Black Cherry Eggnog

Christmas Drink; A simple non-alcoholic Christmas drink with eggnog.

eggnog mocktailThis isn’t a real post.

In fact, I’m not even going to put a recipe card at the bottom of this post.  Because this beverage is exactly what it sounds like… store bought eggnog mixed with black cherry soda.

Don’t knock it ’til you try it.  For real.

I’m posting this on Christmas Eve for a reason.  And not just because I’d rather be doing Christmasey stuff than blogging complicated recipes on Christmas Eve.

My paternal Grandma always has her family Christmas party on Christmas Eve.  I don’t remember ever going to this party when we didn’t have a little table with Eggnog and a selection of different flavors of fruity pop to mix in.  Some {weird} people used orange or strawberry soda, but by far the most popular flavor was black cherry. cherry eggnog

This year, a cousin who lives about 10 states away wondered aloud {on Facebook} where this tradition began.  She said no one else she knows does this, and people think she’s crazy when she tells them about it, including her own husband.

She also confessed that she’s been mixing her eggnog with Cherry 7-Up, because you can’t get Shasta in the mid west.

Wha-whaaat?  No Shasta?!  No black cherry?! Inconceivable!  I immediately shed a tear for her.  {On the bright side, I’m pretty sure the mid west people can get Pomegranate 7-Up now, which I’m certain would be a far better choice than Cherry.}

Anyhow, with our curiosity piqued, we went to the source of all family history knowledge… Grandma.

She told us in all honesty that the source of this tradition was none other than my mother.

Mind. Blown.

eggnog mix ins

I swear I have never known that my own mother introduced my father’s family to this tradition until this year.  I asked Mom about it, and she said her family has been mixing eggnog and black cherry for ages.  I didn’t know this, because I don’t think I’ve ever seen it.  At least, it is not the tradition in Mom’s family that it is in Dad’s.  Mom also said that before she came around, Dad’s family was mixing their eggnog with Sprite.

Wow, Dad.  Good decision, marrying Mom.  I applaud you.

So, in lieu of recipe card, here are the official instructions: Pour some eggnog in a glass.  Then pour in some black cherry soda, as much as you like.  Consume slowly.  I recommend mixing it somewhere between 1:1 and 2:1 eggnog-to-cherry.  And don’t bother stirring.  The black cherry slowly settles toward the bottom as you drink.

If you think this sounds strange, I double dog dare you to try it and tell me it’s not delicious and festive.

Merry Christmas, -Jen

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8 thoughts on “Black Cherry Eggnog

  1. Shelley Stanley

    WHAT??? My mind is also sufficient;y blown. Mixing eggnog with Sprite?? Whatever would we have done without your mother? Pretty much really grateful for her right now. We will be sharing this tradition with our friends from Seattle tonight. I’m really hoping that we can start spreading the amazingness of this drink from coast to coast. Merry Christmas!

    1. Jen Post author

      I’ve been trying for 17 years, and still haven’t managed to talk Robb into loving this. My kids are sufficiently indoctrinated, though! I hope your friends in Seattle catch the spirit, Shelley!

  2. Diana Rambles

    Shut the front door! I refuse to venture out to the store today, but I do have some Sierra Mist Cranberry Splash out in the garage. Sending my son out to get it right now so we can try (our version of) this! YUM!! I’d love you to come link this up at my Pin Me Linky Party.

  3. Jen

    Tell your cousin in the midwest to try Aldi for the Shasta. Jewels used to sell them to or try health food store they sell natural fruit pop

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  6. Teresa Jones

    Tried the Christmas morning punch for a test but mine didn’t come out red and it’s not tastey i used all the ingredients it called for


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