Eggnog is one of the most popular drinks during the holidays, but why is it considered a Christmas drink? It actually originated in medieval Britain and was an evolution of a drink made with ale and milk called a posset. The original was served hot and evolved into adding figs and egg.
You see, milk and eggs were only available to the well-heeled and in the 1700s alcohol such as brandy was added to keep the eggs and milk from going bad. When it got to America, brandy was expensive, and rum became the alcohol of choice. So with all of that, how did it become a Christmas drink?
First of all, it’s often served hot and the best time to drink hot beverages is in the winter. Secondly, rum was much scarcer during the Revolutionary War days, so the spiked rum version was saved for special occasions—that means Christmas and the holidays. Now you know!