What Does Eggnog Taste Like? And Why Do So Many People Love It?

It's that time of year again -- the cartons of eggnog are back on the shelves at your local grocery store and eggnog drinks are showing up on menus at restaurants and holiday parties. If you've never had the holiday drink before, you might be wondering...what does eggnog taste like?

Despite the name, eggnog doesn't actually taste very eggy. That might be because the main ingredient isn't eggs, it's actually milk or cream.

The reality is, the best eggnog actually tastes quite a bit like melted ice cream. It's almost like drinking a milkshake, albeit one that pops up most often during the holiday season in the United States. In that case, is it any wonder why so many people love it?

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A good glass of eggnog can have sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg in the eggnog recipe, too. There are even coffee shops that will happily make an eggnog latte for you!

And much like vanilla ice cream, eggnog pairs well with lots of other ingredients to suit your tastes, too. Some people prefer to add whipped cream and flavorings like cinnamon on top, for instance.

Personally, I didn't much enjoy eggnog until I had alcoholic eggnog (as an adult of legal drinking age, of course). It can be made with rum, a brandy such as cognac, or bourbon. I've also seen some recipes that call for adding Southern Comfort, and the brand even has eggnog you can purchase when you're out buying groceries!

Or, instead of buying eggnog, you can make homemade eggnog. There are plenty of recipes out there to make traditional eggnog all on your own -- just be careful to follow the instructions carefully when it comes to using eggs and egg yolks, in order to avoid any risk of Salmonella.

If you've somehow made it this far in life without trying eggnog, give it a chance! The flavor may surprise you.

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