There’s no question that the Tom & Jerry is a classic winter cocktail that means that every young explorer of the drink world should try it at least once. In the 1820s, this drink became popular as a holiday drink, as it’s sweet, frothy, and warm, flavored with dark rum and cognac. To make Tom & Jerry, you have to dig deep, but it is worth the effort. The drink is often compared to eggnog, but it is a completely different drink. Even though it is an old-fashioned drink, it is still a popular selection around the holidays, particularly in the Midwest. Besides the warm serving and the drink built inside the serving mug, the main difference between the two is that Tom & Jerry is served warm. In addition, it does not contain any alcohol by nature. Tom & Jerry, on the other hand, is a great alternative to eggnog, and many drinkers prefer it since it has a less eggy taste and is more like a warm milk punch. As with making an alcoholic hot buttered rum, making Tom & Jerry may be similar to putting together a wine cocktail. In order to prepare this dessert, a spiced batter must be mixed, and then placed in a sealed container to be chilled or frozen until you’re ready to have it. You can make 25 drinks with the batter. Then all you need to do is pour warm milk over your batter and liquor. For the holidays, it’s the best way to have tasty hot cocktails ready.
Why Is It Called a Tom & Jerry?
An interesting aspect of tracing the origins of cocktails is that there are often many versions of the tale. There is no reference to the classic cartoon characters in this one, contrary to what you might think. “Or the Day and Night Scenes of Jerry Hawthorne, Esq., and His Elegant Friend Corinthian Tom.” A play was staged shortly after its publication in 1821, and it’s believed that Egan named the drink in conjunction with its launch. He makes no mention of Egan in “Imbibe!” (2nd edition, 2015), a cocktail history book written by David Wondrich. Wondrich recounts Professor Jerry Thomas’s story that he described the brewery as named after two mice. He also says the story was a barman’s fairy story because Thomas was born in 1830 and was likely in the 1840s when he began bartending. According to the Salem Gazette of August 3, 1827, Tom and Jerry were mentioned as a prescription drink in a court case about a boy acquitted of stealing, who appears to have been drunken while doing it.