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!
The Penicillin cocktail might not have proven healing properties but a shot on a cold autumn night will surely do a good job flushing out the chill from your bones. The drink was originally conceived by a New York bartender going by the name of Sam Ross.
There is always space for tea – even in a cocktail.
Whisky Mac, formerly known as Whisky MacDonald, has its roots in British India where Colonel Hector MacDonald concocted this beverage. In 1899, the colonel proposed a demarcation between China and British India with a border. There was unrest after this demarcation which was followed by a breakout of cholera. Owing to medicinal properties of ginger, ginger wine gained wide popularity.