13 Astonishing Facts About Tom And Jerry Cocktail

13 Astonishing Facts About Tom And Jerry Cocktail

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The Tom and Jerry is a warm, sweet cocktail traditionally served during the holiday season1. This classic drink dates back over a century and has an intriguing history and preparation method.

Here are 13 astonishing facts about the Tom & Jerry cocktail:

History & Origins

  • The Tom and Jerry was invented in the 1820s by Pierce Egan, a British journalist and sports writer. He created the cocktail to promote his book Life in London: Or, the Day and Night Scenes of Jerry Hawthorn, Esq., and his Elegant Friend, Corinthian Tom.
  • The book featured the adventures of Tom and Jerry who spent their time drinking hot rum punches. This inspired Egan to create a hot cocktail to promote his book.
  • The Tom and Jerry soon became popular in the United States, especially around Christmas and New Year’s Eve. By the 1860s it was a holiday staple across the country.


  • Traditional Tom and Jerry batter contains:
    • Eggs
    • Sugar
    • Vanilla extract
    • Spices like cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg
  • The batter is mixed with boiling water or milk and rum, brandy, or whisky.
  • Some recipes call for the addition of heavy cream or milk to the finished cocktail2.


  • Tom and Jerry’s are made by layering the booze and batter:
    1. Hot water or milk is added to a mug
    2. Batter is spooned onto the hot liquid
    3. Brandy or rum is poured gently over the back of a spoon to float on top
  • The drink is then topped with freshly grated nutmeg.
  • Tom and Jerry mugs or Irish coffee glasses are traditionally used to prevent curdling and keep the drink hot.


  • The Tom and Jerry is meant to be consumed hot. The first sips taste sweet and creamy from the batter.
  • As you drink, the flavors evolve into strong boozy notes from the rum or brandy.
  • The multilayered texture- from creamy to alcoholic- is part of its unique appeal.
  • Tom and Jerry punch bowls are sometimes served at holiday parties. The batter and liquor are pre-mixed and ladled into mugs.


  • In the 1940s, ready-made Tom and Jerry batter was sold in stores for home consumption.
  • By the 1950s, non-alcoholic mixes were also popular as the cocktail fell out of fashion.
  • Today the Tom and Jerry has a cult following but is not mainstream. Only a few bars in America still serve it.
  • In Madison, Wisconsin over 20,000 Tom and Jerry’s are consumed each holiday season! It’s a staple at the city’s Christmas celebrations.

Recreating the Tom and Jerry experience at home can be an exciting holiday tradition. Sipping this sweet, creamy, and boozy cocktail is the perfect way to celebrate the season.

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_and_Jerry_(drink) []
  2. https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/180917/tom-and-jerry-batter/ []

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