Thursday, December 10, 2009

Recipe of the Week: Tom and Jerry


A Tom and Jerry is a traditional Christmas cocktail devised by sports writer, Pierce Egan in the 1820’s in London, England.


One account of the origins of the Tom and Jerry comes from the 1821 book, Life in London; or, The Day and Night Scenes of Jerry Hawthorn, Esq., and his elegant friend, Corinthian Tom, by Pierce Egan. This book was very popular and to further publicize it, Egan named a version of Egg Nog, the "Tom and Jerry". Pubs were even called "Tom and Jerries" for a while during this period.


The drink also features prominently in Damon Runyon’s short story "Dancing Dan's Christmas" beginning with the passage:


This hot Tom and Jerry is an old time drink that is once used by one and all in this country to celebrate Christmas with, and in fact it is once so popular that many people think Christmas is invented only to furnish an excuse for hot Tom and Jerry, although of course this is by no means true.


I can’t say I’ve ever had a Tom and Jerry, but I found this easy mix to try.


Enjoy!

Stacy


Tom and Jerry Mix

Makes: 2 servings


I N G R E D I E N T S
2 egg, separated
2 teaspoons bar sugar
2 ounce dark Jamaica rum
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 ounce brandy
Hot water

I N S T R U C T I O N S

1. Beat egg yolks with sugar, rum and allspice until smooth and thick.

2. Separately beat egg white until stiff. Fold white into yolk mixture.

3. Put mixture into a preheated mug. Add hot water to fill mug 3/4 full. Stir gently. Add brandy. Dust with grated nutmeg.


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