Tom and Jerry

Friday, December 9, 2011

Eggnog is a holiday staple, but this year I thought I'd introduce you to its warmed up cousin, the Tom and Jerry. The addition of brandy to this classic made it incredibly popular in the early 1800's, and it'll be a hit at your house, too!


Tom and Jerry

2 eggs, separated
1/8 tsp cream of tarter
1 1/2 cups plus 2 tsp dark rum
2/3 cup superfine sugar
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground allspice
1/8 tsp ground clove
4 1/2 cups milk
1 1/2 cups brandy
freshly grated nutmeg

Whisk egg whites and cream of tartar to stiff peaks in a large bowl.
 In another bowl, whisk yolks, 2 tsp rum, sugar, cinnamon, allspice and cloves until thick. Fold egg whites into yolk mixture in 2 batches. Cover bowl with plastic wrap; chill batter.


To serve, warm milk in a 2-qt. saucepan over medium low heat. Put 1 heaping tbsp batter into a mug; stir in 1–2 tbsp each of cognac and rum. Fill mug with 6 tbsp milk; stir until frothy and garnish with nutmeg.


Notes: This is a fairly fussy recipe, but it's well worth the effort. Use whatever rum and brandy you have on hand, since the spices and milk will make even inexpensive liquor tasty. Cheers!


Photo by Todd Coleman for Saveur.

25 comments:

  1. i've never had egg nog before! can you believe that?! maybe i'll give it a try this year. xoxo jillian:: cornflake dreams

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  2. My friend made egg nog last year. I did not partake since I don't drink alcohol but it smelled so good with the cloves!

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  3. oh my - this sounds absolutely delicious!! I was looking for something to make over the holidays and this one sounds like an absolute must try -yum!! Happy Friday. xo veronika

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  4. I've never been an egg nog fan . . . maybe I'll like it with the addition of brandy?!

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  5. Oooh yes please! Just the perfect warming drink. Happy weekend! (Finally)!

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  6. I bet my Dad would like this - he loves eggnog, so I'm sure he'd love this too!

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  7. Oh, YES! This is just what I need :) Mmmm - craving it now. Is that bad?

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  8. Husband loooves egg nog - will definitely have to save this recipe for him!

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  9. idk why, i just never acquired a taste for eggnog. i love the idea of it though so maybe i'll give this recipe a try! xoxo

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  10. I'm ready for egg nog - spiked please!

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  11. YUM!!! We are going to a Milk Punch Brunch this weekend....no idea whats in that???

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  12. Mmm I LOVE egg nog, especially when it's spiked!

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  13. OH I love Tom & Jerry...I totally grew up on them. Oh the drink, the drink, right ;)

    I bought a Tom & Jerry milkglass set at a flea market, but I've never had one.

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  14. looking forward to a little sip this evening!

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  15. oh, will you make this for us Christmas eve once we are home and in our jammies?

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  16. what do you know, i just bought myself some brandy for spiked cider. I will have to give this recipe a try too. Oh its gonna be a fun little weekend.

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  17. that sounds delicious... love a nice twist to any classic!

    hope you're having a nice weekend my dear!

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  18. This sounds divine! I'll be trying this out this Christmas (even if it's summer here in Oz).

    ~ Clare x

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  19. thanks for this recipe! we've been wanting to make some delicious egg nog :D

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  20. I really want to like egg nog but I just can't.

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  21. I just heard about this drink on Friday when I was at Miller's Pub in Chicago! Sadly, I figured I should abstain since I was on a work trip ;) Now I can make my own! Hooray!

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