Tom and Jerry’s are a hot alcoholic beverage and require a batter as the base for this mysterious drink. The batter is put in a cup with a jigger of whichever kind of alcohol is preferred, then topped off with hot water. It’s definitely an alcoholic beverage designed to warm someone up!
I’m not sure who concocted it, or what the story is behind it, but as a child, this was a big deal each and every year as my parents would host holiday celebrations. My mother even had some vast Tupperware containers that were converted to giant vats for Tom & Jerry batter each year and swallowed space in our refrigerator. I wasn’t even sure that I LIKED them as a child, but we’d drink one or two every year along with the adults, although ours were minus the whiskey.
Tom & Jerry Batter
- 6-8 large eggs
- 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar (or more)
Separate eggs. Beat whites until stiff, set aside. Beat yolks until light colored, then beat in the powdered sugar until the egg yolks can’t take any more. Fold in egg whites until mixtures are completely blended. Refrigerate.
To serve Tom & Jerry’s: Place 2-3 tbsp. batter in cup or mug. Add a jigger of brandy, rum, Canadian whiskey, or bourbon, according to taste. Fill cup or mug with very hot but not boiling water. Sprinkle nutmeg on top.
A “Shirley Temple” version is identical, but without the alcohol.