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December 09, 2009
With a sudden chill in the air, lots of snow on the ground and some of our members talking hot chocolate (yes I do read the comments) and toddies, I thought I would throw a bouquet to the once classic winter warmer.
The Tom and Jerry.
A frothy concoction of brandy, rum, beaten eggs, hot milk, sugar, and spices.
It's making a comeback of sorts.
And I’d like to think I’m doing my part.
Other hot drinks, like toddies, are essentially made with boiling water, sugar and spices with whiskey or sherry.
After molasses was imported to Colonial America from Jamaica, colonists started adding distilled rum to hot beverages.
George Washington liked a bit of Eggnog, spiked with a fearsome combination of rum, whiskey and sherry.
The origins of the Tom and Jerry are a bit hazy, certainly to anyone drinking it, but we know the name has nothing to do with the MGM cartoon or famous bartender "Professor" Jerry Thomas, who wrote the first bartender's guide.
Thomas, though, did serve up quite a few of them.
Instead, the name probably derives from Pierce Egan's 1821 book, “Life in London, or The Day and Night Scenes of Jerry Hawthorn Esq. and his Elegant Friend Corinthian Tom.”
Egan was a bon vivant, boxing and horse racing writer, and thoroughly engaging Londoner, who named a version of Eggnog, the "Tom and Jerry," for his two friends.
He later produced Frances Grose’s Classical “Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue,” but that’s another story.
Since where to put your tongue, so to speak, on a Tom and Jerry, is the story today.
If you’re in New York City there’s a homey bar called Tom and Jerry and you'll immediately discern the owner's homage to the classic drink with a display of china bowls and cups inscribed "Tom & Jerry," which once were wintertime fixtures all over America.
If your neighborhood establishment isn’t serving them, I’d walk in with a recipe from “The Bartender's Guide.”
And quote Damon Runyon, who claimed that without Tom and Jerry the holiday spirit is never quite the same.
When that doesn't work you can always use this classic recipe at home. Since the salmonella police are ever vigilant, you might coddle the eggs for a minute.
(Odds are 1 in 10,000 that a raw egg will infect you.)
Ah, the comforting libations of winter, like, the Nutty Irishmen, Cranberry Hot Toddies, Café Brulot, Hot Spiced Wine, the new cutting edge Red Hot Ale and, of course, Eggnog's incomparable warm cousin.
The Tom and Jerry may not be the staple it once was, but for me, it still packs a punch.
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Favorite hot winter libation?