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!
Mix your own Tom & Jerry…
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 ½ a teaspoon of allspice, ½ a teaspoon of ground cloves and ½ a teaspoon of ground cinnamon. Whip and add ½ a glass of 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. Once that’s done, it’s time to move on the next step.
Add a scoop of the frothy, boozy mixture to a mug. Gradually pour in some boiling hot water. This shall give you a nice foamy consistency. Now, grate some nutmeg on top. Garnish with a cinnamon stick, and a dollop of whipped cream. Enjoy!
Whiskies distilled in the Islands lend a distinct character of the sea to a dram. A sip of an Island whisky will leave you with the scent of the salty mist of waves crashing onto rugged cliffs. Of the seven hundred or so islands dotting the cold seas around the Scottish mainland, only a handful of them are owned by distilleries.
The highball is probably one of the most common whisky drinks consumed around the world with the most famous variant being ye olde Scotch and Soda. However, the whisky highball can come in many shades but the most distinguishable feature of this mix is the tall glass of ice! The origin story of this familiar drink, however, has been lost in the meanders of time.