Homemade eggnog is a tasty holiday libation for your whole family. Making a batch of this delicious homemade eggnog will put your child’s understanding of measurements and following step-by-step instructions to the test. Translated, eggnog means, “egg inside a cup,” and its origins are debated. However, it probably comes from a British drink called posset. Posset was made of eggs, hot milk and wine or other spirits. Make homemade eggnog with your child this holiday season.
What You Do:
- Make sure your child is in charge of finding all of the necessary ingredients to make this recipe, including identifying the correct measuring spoons and cups. Help your younger child if she is not familiar with some of the abbreviations such as "tsp.”
- In a large mixing bowl, have your child beat the eggs.
- To that, add the milk, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg. Set aside. Before moving on to the next step, ask your child about the various measurements she used and see if she can relate them to one another. For example, does she know how many cups are in a pint, or how many pints are in a quart?
- In a large mixing bowl, have your child pour in the heavy cream and confectioner’s sugar and beat until soft peaks form.
- Fold the cream into the egg mixture.
- Pour into a chilled glass and sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg.
Did you know?
Eggnog became popular in England during the early 1800’s, mostly among the upper classes because the ingredients, particularly milk, were too expensive and hard to come by among the lower classes. Many adults mixed it with alcohol to give it an extra kick. In the United States, mainly dairy farmers and people who owned cows enjoyed eggnog. Our first President, George Washington, is said to have been a fan of eggnog.