My dearest Intrepid, thanks for your participation and awareness of necessary fireplace safety. Let us fill this debate with holiday fun! My thanks
also to the readers and judges; and to Semperfortis, well, You Know What You Did.
Few activities express the metaphorical truth of what consumerism and modern society have done to the holidays better than the act of swilling down a
large glass of milk-and-egg based slime, pretending to enjoy it, and telling each other "this
is what Christmas memories are made of!"
As is not unusual for disgusting food-stuffs, eggnog originated in England. During the course of this debate, we will explore the history of this,
um, 'beverage-choice', as well as examining, from a safe distance, the various ways in which the British regularly debase their beverages,
especially with regard to the addition of alcohol.
The breadth, and effect, of this topic is staggering. While the historical, cultural, and culinary research could easily fill our available posting
space, I do hope we will have room for more speculative discussion concerning the spirit and spirits of Christmas. Where have modern times led us?
But let us not become overly concerned with details - for there are deeper issues to drink of:
The implications of this subject are not only mixological, but philosophical. Unfortunately, the Platonic ideal and essential qualities of eggnog
cannot be ignored, nor can epistemological implication. René Descartes is often quoted as saying "I drink, therefore I am" (perhaps he was
misheard). However, despite extensive research, I have yet been unable to find evidence of his specific stance on eggnog:
"I hope that posterity will judge me kindly, not only as to the things which I have explained, but also to those which I have intentionally
omitted so as to leave to others the pleasure of discovery."
-René Descartes 
Smug bastard. I suppose we have some work to do, then. Let's get to it!
Questions for Intrepid:
SQ1: Aren't there better things to do with cognac?
SQ2: What is your stance on the use of cinnamon?
SQ3: Dare I mention nutmeg?