad case of food poisoning from it.

    Places to enjoy

    Supermarkets like Cold Storage carry a rather extensive range of eggnog ranging from $8.95 for a 1L cartoon to $17.50 for the organic lo fat version of the same size. There is even a gluten-free version available there. NTUC Finest carries Paul’s brand for $9.90 for 1L. December is a good time to check them out.

    You can buy eggnog at Cold Storage
    Santa will be pleased

    Surprisingly, calls to popular coffee chains in Singapore such as Starbucks, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Olio Dome and TCC reveal that they do not serve eggnog. However, Coffee Bean said you can buy their eggnog coffee blend for $19.90 (8oz pack) to make at home. Celede Café’s response, on the other hand, was particularly interesting when we called them. It goes like this:

    GrateNews: “Do you serve eggnog for Christmas?”

    Cedele: “What?”

    GrateNews: “Egg-nog”

    Cedele: “Er…no. But we have turkey, ham, log cake all that…”

    GrateNews (thinking): Either she thinks eggnog is a dish (not drink) or she’s trying to upsell us.

    Recipes

    Where eggnog is concerned, we’ve been told that nothing beats the taste of a freshly brewed cuppa. Since the drink takes only around 15-30 minutes to make and is not too complicated, we say it’s worth giving it a shot (or how ever many shots you want to add). Check out these two recipes.

    1. Eggnog with brandy and rum

    eggnog-alc
    How about an extra shot while you are at it?

    2. Kids friendly (non-alcoholic version)

    EggnogRecipe_kids
    Kids-friendly version

    Or better still, make the drink your very own by infusing it with local flavours like pandan or horlick or substituting sugar with gula Melaka. Have fun, it’s the festive season after all.

    Comments

    comments

    Puffer fish
    Unlike its moniker, Puffer fish is actually quite friendly and approachable. Unless you’re out to eat her lunch – or dessert — to be precise – then be prepared that she might raise her spikes at you. Good food is just one of her many likes, Puffer Fish also loves visiting new and familiar places around the world because she believes there are always new discoveries and adventures to be had. She considers herself one lucky ass to be able to put her editorial background to good use by sharing her travel and gastronomical adventures online via Gratenews. She hopes readers get as much enjoyment and insights from her pieces as she has writing them.