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