Tom & Jerry Holiday Cocktail

 Ingredients for the TOM & JERRY cocktail

Ingredients for the TOM & JERRY cocktail

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Yes, even if you’re not into all the Holiday Hoo-Rah, it is a good excuse to imbibe those seasonal beverages! One of my favorite holiday beverages is EGG NOG, but as I’ve grown older dairy isn’t my friend anymore:( Most egg nog is made with eggs+sugar+spices and milk of some sort. After researching more about egg nog recipes I stumbled upon the TOM & JERRY cocktail. A warm spin on the frothy egg nog I’d had at holiday parties, it reminds me of a hybrid of Hot Buttered Rum & Egg Nog. The Tom & Jerry cocktail uses separated eggs (egg whites are whisked until frothy and then re-introduced) sugar, spices and hot water or milk of your choice. The end result tastes like a warm frothy egg nog latte.

We will show you how to make the boozy version but also included here is a recipe for the N/A coffee version.

Contrary to what Starbucks has taught us, traditional egg nog is usually served cold. The Tom & Jerry is a hot beverage that is traditionally served from a punch bowl into insulated mugs.

You’ve probably seen sets like this at a vintage store during the holidays:

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So how do you make this fantastic beverage? First we will make the Tom & Jerry batter, which is essentially a mix that you will spoon into a cup, add liquor of choice (or hot coffee for an N/A version) and top with hot milk, non-dairy milk or water. Let’s get started!!



1.5 cups of sugar

1 tsp cream of tartar

½ tsp ground cinnamon

½ tsp ground clove

½ tsp ground nutmeg

1 tsp vanilla extract

Separate your egg whites from yolks, put your egg whites and the cream of tartar in a mixing bowl or a bowl big enough to rapidly whisk in. Whisk the egg whites and cream of tartar until you can pull stiff little peaks out of the egg whites. This means the egg whites are whisked stiff enough to hold up a little peak when you dip a spoon in and pull it out. You will have to whisk for probably 2-3 minutes and a medium-high speed. I recommend using an electric mixer or Kitchen Aid mixer.

Add sugar, spices and vanilla extract to egg yolks in a different bowl. Whisk these together until all ingredients are mixed up.

When you have egg yolks and egg whites prepared, gently fold egg whites into the egg yolk mixture. DO NOT use a electric mixer, I favor a spatula to just kindly integrate the two mixes. You’ve worked so hard to get those egg whites nice and fluffy, now is the time you need to delicately integrate them into the mix.

Once you have a nice mixture (it should be a light brown color) you have your Tom & Jerry Cocktail batter. It’s a good idea to make this in advance and store refrigerated in a mason jar. (Keeps for up to 2 weeks)


Add 1 scoop (2-3 tablespoons) of batter to an insulated Mug

1 oz of dark or spiced rum (Brandy or whiskey will work too)

-Top with warm milk, non-dairy milk or water

Finish with ground nutmeg

HOW ABOUT A N/A EGG NOG LATTE???????????????????

In a lager coffee cup style mug:

-1 scoop (2-3 tablespoons) of Tom & Jerry batter

-3 oz of warm milk, or non dairy milk

-Top off with Hot coffee or double shot of espresso

For a full video on how to make this check out my segment on KPTV FOX 12’s



The simple Hot Toddy


For your hot toddy :

1-1.5 oz of bourbon, whiskey, brandy or spiced rum.

1 oz of lemon juice

.75 oz of honey

(Optional add a few dashes of bitters for an extra kick)

Now you must warm these ingredients:

Take two cocktail shakers (metal cup like shaped) fill one 1/2 full with boiling water and float the other one inside on top the hot water. This will make you a double boiler type system and from there you can build your drink in this vessel.

Ok you got the whiskey, lemon, and honey hot….

Using a towel or hot pad grab the top shaker out of the double boiler and pour ingredients into a pre-warmed cup. Top with hot water and garnish with cinnamon, or nutmeg.

Pear Champagne Cocktail

Need a great Pre- Thanksgiving dinner drink that will balance the salty foods? Try something sparkly and fruity!

This “first course” champagne cocktail will be a great addition to your appetizers.


Pear juice

Lemon Juice

Champagne or sparkling wine

Star Anise for garnish.

Start with Pear juice! Available at New Seasons and other natural foods stores. In a medium-large pot get the pear juice boiling. Reduce heat to medium and let the pear juice boil for about 20+ minutes. Measure how much juice you put in to start. When you think it’s reduced to 1/3 the original amount, pour (carefully) into a liquid measuring cup to check the volume.

When you have a reduction that’s 1/3 the original volume, pull off the heat and cool. It’s a good idea to do this in advance so you can chill your reduction before combining with other ingredients.

When you are ready to serve your cocktail:

In a champagne flute or wine glass add 3/4 oz of pear reduction and 1/2oz lemon juice (juice from about 1/2 a lemon). Top with champagne or sparkling wine and garnish with star anise or a lemon peel. IT’S THAT EASY!!

You can also substitute sparkling water for the sparkling wine for a nice Non-Alcoholic version.


VEGAN Drinking (Hot) Chocolate with Ginger

A great dessert for you and your guests that’s not as filling as a piece of pie!


1 13.5 oz can of unsweetened Coconut milk

3/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder

1/4 cup blue agave nectar

1/8 cup (splash) water

1 tbsp ground ginger

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and heat over medium to low heat. Using a whisk, stir ingredients together and dissolve.

Simmer for a few minutes on medium heat. Do not over simmer or you will have a very thick chocolate sauce:)

Serve in small glass (about 4-5 ounces) and garnish with orange peel and ground nutmeg & ginger for more spice.


Halloween Punch N/A!

Want a fun punch for all your guests to enjoy?? Here’s a simple tasty recipe !

In a punch bowl add:

1/2 can Limeade concentrate

64 oz pineapple juice

1/2 quart of lime sherbert

1 oz of sweetened coconut cream (for color)

1 liter of lemon lime soda

(add vodka or white rum if wanted for adult version)

As the punch is consumed, you can add more sherbet and lemon/lime soda to keep the punch flowing.

Make a cool creepy ice cub hand to keep it chill !

 Ice cube hand:

Using a rubber glove, rinse it out to remove any powder.

Fill glove completely with water, add a few drops of food coloring if wanted.

Twist glove closed and put a rubber band on the opening to keep it from leaking.

Place on small cookie sheet or plate and put into freezer & freeze overnight

Remove glove from ice cube and drop into the punch .



How to make your own Pumpkin Spice that is anything but “basic:”


Make a 1:1 simple syrup (2 cups sugar + 2 cups water) -raw sugar works best for deep flavor, white sugar if you like sweetness more.

-Infuse with pumpkin spices into the syrup( best to do while hot)

15 cloves

1 TBSP nutmeg

1 TBSP cinnamon

1 TSP ginger

1 TSP allspice

- Remove cloves after syrup cools (this will help keeping the bitterness down)

-When syrup is cooled down, blend 1:1 with pumpkin puree ( I used a kitchen aid mixer, you can do it with a whisk or a vitamix blender)

-store in refrigerator for 1-2 weeks.

-Try it in coffee with cream, smoothies, shakes, teas and cocktails


Sometimes all you need is a little sip of pumpkin spice and a trip to the pumpkin patch to make it the perfect day!


LOOKING FOR A TASTY FALL BEVERAGE??? Look no further than an Apple Cider Toddy.

Start by making an apple cider reduction:


- 2 cups of Pure Apple cider (not from concentrate)

-2 cups of raw or demerara sugar

-4 to 6 whole cinnamon sticks

Combine all ingredients in a sauce pan and bring to a rolling boil. Stir while mixture is heating up to ensure the sugar is dissolving. Once mixture is boiling reduce heat and allow mixture to simmer. Simmer for about 20-40 minutes until mixture is reduced by 1/3.

Allow to cool and strain out cinnamon sticks.

BOOM! You have an apple cider Reduction!!

To make an apple cider toddy:

In a mug of your choice combine:

2 oz of your apple cider reduction, 1 oz of lemon juice and top with hot water.

If you’d like a cocktail version, add 1 oz of spiced rum or whiskey and 2 dashes of bitters.


LIFTED LEMONADE- Berry Infused Yerba Mate Lemonade

Looking for a refreshing afternoon pick me up or boost you can keep in your refrigerator?

Try a cold brewed Yerba Mate tea. The brewing process is similar to making sun tea, and the caffeine in Yerba mate will give you a nice “lifted” effect.



Cold Brewed method:

-1 part yerba mate tea

-five parts cold water

-add peppermint tea or citrus rind for extra flavor

-steep for 18-24 hours in the refrigerator

-strain and enjoy or mix with juice or lemonade

Store Refrigerated for up to 3 -4 weeks

-served cold, sometimes mixed with berries or other fruits and shaken

-a refreshing afternoon pick-me-up


-Quick hot brew method: any coffee brewing system will work, usually about the same amount by volume of yerba tea as you would use coffee.

-Raspberry– lemonade -Yerba mate :

6oz of yerba mate cold brewed tea

6oz lemonade

½ cup raspberries (fresh or frozen )

Blend in blender without ice ( creates a nice froth)

Serve over ice, enjoy and get lifted!!



 Guayaki is the most common brand of Yerba Mate found at grocery stores, but there are many other types included toasted Yerba!!

Guayaki is the most common brand of Yerba Mate found at grocery stores, but there are many other types included toasted Yerba!!

Afternoon study sessions got you tired? Grab some mate and a gourd and add a natural uplifting beverage to study time with your classmates on the lawn.

-Pronounced “Mah-Tay” Yerba Mate-translated means “Mate-Herb.”

-Green tea traditionally consumed hot out of a hollowed gourd with a filter straw called a bombilla.

-Most commonly consumed in central and southern regions of South America.

-First cultivated by the Guarani people and in some Tupi communities in Southern Brazil prior to European colonization.

-Mate plants start as a shrub and grow into a tree like plant, the leaves are an evergreen type meaning they do not completely loose their foliage at any time of the year.

-Northern Argentina, Paraguay, and Brazil are the main areas yerba mate it produced by the cultivators called yerbateros.

-The leaves contain caffeine and are dried and ground coarse before being brewed as a tea.

-Yerba mate can be found in many energy drinks on the market today and offers a more natural caffeine source similar to coffee.


-Consumption of Mate gives you a “lifted” effect that is a mind and body boost, different than that of coffee that can give you the “jittery” effect.


How to enjoy mate in the gourd:

Gather friends, traditionally everyone sits in a circle with one person being the brewer.

-pack gourd with dried yerba mate of choice (about half-3/4 full)

-Shake tea in gourd (dry) and allow to settle to the side to separate the fine and coarse particles.

-Lay filter straw called “bombilla” on top of green tea.

-The brewer saturates the leaves with some warm water to let the leaves bloom or open up.

-Hot water is then added second.

 * Adding Hot water first to raw leaves will burn them and give the mate a bitter flavor

-Gourd is then passed to first person to sip out of bombilla, once this person has a few sips they pass gourd back to brewer.

-Brewer will add more hot water and pass to next person (clockwise) and continue this until everyone has enjoyed the beverage.



-Try not to disturb the placement of the straw, it will ensure less leaves come through.

-Do not “camp” or hold on to the gourd too long, enjoy and return to brewer.

-Multiple gourds are acceptable or straws if you are concerned about sharing straws.

-Enjoy great conversation and each other’s company as you all get “lifted.”

Check out the Guayaki Yerba Mate store to purchase gourds and bombilla straws!

 Yerba Mate in it’s loose leaf form.

Yerba Mate in it’s loose leaf form.





Why not cool off with some popsicles that you can create at home!

I found that the regular popsicle molds may be cool and fashionable, but they can be messy and hard to eat. For my customers in a drive-thru, I figured a sticky coffee mess when you're driving wasn't a good idea. Have you ever tried to eat a taco while driving? Good way to get in a fender bender and get shredded lettuce in those impossible to clean crevices of your car. We don't need any coffee catastrophes on the road! To avoid this, we used the ZIPZICLE zipper lock popsicle bags.

Here are a few recipes for the popsicles we make at the cart. Get creative with yours! If you want something more ice cream textured, use equal parts milk or non-dairy milk to your other flavors...For a more fruit style popsicle, make sure to use a blender or food processor and plenty of fruit and juice or liquid with water in it to give it a good ice structure...

I've heard of people adding booze to them too, just remember it is really hard to freeze pure alcohol. If you want that booze kick try using a rose wine or something with lower alcohol content. DISCLAIMER: MAKE SURE TO LABEL YOUR BOOZY POPSICLES AND KEEP OUT OF REACH OF THOSE UNDER 21! 

Stay kool chill katz!

Yay summer!


Cold Brew - Oat milk-  popsicles:

1 part (about 8oz) cold brew coffee concentrate

You can make your own, or if you can't get concentrate, use just a little bit more of the bottled stuff if you want that caffeine kick.

1 part (about 8oz) Oat Milk or Heavy cream 

2oz of flavored syrup - I prefer kahlua flavor that we make at the cart, but vanilla, caramel , or irish cream all work too. Just make sure you are using a flavored syrup (like what is added to lattes) and not flavor extract (like what is used in baking).

Yerba Mate - Strawberry Lemonade - Popsicles

2 oz of strong brewed Yerba Mate Tea

1/2 cup of chopped strawberries. Or you can use the strawberry dessert topping if you want a little sweeter.

12 oz of lemonade

Add all ingredients into a blender and blend until strawberries are integrated into lemonade. Add more strawberries if needed to achieve cool pink color.



Mix all ingredients in a pitcher, jar, or some container easy to pour out of. Using a small kitchen funnel, pour the mix into the Zipzicle to the fill line. Once you have them all filled, freeze for about 4-5 hours or until solid.

Enjoy by the kiddie pool, or in your rockin AC!