This Tom and Jerry cocktail recipe is the perfect boozy treat to keep you happy all holiday season long! You start with a delicious batter mixed with hot water or milk and just a splash (or two!) of spiced rum. This vintage cocktail is about to make a big comeback!
How can it almost be Christmas? I swear, every. single. year. I’m shocked at how it’s the end of the year and it’s about to start all over again.
Remember when you were in school and the first week back was always so hard because you would write the date wrong at the top of the paper? Not sure why that popped into my head but I felt like it needed to be said.
It was just so annoying. I know you agree.
Luckily for me, I can celebrate the holidays AND the New Year by making this CRAZY GOOD Tom and Jerry cocktail recipe.
Straight up LEGIT!
Look at how luscious that batter looks?
Yes, you need to make a batter for this cocktail. I know, so freaking retro.
Well, I don’t actually know if it’s retro to make a batter but this cocktail is retro. In fact, this recipe was passed down to my dad from the owner of a local bar that is no longer open.
In the ’50s and ’60s, my dad’s parents would go to the bar, have a few Tom and Jerrys to warm them up, and very likely have a gay old time.
While I would say this cocktail is slightly more labor intensive than your everyday drop a shot into eggnog it’s 100% worth it.
All you have to do is drop some batter into a mug (authentic Tom and Jerry mugs make it even more festive!) and add some hot water! Well, I should note that you need to stir constantly while you’re adding the hot water or the eggs in the batter will curdle.
That is not so fun. But, if you stir you’ll be good!
And, after you stir in all your water you’ll be rewarded with a creamy and dreamy drink that is perfect with a heavy-handed sprinkle of nutmeg on top. The taste is somewhat like eggnog but with even more spices – cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and allspice.
So much goodness!
If you’re looking for an even creamier drink you can make it with hot milk instead. I like that version too but you can’t drink too many of those because it’s super dairy heavy.
Oh crap, I forgot to mention the most important part! SPICED RUM!
Before you add the water add in a shot of spiced rum. Or two shots. I’m not going to judge you.
It’s the holidays. Drink up.
I guess I should mention the elephant in the room. This drink contains raw eggs.
Yes, raw eggs. It’s sorta like eggnog but different. I like to think of it as the midwest cousin of eggnog.
If you’re afraid of the whole raw egg thing you can buy pasteurized in the shell eggs. I don’t bother because I also eat raw cake/cookie/muffin/brownie batter so it’s really no different.
Traditionally you make a big batch of the Tom and Jerry cocktail recipe batter and folks can make as many cocktails as they want. It’s great too because you can make it non-alcoholic for the kids and add a shot or two for the adults.
It’s also good with bourbon or cognac but spiced rum is my favorite.
Love this Tom and Jerry Cocktail Recipe?
Try a few of my other holiday cocktails!
- Eggnog Martini
- Aged Eggnog
- Three Wise Men Shot
- Persimmon Old Fashioned Cocktail
- Cranberry Gin Fizz
- Gingerbread Martini
- 6 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon allspice
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 1 pound powdered sugar
- Spiced rum
- Boiling water
- Separate egg whites and yolks and put each in a different medium-sized mixing bowl.
- Set the bowl with the egg whites to the side.
- In the bowl of the egg yolks add vanilla bean paste, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, and nutmeg.
- Mix to combine, set aside.
- In the bowl with the egg whites add the cream of tartar.
- Using a handheld mixer, whip the egg whites until stiff peaks form, set aside.
- Going back to the egg yolk mixture, add half the powdered sugar, and using the handheld mixer, beat together until combined.
- Add in the rest of the powdered sugar and try your best to combine the mixture. It will be very thick. This is normal.
- To the egg yolk mixture add half the egg whites and using the handheld mixer combine until smooth.
- Fold in the remaining half of the egg white mixture.
- At this point, the batter should be luscious and thick.
- To make a cocktail add 2-4 tablespoons into a mug and add a shot of spiced rum.
- Very slowly pour in hot water while using a spoon to stir the mixture and the hot water together. If you skip this step you will curdle the mixture as it contains raw eggs. If made correctly the cocktail will have a nice foamy head and be completely smooth.
- For a creamier cocktail use warm milk instead of water.
- Use 2 tablespoons for smaller traditional mugs and 4 tablespoons for larger mugs.
- This recipe can be cut in half or doubled perfectly.
- This makes 48 (2 tablespoon) servings or 24 (4 tablespoon) servings.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 48 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 49Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 9mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 0gSugar: 9gProtein: 1g
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