Let Seven Three Distilling Co. be your one-stop on game day. We will be providing secure parking spots that must be reserved in advance for all game days this football season. Have your pre-game routine in place now so all you have to do on game day is enjoy cocktails and cheer.

To reserve, email info@seventhreedistilling.com. Spots are limited.

We have game day parking!

Let Seven Three Distilling Co. be your one-stop on game day. We will be providing secure parking spots that must be reserved in advance for all game days this football season. Have your pre-game routine in place now so all you have to do on game day is enjoy cocktails and cheer.

To reserve, email info@seventhreedistilling.com. Spots are limited.

We have game day parking!

Let Seven Three Distilling Co. be your one-stop on game day. We will be providing secure parking spots that must be reserved in advance for all game days this football season. Have your pre-game routine in place now so all you have to do on game day is enjoy cocktails and cheer.

To reserve, email info@seventhreedistilling.com. Spots are limited.

Let Seven Three Distilling Co. be your one-stop on game day. We will be providing secure parking spots that must be reserved in advance for all game days this football season. Have your pre-game routine in place now so all you have to do on game day is enjoy cocktails and cheer.

To reserve, email info@seventhreedistilling.com. Spots are limited.

2024 Bourbon and Eggnog: A Spirited Journey Through Christmas Traditions

Bourbon and eggnog, a classic duo that has become synonymous with the holiday season, particularly Christmas. The origins of this festive pairing can be traced back to a confluence of cultural, historical, and culinary influences. As we delve into the rich tapestry of traditions, we uncover the fascinating journey that brought bourbon and eggnog to the forefront of Christmas celebrations.

 

bottle of Bywater Bourbon next to a barrel of aging bourbon
Bywater Bourbon

Bourbon and Eggnog: A Christmas Staple

The roots of eggnog itself can be found in medieval Britain, where a hot, milky ale concoction was popular during winter festivities. As the tradition crossed the Atlantic to the American colonies, it evolved to incorporate the readily available ingredients of the New World – eggs, milk, and, in some cases, spirits. Early American versions of eggnog were often made with rum, reflecting the influence of Caribbean trade and the abundance of this distilled beverage.

Enter bourbon, a uniquely American spirit with its roots deeply embedded in the history of Kentucky. While bourbon production predates Christmas traditions, its rise in popularity during the 19th century coincided with the emergence of Christmas as a widely celebrated holiday in the United States. The smooth and rich flavor profile of bourbon made it a natural complement to the creamy, spiced allure of eggnog.

73 Distilling Co. Bywater Bourbon bottle- a key ingredient in eggnog
Original Bywater Bourbon

The association between bourbon and eggnog and the Christmas season solidified over time, with households incorporating the indulgent beverage into their holiday traditions. The warming effect of bourbon, coupled with the comforting creaminess of eggnog, created a drink that resonated with the festive spirit of Christmas. Families gathered around the hearth, toasting to good health and merriment with glasses of this seasonal elixir.

The mid-20th century witnessed a surge in the popularity of bourbon and eggnog as a Christmas libation, thanks in part to clever marketing campaigns by spirits producers. Advertisements depicted idyllic scenes of families and friends enjoying glasses of bourbon-laced eggnog, reinforcing the idea that this combination was an essential part of the holiday experience. As a result, the drink became ingrained in the cultural fabric of Christmas celebrations across the country.

Full selection of sprirts offered by Seven Three Distillery
Spirit offerings by Seven Three Distillery

Moreover, the resurgence of interest in traditional and craft cocktails in recent years has further propelled bourbon and eggnog into the limelight. Mixologists and home bartenders alike have embraced the art of creating artisanal eggnog recipes, experimenting with different bourbon varieties and adding nuanced flavors such as nutmeg, cinnamon, and vanilla. This creative reimagining has elevated the classic Christmas drink, making it a staple at holiday parties and gatherings.

In conclusion, the journey of bourbon and eggnog as a Christmas drink is a tale woven with threads of history, culture, and culinary innovation. From its humble origins in medieval Britain to its evolution in the American colonies, the pairing of bourbon and eggnog has become a cherished tradition, synonymous with the joy and warmth of the Christmas season. As we clink glasses filled with this festive elixir, we not only savor the flavors but also raise a toast to the enduring legacy of a drink that has become a beloved emblem of holiday cheer.

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