Years ago, when I was living in the UK, I went looking for eggnog one Christmas season. Of course, I didn’t manage to find this American holiday speciality drink on the wrong side of the Atlantic. But a confused sales clerk did lead me to the liquor aisle and point out a bottle of advocaat.
Well, yesterday I stumbled upon it again… in the HEMA. Apparently advocaat is a Dutch liqueur and is also known as “Dutch eggnog.”
But the two are hardly the same. Eggnog consists of whipped egg whites, milk and/or cream, sugar, spices, and (optionally) liquor like brandy or rum; it is mixed together raw and not necessarily cooked. It is frothy in texture and light in colour.
Advocaat, on the other hand, is made of egg yolks, sugar, and brandy (not optional), and is cooked in a saucepan. This gives it the consistency of custard and a disturbing radioactive yellow colour. It can be thick enough to eat with a spoon, although the advocaat that I tried was a drinkable liquid.
And how, you ask, does it taste? Err… interesting. Let’s just say I prefer the American eggnog. Which is probably for the better, since my Dutch friend said advocaat is a typical “old ladies drink.”