With Christmas approaching, it’s that time of year for the sweet, thick, egg-coloured creamy fluid known as eggnog. As delicious as this beverage already is, it can be even better once Captain Morgan has been introduced. While the real Captain Morgan’s exploits may be frowned upon today (he reportedly married his cousin), the alcoholic beverage is a tasty addition to the sweet and thick treat believed to have originated in medieval Britain.
Having recently visited the Rocky Mountains, with more than a dusting of snow, I reminisced of the Christmas season, a warm fire, and a glass of rum and eggnog. Ahhh…relaxing by the fireplace with a good book, a spited glass of eggnog, and my favourite four legged friend sounds like a night for me!
How does the Black Dog fit into rum and eggnog? Until recently, I thought it impossible to incorporate Black Dog into a Christmas drink. Apparently, his Gene Simmons like tongue fits quite well into a tasty glass of rum and eggnog…it’s disturbingly long like that of an anteater. Captain Morgan wholeheartedly introduced himself to my dog.
It was a cold November night, with a sprinkle of snow on my lawn, when I poured myself a rather heavenly drink. I hadn’t sampled this delectable treat since attending the ballet, to watch the Nut Cracker, almost a year before. I poured a 1/4 ounce of Captain Morgan Rum, with 4 ounces of eggnog, and a sprinkle of nutmeg. Sitting down in the living room after this, I was momentarily distracted (not overly difficult). I naively placed my drink on the floor, beside the couch, to leave for another room. I assumed that my noble partner of eight years didn’t drink. After all, he hadn’t consumed a drop in the entire time that I’ve known him.
From the kitchen I heard a rather loud slop, slop, slop. Since my faithful companion’s water bowl was unoccupied, I found it rather odd to hear loud sloppy drinking nearby. I quickly learned the Black Dog enjoyed the Christmas cheer as much as I do. Don’t worry, he only drank a quarter of my freshly poured drink…the remainder landed on the living room floor.
Perhaps the Black Dog misses eight years of action packed excitement as much as I do, and is still settling into retirement. He just wanted to kick back and relax with me. It’s okay Black Dog, we’ll pass the time and reminisce together. I couldn’t get upset with the old guy so I poured another drink to kick back, have a laugh, and relax with my favourite pal.
While I don’t endorse sharing a rum and egg nog with your dog, be aware of the fact that our four legged companions are constantly watching us. Perhaps ten or twelve thousand years of canine evolution have taught them to be opportunistic. While I jest, I don’t recommend alcohol as a stress release. Drink responsibly and, just as importantly, remember that a cup of eggnog contains 240 calories (I think the Black Dog can handle the extra calories though).
By the way, if you have a tasty recipe for rum and eggnog then please send it my way. I won’t share it with the Black Dog. Cheers!