Tom and Jerry (mixed drink)

A Tom and Jerry is a traditional Christmas time cocktail in the United States. It was devised by sports writer Pierce Egan in the 1820s.

It is a variant of eggnog with brandy and rum added and served hot, usually in a mug or a bowl.

Another method uses egg whites, beaten stiff, with the yolks and sugar folded back in, and vanilla extract added. A few spoonfuls are added to a mug, then hot water and rum are added, and it is topped with nutmeg.


The name is related neither to the popular MGM cartoon nor to famous bartender "Professor" Jerry Thomas, the author of one of the first bartender's guides, "How to Mix Drinks" (1862).

Instead, it is a reference to a book by Pierce Egan, "Life in London, or The Day and Night Scenes of Jerry Hawthorn Esq. and his Elegant Friend Corinthian Tom" (1821), and the subsequent stage play "Tom and Jerry, or Life in London" (also 1821). To publicize the book and the play, Egan introduced a variation of eggnog by adding ½ fl oz of brandy, calling it a "Tom and Jerry". The additional fortification helped popularize the drink.cite web | last = Block | first = Stephen | title = The History of Egg Nog | work = Food History | publisher = The Kitchen Project | url = | accessdate = 2006-12-16 ]


ee also

* List of cocktails

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