Monday, October 27, 2008
Pumpkin Spice Egg Nog: great nog or the greatest nog?
Browsing the latest offerings at my local grocer's dairy aisle this weekend, I came across a beverage that filled me with more giddy hope than an Obama fan singing "Tomorrow" from Annie: PET Pumpkin Spice Egg Nog.
I first tasted it spiked with rum, courtesy of my brother. It wasn't bad. Not bad at all. It was quite good, in fact, though not quite the revelation that I thought it'd be*. But it was spicy enough to enhance my enjoyment of this wonderful season and the hooch provided enough of a numbing factor to console me after Ohio State's devastating loss to Penn State.
Last night I tried it sans alcohol and it still held up rather well. With the possible exception of Tara Reid, everything's better with booze added to it, though, so that's how I'd recommend the drink be served. Bourbon and rum are the traditional favorites for spiking, but why not get creative? Add it to some Goldschläger and make Pumpkin Shooters. Or mix it with a healthy dose of Baileys, which will all but guarantee that you will need to add a spoon to the equation.
Out of all the nogs that I've ever consumed in my life, this easily ranks in the Top 20, maybe even the Top 15. I'll have to consult my nog tasting journal and get back to you.
*Like how everyone will feel about a certain Presidential candidate in a year or two?