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Nog was originally an East Anglian term (of unknown ancestry) for a sort of strong beer—in 1693 we find one Humphrey Prideaux writing in a letter of ‘a bottle of old strong beer, which in this country [Norfolk] they call “nog”’. Not until the early nineteenth century was it applied (in full as egg nog) to a drink made from milk and beaten eggs mixed with rum, brandy, or wine. An alternative name for it is egg flip.

Subjects: Cookery, Food, and Drink.

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