Besides adding a festive spirit to your celebrations, eggnog can certainly get you drunk – it just depends on how you like to drink it. While other drinks happen to make good mixers, eggnog’s natural state is actually an alcoholic one.
Both homemade and commercial eggnogs are made in non-alcoholic versions and recipes where alcoholic beverages, generally brown aged spirits such as bourbon, brandy or rum, are added during preparation or directly into the cup given after the nog is poured.
While eggnog is typically consumed as a drink or dessert on its own, it can also be used to make delicious French toast, pancakes, or ice cream.
Traditionally made with eggs, cream, milk and sugar, even a small serving can contain significant amounts of calories, fat, saturated fat and added sugar. And there’s an additional health concern with eggnog: If it’s made from raw eggs, it can pose a food poisoning risk.
Getting drunk on eggnog takes dedication. You’re not just dealing with alcohol here, but a ton of extra calories in the form of eggs, cream, and sugar. And because you can prepare eggnog with as many liqueurs as you want, you may end up staring at the floor of a porcelain throne longer than you want.
Eggnog is usually served cold, but you can heat it up, especially if you’re coming from snowman building or ice skating. And you can spice it up with brandy, rum or your choice of spirits, but it’s also great simply with vanilla or cinnamon.
At that time, eggnog was very thick and contained mostly rum, which was a common alcoholic beverage in the colonies. When prepared in advance and when prepared with eggs, alcohol dries the raw eggs and eliminates potentially harmful bacteria.
This rich and creamy drink is made from egg yolks and cream, making it very heavy on the stomach. A full stomach can also make you very sleepy. Eggnog is widely available in grocery stores during the holiday season, or you can find a recipe and make your own.
Eggs need to be cooked to 160 degrees F to kill any bacteria that may be present, such as salmonella. If your eggnog recipe calls for raw eggs, it may not be safe. Adding alcohol inhibits bacterial growth, but cannot be relied upon to kill bacteria.
First, the calories – eggnog is the highest calorie drink you’ll drink year-round. Count from 330 calories to 440 calories in a single 8-ounce jar — with no whipped cream or ice cream or anything else you might add. That’s more than many weight gain drinks.
Unopened bottled shelf-life eggnog that contains alcohol can be up to 18 months without refrigeration. Once opened, the alcoholic beverage will keep in the fridge for several weeks. Homemade eggnog usually keeps for about three days when refrigerated; If at least 5 percent alcohol is added, it can take a few weeks.
“Eggnog is made from ‘heavy’ ingredients which, if eaten to the exclusion of everything else, could cause stomach upset,” said Registered Dietitian Barbara Ruhs. “Cream is full of fat and it takes longer to digest.
So yes, eggnog is safe to drink by a healthy person. Of course, eating raw eggs comes with some risk, so don’t overdo it.
“It’s very decadent and a treat.” Translated: Tastes like dessert and is somewhat high in calories depending on the recipe. But as long as you drink it in moderation, you should be able to enjoy eggnog to your liking.
Store-bought eggnog usually comes with an expiration date. This date is usually a good estimate of how long the drink will retain its freshness. An unopened box should be fine for an extra two or three days, but not much longer. Once you’ve opened the box, it should last around 5 to maybe 7 days.
The most common ingredients and foods that can cause diarrhea have been identified in an article by Harvard Health Publishing. Drum roll, please: The main ingredients in eggnog—sugar, dairy, and alcohol—are on the list.