I was reading the December 2009 issue of Saveur last night and I came across a short article on page 15 about Tom and Jerrys titled "Winter's Old Friend."
While I've never had a Tom and Jerry, reading the article brought back vague memories of hearing about the drink when I was attending a college near Buffalo, NY. Apparently this drink was very popular all over in the late 1800s but these days it's only common in the areas near the great lakes, particularly in Ohio and Michigan.
In any case, it's an alcoholic drink similar to eggnog but served hot. It sounds pretty good and I might give it a try this weekend because we're going to be having overnight lows in the 20s---and a hot libation could be just what the doctor ordered!
Here's the recipe from the Saveur article, but many variations can be found on the web.
Tom & Jerry (serves 12)
2 eggs, separated
1/8 tsp of cream of tartar
1.5 cups dark rum
2/3 cup confectioners sugar
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp allspice
1/8 tsp ground cloves
4.5 cups milk
1.5 cups cognac
nutmeg sprinkled on top
1. In a large bowl, whisk egg whites and cream of tartar to stiff peaks.
2. In another bowl, whisk yolks, 2 tsp. rum, sugar, cinnamon, allspice, and cloves until thick. Working in 2 batches, fold egg whites into yolk mixture. Cover bowl with plastic wrap; chill batter.
3. To serve, heat milk in a 2-qt. saucepan over medium-low heat; keep warm. 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.
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