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:
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!!
6 eggs – separated YOU CAN USE PASTEURIZED IF YOU WANT
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
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