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Tom & Jerry Cocktail

Unless you’re from the Midwest, chances are you’ve never heard of the Tom and Jerry. This cocktail is a Christmas staple that’s up on par with eggnog in the Midwest, but the rest of America hasn’t seemed to catch up to the fact that they’re downright frothy and delicious.

Boozy Warm Tom and Jerry Cocktail with Eggs and Nutmeg

In fact, the small amount of preparation that goes into the making of this cocktail seems to be a deterrent for many, but it’s actually fairly simple to make with household ingredients you probably already have.

The Tom & Jerry: Frothy and Delicious Christmas Staple

While you may look at this drink like the lesser-known twin of eggnog, the Tom and Jerry is a spiced cocktail strong enough to stand up on its own. Consisting of a “batter” mixed with hot milk, rum or brandy, and then a dash of nutmeg sprinkled on top, this drink is perfect for the warm and cozy feel of Christmas on any day of the year.

Most people hear the word batter and think of cookie dough, but the batter in this cocktail is not traditional. However, it’s relatively simple to make, as long as you’re willing to put five minutes of effort in for a sumptuous and frothy delight of a cocktail (most people are!).

History of the Tom and Jerry Cocktail

The history of this Midwest Christmastime delicacy is credited to British journalist Pierce Egan in the 1820s. However, for a long time, people thought that the famous Jerry Thomas, who is often called the father of modern mixology, was the creator of this drink.

It also didn’t help that he told people he was the creator and even included a similar egg-based recipe in his famous book entitled How to Mix Drinks. Ultimately, it was proven to be Pierce Egan who created this Christmastime drink.

How to Make a Tom & Jerry Cocktail

If you’re only making one mug, keep in mind this batter recipe will yield more than one serving. However, the extra batter can be easily refrigerated and saved for more of these excellent cocktails.

Boozy Warm Tom and Jerry Cocktail with Eggs and Nutmeg

Tom & Jerry

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

This cocktail evokes warm and cozy feelings and is best enjoyed while wearing a warm sweater in front of the fire on Christmas day.

However, no matter what time of year it is, this fun and frothy spiced cocktail will make it hard to say no to seconds and thirds!


  • 1 oz spiced rum or brandy
  • 1 oz cognac
  • 1 T batter
  • Hot whole milk, to top
  • Garnish with fresh-grated nutmeg, cloves, and allspice

Batter Ingredients

  • 3 eggs, separated into yolks and whites
  • 3 T powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground allspice
  • ½ tsp ground cloves
  • 3 cups hot whole milk
  • 4 oz brandy
  • Fresh-grated nutmeg


Batter Instructions:

  1. In a large bowl, beat the egg whites until you see stiff peaks forming
  2. Take a separate bowl and beat the egg yolks until they turn lighter
  3. Gradually beat in the sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, allspice, and cloves
  4. Take the yolk mixture and carefully fold it into the egg whites

Cocktail Instructions:

  1. Rinse a mug with boiling water to warm it up
  2. Take a tablespoon of batter and pour it into the warm mug
  3. Add the spiced rum or brandy and the cognac to the mug
  4. Top it off with heated-up whole milk
  5. Stir thoroughly and dust with a fresh-grated nutmeg garnish
  6. Serve immediately and relax into the Christmas spirit

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Another significant part of this recipe is that it’s easily scalable, so it’s still simple to make it for six people or 66 people. This cocktail, mainly because it’s not well-known, is sure to make a splash at any Christmas party.


Even the most bitter of bah humbugs will be forced to feel the Christmas spirit with a warm mug of Tom & Jerry. This cocktail never disappoints, so give it a go at your next get-together!

Tom & Jerry Cocktail
Please drink responsibly, be fully accountable with your alcohol consumption, and show others respect.

Written by Paul Kushner

I have always had a deep interest in the restaurant and bar industry. My restaurant experience began in 1997 at the age of 14 as a bus boy. By the time I turned 17 I was serving tables, and by 19 I was bartending/bar managing 6-7 nights a week.

In 2012, after a decade and a half of learning all facets of the industry, I opened my first restaurant/bar. In 2015, a second location followed, the latter being featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

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