Tom and Jerry (Batter Mix)
* 1 lbs. Sugar
* 3 eggs (whites and yolks separated)
* 2 ounces Rum
* 1 tsp. Cinnamon
* 1/2 tsp. Cloves
* 1/2 tsp. Allspice
* 1/2 tsp. Creme of Tartar
Beat egg whites to a stiff froth, and the yolks until they are as thin as water. Mix yolks and whites together and add the rum and spices. Thicken with sugar until the mixture attains the consistence of a light batter.
In a coffee mug, combine one table-spoon full of the above mixture, and 2 ounces of brandy, and then fill the glass with boiling water. Garnish by grating a little nutmeg on top.
The Tom and Jerry was invented in the 1820’s by Pierce Egan. It is generally served during the Christmas Holiday period. It is a variant of egg nog and is served hot in either a mug or a bowl.
I used a wine goblet for the photo just so you could see what this drink looked like.
At one tablespoon per drink, the batter recipe could probably be cut in half if you are not planning to serve 30 or so drinks.
This is a very fragrant and savory cocktail. There is an undercurrent of sweetness due to the sugar while the other spices come forth at the finish with the clove being predominant but not off-putting. While this drink is served hot, it still tasted fine as it cooled.