Eggnog is one of the traditional beverages that quickly became popular all across America. But, is it a good idea to enjoy your favorite seasonal flavor in a non-traditional way? Can you use eggnog as a coffee creamer?
You can put eggnog in your cup of coffee or mix coffee creamer with eggnog flavoring. Alternatively, you can add coffee flavoring to eggnog and get a similar taste. Although eggnog and coffee may not seem like an obvious pairing, they work beautifully together.
Continue reading this article if you want to know more about eggnog and its origins, serving styles and drinking preferences, as well as coffee creamer recipes with eggnog flavor.
Are Eggnog and Coffee a Good Mix?
Eggnog is a versatile drink that can be consumed on its own or added to tea, and desserts like egg-custard puddings. Another great use for leftover eggnog is to make eggnog coffee or use it as a coffee creamer.
Eggnog coffee is a delightful hot beverage that is best served at Christmas, Thanksgiving, or during the holiday season. It can also be served with any other meal or as a soothing morning or noon drink.
Coffee with eggnog will taste really rich and sweet, even more so than coffee with milk and sugar. Eggnog will definitely add a little magic to your morning cup of caffeine and give you the kind of energy you can only get during the holidays.
It does, however, have certain negative consequences. Since it contains a lot of calories and sugar, if you drink too much eggnog, the most prevalent negative effect is weight gain. Also, people who are allergic to milk or eggs should avoid the drink altogether.
What Is In Eggnog?
Eggnog is a traditional holiday drink that has a sweet and creamy custard-like flavor, cut by the honeyed-sharp flavor of distilled spirit. Although eggnog is commonly made of eggs beaten with sugar, milk, and liquor, eggnog recipes are rarely so straightforward, with ingredients varying depending on the cook’s and drinker’s preferences.
While some recipes call for bourbon, others use rum, whisky, or brandy to achieve a boozy taste. You can even make a non-alcoholic version of eggnog so kids can enjoy it too. Warm spices, like nutmeg, cinnamon, and sometimes even cloves or star anise, are traditionally served on top of eggnog. However, while most recipes call for nutmeg, some incorporate it into the recipe while others merely use it as a garnish. As you can see, there is no ingredient that wouldn’t go well with coffee.
The recipe for hot eggnog is remarkably similar to medieval recipes for posset, a warm milk punch that became popular in the early Middle Ages in Britain. Because average people at the time couldn’t afford commodities like milk or eggs, this drink swiftly became a luxury enjoyed by nobles. The drink was also supposed to aid in the treatment of ailments ranging from sleeplessness to the common cold.
How to Make Eggnog For Your Coffee?
You can, of course, use ordinary eggnog in your coffee. On the other hand, after spending the time and effort creating homemade eggnog, it may be better to sip it on its own or drink it with a touch of bourbon. However, you can make this simple eggnog coffee creamer, which will add delightful eggnog flavors to your cup of coffee without using up your treasured eggnog reserves.
For this purpose, you’ll need the following ingredients:
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup milk
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Bring sugar, milk, cream, and spices to a boil in a pan over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally until sugar is dissolved and the mixture is syrupy. Reduce the heat to low and whisk in vanilla extract.
Take the pan off the heat. Coffee creamer made like this can be served right away, or allowed to cool completely before being stored in jars in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Do You Drink Eggnog Hot or Cold?
When deciding which eggnog temperature is best, there are some essential aspects to consider. It appears that people’s preferences have a lot to do with what the temperature is outside while they are drinking eggnog. Those who live in warmer climates appear to favor recipes that are intended to be served cold. Others in colder climates are more likely to prepare hot eggnog that warms them from within.
While there is no right or wrong answer here, keep in mind that hot eggnog may have the same warming, comforting effect as hot chocolate, and cold eggnog may help you calm down next to a blazing fire. So go ahead and taste the drink both ways and see what you think.
How to Serve Eggnog With Coffee?
The most traditional way to serve eggnog requires little preparation and is ideal as an after-dinner treat during the holidays.
To serve the drink, simply pour chilled eggnog with coffee into a glass. If you prefer your eggnog hot, place it in a microwave-safe mug and microwave for 30 seconds at a time to heat it up, then pour it into the mug.
Serving style is an important aspect in serving this delicious drink. Anything different or elegant will do – small punch glasses, tall champaign glasses, or wine glasses – everything will be great for this purpose. Depending on the number of guests, eggnog can be served in a huge bowls or in individual glasses.
Eggnog goes well with desserts, especially those made with milk or cream. Its thick, creamy base notably complements sweet pastries and desserts like gingerbread cookies and plain spice cake. Talking about cake, warm eggnog goes great with a slice of chocolate pastry.
A popular way of decorating eggnog is by putting whipped cream on the top and sprinkling it with cocoa powder. If you have coffee bean-shaped chocolates, you can put them on the top.
And, there you go. Your favorite holiday drink with coffee is ready.