Saturday, December 24, 2011

The Other Tom and Jerry

Photo courtesy of Science of Drink

From the Kitchen of One Perfect Bite...This is a lovely sipper to enjoy on Christmas Eve, but not before the last of your chores are done. It looks harmless, a bit like the warm milk or weak cocoa your mother made when you were young and had trouble sleeping. If warm milk calmed you and let you slip into the arms of Morpheus, beware the Tom and Jerry. This is a warm cocktail that can sneak up on you. It was a seasonal favorite that fell out of favor during the 60's, but it is now staging a bit of a comeback. I suspect one taste of the hot/cold/sweet/creamy/spicy combo will make you a fan as well. While I love the flavors of this drink, I find it a bit fussy to prepare and personally prefer the simplicity of a hot buttered rum, a drink that is similar to it but easier to make. I know that many of you are too young to have ever tasted this one-time holiday favorite and I thought you might like to see how they are made. Here's the recipe for those of you who would like try one.

Tom and Jerry
...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of Drink of the Week

3 eggs
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
3 tablespoons powdered sugar
4 ounces Cognac
4 ounces dark rum
Milk (cooked till hot)

1) Separate egg whites from yolks. In a large bowl, beat egg whites until they stiffen. In another bowl, beat egg yolks until they thin and then beat in allspice, sugar, cinnamon, and cloves. Fold yolks into whites. This is the batter.
2) For each drink, pour 2 tablespoons of this batter and then add one ounce of Cognac and one ounce of dark rum. Top off with hot milk. Stir ingredients together til they foam a bit and top each drink with a dusting of cinnamon or nutmeg. Yield: 4 servings.

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Pondside said...

Oh my, but that took me back, Mary. Eons ago, when The Great Dane was at the Royal Military College, this was a favorite winter time drink, especially at winter carnival time. It was also the drink of choice when West Point came in February to play hockey, every other year. Those were the days!
I wonder if I can get TGD to make me one of these - a trip down memory lane.

Ginny Hartzler said...

I have never heard of this drink before, but it does look yummy and kind of deceptive, I bet it's really good.

Lynn said...

I've seen the Tom and Jerry punch bowls and glasses, always wondered what it was. Merry Christmas Mary:@)

Buttercup said...

My first thought, too, was "Oh my." I'd never finish my chores, but I certainly wouldn't mind. Wishes for a bright and blessed Christmas!

Priya Suresh said...

Very interesting drink,never heard about it..looks stunning..Xmas wishes MAry.

mia maria said...

Happy Holidays and all the best for the New Year!

Rita said...

This looks so so good; I can judy imagine the taste.

That Girl said...

This would be perfect for our stay in and watch movies weekend. Have to check and see if I still have some dark rum...

Jeannie said...

I would love to have a glass of that wonderful drink right now, I am sure it will warm me up in this rainy wet evening:) Merry Christmas to you Mary:)

Kim said...

This drink would be perfect for tonight! Have a Merry, Merry Christmas, dear Mary!

fotoala said...

Merry Christmas! Wonderful blog!

Valerie Gamine said...

Cognac, rum, cloves, cinnamon and milk?! This is just the drink to warm up to on a cold, blustery night!

Merry Christmas, Mary! (Have a delicious, safe, happy holiday season.)

Anonymous said...

Oh my, I think I would love this drink! Which means I would have another, and it would sneak up on me.
Merry Christmas!

Lori E said...

My husband came home with the ingredients for making hot buttered rums last night.
I think all the old cocktails are making a comeback. I see them featured on different menus.
I'll bet a Tom & Jerry packs a punch.
Everything old is new again.

Margaret Murphy Tripp said...

I've never tried one, but it does sound delicious! Cognac and rum...yum! Merry Christmas!

Clint said...

Looks like a "woman thing" that my wife will enjoy very much. I think I'll stick with something a bit more manly.

Hope y'all have the best Christmas ever!

Lenia said...

It sounds delicious!Merry Christmas,dear Mary!All the best!

Joanne said...

This sounds thoroughly addictive. What an awesome way to cap off the night! Merry Christmas, Mary!

Marigold Houseware Boutique said...

Yum. This would be perfect while watching a movie under the blanket! And we sell the very same cup in our online store!

Can't wait to try it. Happy Holidays to you and yours.

Unknown said...

OH YUM! I've had a Tom and Jerry before, but I think they called it something else.. no matter, it was amazing!!!

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