What are your thoughts on egg nog? A delicious holiday treat, or a custom befitting female deacons? Is non-alcoholic egg nog truly egg nog (or the other way around)?
These are the important questions, Father.
I am sure you are not being “flip” in asking about nog.
Get it? Flip?
Nog, you say. Which it’s too fun a word not to look at.
There are meanings of nog which have to do with pegs, and so forth. However, we are mostly interested in the beverage… mostly. That leads us to an alternate meaning of nog, which is a strong ale. Taking the word play up a peg or two, nog is good for what ales you. As a verb, to nog also means to fill in the spaces between bricks and so forth. Perhaps that also refers to filling in the spaces between the heavy things we might eat at this time of year.
Nogs and flips (both of them are beverages made with beaten eggs) were standards of yesteryear, usually but not always with the addition of alcohol. After all… why not? It can be argued that that if anything less than wholesome arrives in the drink by way of the eggs, then the alcohol is all the more necessary. Why risk it? Right? Besides, our forebears knew more than their prayers.
In the mighty Aubrey/Maturin series, our heroes enjoy various flips… hence, nogs. We’re talking about the lads of the 18th and 19th c. Royal Navy, in the days of the great sailing ships. (Think tots and rum rations.) So… no, this is no mere “deaconette” drink.
Have some flip.
1 pint dry sherry
1/2 tsp nutmeg
2 tsp sugar
1 tsp butter
Beat the egg and a little sherry in a bowl
Heat the remaining sherry with the nutmeg, sugar and butter.
Gradually add the hot mixture to the egg mixture (don’t let it curdle).
Then “flip” the results back and forth between two jugs until it is frothy and creamy.
Nog has more eggs, especially yolks.
We can get into shrubs and dog’s nose another time.
Meanwhile, learn about these things in Lobscouse and Spotted Dog: Which It’s a Gastronomic Companion to the Aubrey/Maturin Novels. US HERE – UK HERE
And be sure to drink it from a noggin (a cup for drinking nog) obtained from my Swag Store! Since some of you classify as “Zed Heads”, you might go for that particular line… Zed Noggins, as it were. Get it? Huh?