It wouldn't be Christmas without a warm Tom and Jerry drink. I was surprised to find out that not everyone knows about this beverage treat. One sip and I'm sure you'll be hooked. It's like a warm version of eggnog—only better. —James Schend, Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin
In a large bowl, beat egg yolks until thin and loose, about 1 minute. Gradually beat in sugar, brandy, vanilla, pie spice and bitters; beat until thick and frothy, 3-5 minutes.
In another large bowl, with clean beaters, beat egg whites (and, if desired, cream of tartar) on high speed just until stiff but not dry. Fold a fourth of the whites into yolk mixture until no white streaks remain. Fold in remaining whites until combined. Refrigerate mixture, covered, until serving.
For each serving, place 3/4 cup mixture in a large mug. Add boiling water, brandy and rum; stir until blended. If desired, top with freshly grated nutmeg.
Tom and Jerry Drink Tips
Can you make this Tom and Jerry drink ahead of time?
You can make the egg mixture a few hours ahead of time, just make sure to refrigerate it until you're ready to serve since it uses raw eggs. You'll also want to make sure your eggs are separated before you start preparing this recipe. Here are three different ways you can separate eggs if you need a refresher.
What are some variations of this Tom and Jerry drink?
Try making this Tom and Jerry drink with Cognac, which is the traditional brandy to serve with this Christmas cocktail. You could also add different spices and garnishes to your Tom and Jerry, like nutmeg, cinnamon or star anise. If you want to try something a little different, try making your own homemade eggnog. The main difference between eggnog and the Tom and Jerry is that eggnog is usually served cold whereas this Tom and Jerry drink is served warm.