Tom and Jerry drink refers to a traditional cocktail drink had and made during Christmas in the United States. The drink is a variation of eggnog incorporating rum and brandy and served hot, normally inside a bowl or a mug. Tom and Jerry cocktail is a classic cocktail more characteristic to winter that is a frothy, sweet and warm flavored with dark rum normally the Cognac or any similar alternate brandy. It is best when included with hot milk making the drink thicker than otherwise added with hot water.
History of Tom and Jerry Cocktail
Tom and Jerry drink was contrived by a person named Pierce Egan, a sports writer during the 1820s. Though the name sounds similar to the cartoon Tom and Jerry, it does not have any reference to the same. Nor it has any reference to the author of one of the foremost guides of a bartender, How to Mix Drinks (1862) "Professor" Jerry Thomas. Rather Tom and Jerry drink has a reference to the book Life in London by Egan or else the book The Day and Night Scenes of Jerry Hawthorn Esq. and his Elegant Friend Corinthian Tom (1821) and the following stage play Tom and Jerry or the play Life in London. The drink also has many literary references.
Ingredients Used and Popular Methods of Preparation in Tom and Jerry Recipe
Tom and Jerry cocktail is prepared using egg, simple sugar syrup or powdered sugar, dark rum, Cognac or brandy, hot milk or water and for garnish grated nutmeg. The egg white is separated from the egg yolk and beaten separately. Thereafter, the beaten eggs are folded together and added into a coffee glass. To this sugar syrup or powdered sugar, brandy and dark rum are added. Another method uses egg whites, beaten stiff, with the yolks and sugar folded back in, and vanilla extract added. A few spoonfuls are added to a mug, then hot water and rum are added, and it is topped with nutmeg.
Serving and Drinking Tom and Jerry Drink
Tom and Jerry drink is served in an Irish coffee glass or a coffee mug with a topping of grated nutmeg.
Popular Tom and Jerry cocktail Recipe Variations
Tom and Jerry drink variation makes use of beaten stiff egg whites beaten along with the yolks along with sugar that is folded in back as well as the addition of vanilla extract. To an Irish coffee mug or a glass some spoonfuls of Tom and Jerry drink are added followed by rum and hot water and it topped using nutmeg.