I do love Tom ‘n Jerry cartoons.
Do you remember when Jerry turned on all the faucets in the kitchen and then froze the floor with lines from the refrigerator? And then for a spot light he directed a light through different colors of Jello….?
Wait. That wasn’t what I wanted to talk about.
Actually, I want to share my recipe for Tom and Jerry Punch. What’s a Tom and Jerry, you ask? Well, read on. You are about to be introduced to both Tom and Jerry, and boy are you going to be happy about this new relationship.
Long before I ever enjoyed my first Tom and Jerry, I found (and purchased) a Tom and Jerry serving bowl and mugs. At the time, I was only interested in the fact that it was red and appeared to be from the 50s. (I bought a Kellogg’s cereal rack for the same reason).
In fact, I was so enthused (some call it obsessed) about my purchase, my loving family bought me a second set (thank you Ron and Pat)….
and then a third set (thank you Ralph and Trish). Yes…the same set.
Three Tom and Jerry sets. I needed to find out more about this drink.
I envisioned women in cinch-waist dresses with hostess aprons serving hot mugs of Tom and Jerry to men in plaid pants. Perry Como or Bing Crosby would be on the hi-fi singing their iconic Christmas songs.
Evidently this drink has been around since the early 1800’s, but it really became popular in the days of Cocktail Parties. Everyone had to have a Tom and Jerry set. (I suppose the Tom and Jerry bowls were the equivalent of the avocado fondue pots of the 1970s).
Every year at Christmas, I would drag out all of my Tom and Jerry bowls and fill them with pinecones or ornaments or clove studded oranges. I would sometimes serve egg nog from the bowls, but it just didn’t feel right. I needed to serve Tom and Jerry batter from these bowls. I began my quest for the best Tom and Jerry batter I could find.
And so, dear friends, I will now share with you the recipe we have enjoyed these last few years.
First, I must insist. If you are not 21 years of age, you may NOT consume this drink.
My drink, my rules.
Because I am on a roll, I need to tell you that this recipe contains raw eggs. Pregnant women, young children and the elderly should not consume raw eggs.
One more thing. This recipe only has three ingredients. (Except for the alcohol. We’ll get to that in a minute). Pretty much everyone has eggs and confectioners’ sugar, so you need to step it up and buy whole nutmeg so you can freshly grate the nutmeg for this drink.
Really. I insist.
Tom and Jerry
Tom and Jerry Punch
- 6 Large Eggs. Room temperature.
- 3 Cups Confectioners' Sugar
- 1/3 Cup Brandy or Cognac
- 1/3 Cup Rum
- Freshly grated nutmeg
- Separate the eggs. Put the egg whites in a grease free large bowl and the egg yolks in another large bowl.
- Using a hand-held mixer, beat the egg yokes and confectioners' sugar at high speed for about 2 minutes. They should be very thick and light colored.
- Beat the egg whites in the other bowl at high speed until soft peaks form.
- Using a spoon or spatula, scoop about 1/3 of the egg whites and place on yolk mixture.
- Lightly fold in the egg white mixture until blended.
- Pour this mixture into your Tom and Jerry bowl. (If you don't have a Tom and Jerry bowl, use a soup tureen or any other decorative bowl).
- Gently fold in the remaining egg whites.
- (Allow some of the whites to stay fluffy).
- Little clouds of goodness....
To serve as a punch:
- Gently stir 1/3 cup of brandy and 1/3 cup of rum into the batter.
- Sprinkle freshly grated nutmeg over the top.
For each serving:
- Place a HEAPING spoonful of egg batter into a warm mug.
- You'll notice I used a ladle....I love this stuff.
- Stir in boiling hot water to just below the rim of the mug. (Some people prefer hot milk, it's a little rich for my blood, but feel free to use the milk if you wish).
- Stir gently.
- Sprinkle nutmeg over the top and serve hot.
- Oh my. I think I'm melting....
- If you wish, you can make the batter (without the brandy and rum) ahead of time. It can be kept in the refrigerator for a week or it can be frozen. Just be sure it is room temperature before you stir it into your mug, or your drink will be tepid. To make individual drinks, just stir in the batter, add about 1/3 Tbsp. each of the brandy and rum, add boiling water to the rim, stir and grate fresh nutmeg on top.
Oh, by the way. In the interest of full disclosure, I must tell you that our local bakery sells their own brand of Tom and Jerry batter mix. I must also tell you that we buy and use this mix. It’s good. It’s not as good as this recipe, but it’s good. There. Now I feel better.