I think I may have invented a new holiday quaff a couple years ago. While I can't guarantee someone hadn't already come up with this, I discovered it for myself two years ago and just had to share. I reprise my 2011 post here in case you've got a container of egg nog sitting in the fridge right now.
Finding myself armed with a wee jug of Sassy Cow egg nog and a small bottle of the Columbus dairy's chocolate milk, I couldn't resist my urge to experiment.
What I think I invented is a holiday black and tan, or more accurately, brown and yellow. But that name just doesn't have the same panache, does it?
I filled a tall glass about two-thirds full of egg nog and then added the chocolate milk. I found that although it doesn't sit on top or float to the bottom, the chocolate milk sort of hides itself in the egg nog and you almost can't even tell it's there except for the dot at the center of the surface of the nog.
Further experiments showed that some very light stirring makes a streaked version and more vigorous mixing incorporates the milk creating a light brown mix.
But I preferred to leave the chocolate hidden inside, creating almost a reverse – and liquid – filled chocolate.
Though I didn't try it, certainly adding a little, ahem, juice would make it a more festive drink for adults only.
Sure, a tall glass full of egg nog and chocolate milk is a little sinful, but, hey, the holidays come but once a year.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.
He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.
With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.
He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for OnMilwaukee.com and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.
In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.
He can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.