Thursday Tea: November 26 (The Sophisticated Traveler: Great Tours and Detours)

Thursday Tea Thursday Tea is a weekly meme hosted by yours truly. To play along, all you need is some tea, a book, and the answers to these questions: what tea are you drinking (and do you like it)? What book are you reading (and do you like it)? Tell us a little about your tea and your book, and whether or not the two go together.

The book: I have literally just started The Sophisticated Traveler: Great Tours and Detours. I’m at the beginning so I have no idea if I like it yet, but considering its a short story collection of travel stories I’d guess it’d be pretty hard to dislike it, you know? But it seems like it’ll be a real trip (excuse the pun) because it covers nearly the entire world, excluding the Arctic.

The tea: Today is not tea day. Today is eggnog day. I know! It’s bad for you. But I can’t help myself– I love eggnog! I don’t drink it year-round, but as soon as Thanksgiving shows up it’s time to start chugging the eggnog.

Do you know the origins of eggnog? For some reason I had thought it was a Middle East kind of thing (because of the spices), but actually it was probably invented in England. Here’s a bit from Wikipedia:

The origins, etymology, and even the ingredients used to make the original eggnog drink are debated. Eggnog, or a very similar drink, may have originated in East Anglia, England, though it may also have been developed from posset (a medieval European beverage made with hot milk). An article by Nanna Rögnvaldsdóttir, an Icelandic food expert, states that the drink adopted the “nog” part of its name from the word “noggin”, a Middle English phrase used to describe a small, wooden, carved mug used to serve alcohol. Another name for this British drink was Egg Flip. Yet another story is that the term derived from the name “egg-and-grog”, a common Colonial term used to describe rum. Eventually the term was shortened to “egg’n’grog”, then “eggnog”.


And here’s an eggnog recipe from Alton Brown, and a vegan eggnog recipe. I’ve never made my own eggnog– have you?

Do they go together? Okay, let’s be honest. Eggnog would only go with books set in the winter time. The Sophisticated Traveler? Not set in the winter time. So, no: eggnog doesn’t go with this book. (I don’t care!!)

What are you drinking/reading this Thursday?

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  1. I enjoyed this post very much. Informative about the drink too, although it’s not one I was ever able to develop a taste for. Winter means hot chocolate for me. I look forward to your thoughts on the book when you’ve finished it.

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