Tom & Jerry, a classic toddy

No, not the cartoon. Tom & Jerry is an eggnog variation that was created in the 1820s, basically as an advertising gimmick for a play, Tom and Jerry, or Life in London. This warm toddy may seem like a little more work, but it makes four servings. The recipe itself calls with either water, milk, or coffee – most aficionados swear by hot milk, but the coffee version is also delicious.

Recipe: Tom & Jerry

Ingredients

  • 3 egg whites
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 3 tbls. powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. ground allspice
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. cloves
  • 3/4 oz. brandy
  • 1 1/2 oz. dark rum
  • hot water, milk, or coffee
  • grated nutmeg

Instructions

  1. Beat the egg whites until they are a stiff froth.
  2. Separately beat the egg yolks until they’re light in color.
  3. Gradually beat sugar, allspice, cinnamon and cloves into the yolk mixture.
  4. Fold the yolk mixture into the whites.
  5. Put 2 tablespoons of the egg mixture into each of 4 mugs.
  6. Add the brandy and rum.
  7. Fill the mugs very carefully with hot water, milk, or coffee.
  8. Serve sprinkled with nutmeg.

If prepared properly, adding the spirits and hot liquid to the egg mixture will give you a thin layer of delicate, fluffy foam, similar to a cappuccino. This translates into “don’t skimp on beating the eggs.” If you do, you won’t have fluffy foam, you’ll have a slimy mess. Not nearly as good.

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