FOOLIN' AROUND WITH TOM & JERRY
Does the roaring MGM lion, followed by the floating head of a cat and mouse ring a bell? The antics of a very gullible Tom, outmatched at every step by a witty Jerry’s nuisance made for one of the most well-loved cartoon shows of all time. As life would have it, there’s a cocktail named after the duo. Americans love their Tom & Jerry. It is a typical Thanksgiving and Christmas treat.
The Tom & Jerry’s origin is mired in controversy. Some say the British journalist Pierce Egan named a spiked eggnog after his novel The Day and Night Scenes of Jerry Hawthorn, Esq. and His Elegant Friend Corinthian Tom as a publicity gimmick. Others contest that the cocktail is the brainchild of a famous New York City bartender, Jerry Thomas. Variations of the recipe use rum or cognac. Here’s how to make this well-loved cocktail with whisky! Use cinnamon-flavoured whiskies for best results. You may try the Jim Beam Red Stag Spiced Cinnamon. If you like a hint of chocolate in your drink, give King’s County Chocolate Whisky a try.
- Eggs – 12
- Allspice – ½ teaspoon
- Ground cloves – ½ teaspoon
- Ground cinnamon – ½ teaspoon
- Whiskey – ½ glass
- OR GARNISH: Grated nutmeg
- Cinnamon stick
- Whipped cream
Take 12 large eggs.
Separate the white from the yolk.
Beat the whites till stiff peaks are formed.
Beat the yolks till they’re pale yellow in colour and runny.
Add the allspice, ground cloves, and ground cinnamon.
Whip and add in the whisky.
Add a scoop of the frothy, boozy mixture to a mug.
Gradually pour in some boiling hot water. This will give you a nice foamy consistency.
Grate some nutmeg on top.
Garnish with a cinnamon stick, and a dollop of whipped cream. Enjoy!
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