Just sold my annual Tom & Jerry set just in time for a holiday party. And here are two recipes for Tom & Jerry, a traditional Christmas drink from the early 19th century, the cousin to eggnog.
Original recipe makes 24 servings
1 1/4 cups confectioners’ sugar
20 fluid ounces brandy
24 cups milk
1 pinch ground nutmeg
Separate the eggs. In a large bowl beat the egg whites until frothy. Whisk in 3/4 cup of the confectioners’ sugar and beat until stiff peaks are formed.
Beat the egg yolks with the remaining 1/2 cup of confectioners’ sugar and about 4 to 5 tablespoons of the brandy until light and lemon colored. Fold the egg whites into the egg yolks and refrigerate.
In a large stock pot heat the milk until hot but do not boil. Reduce heat and keep milk hot.
To each mug add 2 tablespoons brandy (or more to taste) and 1 large heaping tablespoon of egg mixture. Stir and fill mug with hot milk. Place another tablespoon of egg mixture on top and sprinkle with nutmeg.
From Chow.com, a smaller portion for those of you without a party set.
Makes 4 Drinks
3 eggs, separated
3 tablespoons powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
4 ounces brandy, lukewarm
4 ounces dark rum, lukewarm
Freshly grated nutmeg
In a large, clean bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form.
In a separate bowl, beat the egg yolks until light in color; gradually beat in the sugar, allspice, cinnamon, and cloves. Fold the yolk mixture into the whites.
Pour 2 tablespoons into four mugs each. Add 1 ounce brandy and 1 ounce dark rum to each mug.
Fill with hot milk. Stir well, and dust with nutmeg.