Tom and Jerry

Tom and Jerry

This was on the bar at every establishment in New York City during the holidays in the Gay Nineties.

Tom and Jerry

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Recipe by Julian Solorzano Cuisine: Seasonal CocktailDifficulty: Hard




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  • For The Batter
  • 2 Ounces Anejo Rum

  • 12 Fresh large eggs, separated

  • 6 cups Sugar

  • 1.5 Teaspoons Ground cinnamon

  • .50 Teaspoon Ground cloves

  • .50 Teaspoon Ground allspice

  • 1 Teaspoon Creme of Tatar (optional)

  • For Each Individual Drink
  • 2 Tablespoons Batter

  • 1.5 Ounces Brandy

  • .50 Ounces Anejo Rum

  • 3-4 Ounces Boiling water or hot milk

  • Freshly grated nutmeg for garnish


  • For the Batter
  • To make the batter: In a large bowl, beat the egg yolks until combined. While continuing to beat, gradually add the sugar, spices, and rum and beat, until the mixture is thick and pale.
  • Beat the egg whites separately until stiff.
  • Fold the egg whites into the egg yolks and stirs until the consistency is of a light batter.
  • Add teaspoon of cream of tartar, if desired, to prevent the sugar from settling to the bottom of the batter.
  • For Each Drink
  • To prepare each drink: put the batter in the bottom of a ceramic mug, add the spirits and the boiling water or hot milk and stir. Dust with nutmeg and serve.

Recipe Video


If you are interested in finding more seasonal or winter-themed cocktails like the Tom and Jerry, click on our Top Ten Christmas Cocktails post here.

Written by Julian Solorzano

Hailing from Queens, New York, Julian Solorzano served four years in the United States Air Force, traveling throughout Europe and experiencing the best of the local cultures, including their passion for good food and wine. He has since grown an appreciation for all things wine and mixology. Julian fuses that passion with his skills in writing, photography, and video production to share his passion with the world.

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