When Eggnog isn’t decadent enough, turn to the Tom & Jerry. Created by British writer Pierce Egan in the 1820s, it is not, as one might think, a reference to the famous cartoon cat and mouse duo, nor is it a nod to the great Jerry Thomas. Rather, it was inspired by Egan’s book Life in London Or, The Day and Night Scenes of Jerry Hawthorn Esq. and his Elegant Friend Corinthian Tom. Made with a creamy, eggy batter and a heady base of dark rum and brandy, it’s served hot with steamed milk—typically out of a stylized Tom & Jerry mug. We suggest serving this decadent drink at the end of a dinner party or as a seasonal treat during the holidays or on Valentine’s Day. Or, simply curl up with it on the couch in front of a good movie on a cold Friday night. It’s the ultimate in cozy cocktails.
Tom & Jerry
- Fill a coffee mug with boiling water and let sit for at least 5 minutes.
- Discard the water and add the Tom & Jerry batter, rum and Cognac to the coffee mug.
- Top with steamed milk. Stir to incorporate and garnish with freshly grated nutmeg.
- In a bowl, beat the egg whites with the cream of tartar until stiff peaks form.
- In a separate bowl, beat the egg yolks with the sugar, rum and vanilla extract.
- Slowly fold in the beaten egg whites.
- Batter can be stored in the refrigerator or frozen and kept for several weeks.
The creamy lifeblood of the holiday season, Eggnog is the more pleasantly potable ancestor of Medieval posset, a super-thick mix of hot milk, spirits and spices. It experienced a rebirth in American colonial times when eggs, milk and rum...