Did you know it is National Eggnog Month? How about National Maple Syrup Day? Though it has been a challenging year for most, it does not mean we can’t celebrate with virtual or small distant festivities to end this arduous year on a high note. Eggnog with maple syrup is an excellent combination to put a little happiness in anyone’s holiday spirit. It tastes fantastic and can help one forget about the troubles if not for nothing, at least temporarily. Yum!
Eggnog is traditionally known as milk punch. It is a creamy and rich punch made with eggs and milk used to celebrate the holidays. Some people make it without alcohol, and others add a little kick to their eggnog by pouring on the alcohol. Those who cannot tolerate dairy or vegans can come up with their own concoctions to help revel in the jolly season.
Maple Syrup, unlike refined sugars, comes from sugar maple trees making it a wonderful alternative to processed sugars. They have no artificial flavoring and are filled with vitamins and minerals such as iron, manganese, potassium, and zinc. Now though maple syrup is better than processed sugars, remember that it is still sugar no matter the grade (A or B) and is super sweet. Adding maple syrup to a treat every now and again; hence, the holidays are not bad, but too much can often lead to diseases like diabetes. Although maple syrup is low on the glycemic index, it does not mean one could regularly overindulge it.
Eggnog and maple syrup together for the holidays makes for pure a delightful, succulent delicacy. Together these two pair well and makes for a semi less fattening spin on the drink. We make it vegan and add some bourbon or rum to it to spice things up. One can always leave out the alcohol if it does not float your boat and especially if driving.
Even though we cannot control what is going on around us, we can control how we choose to think and act about situations. Eggnog signifies great cheer and festivities, so take some time out and have yourself a very Merry Christmas, Kwanzaa and New Year. Add a slight kick to your maple syrup eggnog with the addition of some bourbon, rum, or vodka, and boy, will you be in for a real holiday delight. If you want to keep your drink alcohol free, you can do that too and still have a joyous time.
Did you know most sugar maple trees have dark green leaves that turn red, orange, or yellow in the fall? Have you seen any maple trees this year?
Check out our past blog post featuring our dairy-free, vegan eggnog recipe: