Eggnog has a short season, usually only available November and December, however making your own means you can have it anytime throughout the year. Another option for store-bought eggnog is to freeze it and you may be interested to know that it actually keeps for weeks refrigerated (well beyond the *sell-by* date) and if alcohol is added it can virtually keep for months when refrigerated as proven in University lab studies at Rockefeller Institute that cited aged eggnog can last up to a year or beyond. In the 19th and 20th century, aged eggnog was a thing, and often made a month or two before the holidays and kept in a cool environment, but not refrigerated. Even George Washington made his own aged Eggnog, using Sherry, Rye Whiskey and Rum.
Eggnog, Egg Coffee, Eggnog Latte, Flip, Sour, Tom n Jerry, Prairie Chicken, and Wingless Pigeon are some of the hundreds of beverages that utilize eggs in the recipes; alcohol and non-alcohol cocktails. Whole eggs or Egg Whites, egg substitutes or even synthetic eggs may be used. And yes, you read that correctly; synthetic eggs, which can be purchased at your local liquor store. Egg substitutes may include Flax Seed, Chia Seed or Aquafaba (bean liquid).
There appears to be two different veins of thought about using eggs in beverages or using raw eggs in general. Some are not concerned at all about the use of raw eggs and commonly use them in smoothies or dare I say to curb a hang-over or as a high protein energy drink, while others assume that the eggs are raw in eggnog and steer away from it and some are even repulsed by the thought, however what you purchase in the store is technically not raw egg eggnog, it's pasteurized by law at a heat high enough to kill any potential bacteria, and if you make your own, you have the option of pasteurizing your own eggs, which is easy to do. Adding alcohol kills bacteria, so if you like your eggnog with your favorite spirit, there's little need for concern about pathogens in your beverage. Either way, whether you purchase eggnog or make your own, you have the option of using raw or pasteurized eggs, if the risk of Salmonella is of concern to you.
The FDA recommends pasteurized eggs for use in *raw egg* products and requires that all commercial egg products be pasteurized. According to statistics, there is about 1 in 20,000 eggs that may be infected with Salmonella. You're more apt to be affected by improperly handled vegetables infected with a variety of bacteria than from eggs, but that said, raw eggs should not be given to children or adults with compromised immune systems or to elderly with low resistance to viral or bacterial pathogens. so regardless always use caution and for safety sake use pasteurized eggs or pasteurize your own in raw food items. You'll find a link below for pasteurizing your eggs in or out of shell. And all of my homemade Eggnog recipes are cooked, not raw, so they are safe to drink without concerns about using raw eggs.
Note: All my recipes are non-alcohol, however Brandy, Rum, Bourbon, Vanilla Vodka, Wine, Sherry, Coffee Liqueur, or your favorite spirits can be added to taste if desired. Or you can always try George Washington's formula using a mixture of liquors and age your brew. I have added links below for making your own liqueur that you may enjoy adding to your eggnog recipes or for gifting.
Basic Eggnog Recipe:
Variations to Basic Eggnog:
How to Pasteurize eggs; farm fresh, your own or store bought:
Ways to use Eggnog that are not a Beverage:
What to do with left over Eggnog:
To make your own Liqueur to add to Eggnog:
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