Homemade Tom & Jerry Mix

December 19, 2011

in Appetizers & Misc., DIY & Crafts, Drinks, Recipes


Are you familiar with Tom & Jerrys, folks? The warming holiday cocktail made with eggs, sugar, two types of dairy, spices, and either brandy or rum (or creme de cocoa, if you are me)?

This ain’t like anything I grew up with in the old country, but it can sure be nice on a cold December night in Wisconsin, with or without alcohol.

Tom & Jerrys are made from a creamy batter that looks like this:


What you do is stir a couple of tablespoons into a mug-full of hot milk and add the desired amount of alcohol (it is also common to sprinkle some nutmeg on top). Some people have been known to use water, but I don’t find that satisfactory, because, let’s face it, a good doze of animal fat on a winter evening is the most important part of it all. You can also omit the alcohol, making it a fine drink for kids and pregnant ladies, which is how I’ve been having it this year.

Warning: The following recipe contains raw eggs. It’s your call whether you trust your egg source or not.

So here goes:


You start with eggs – these beautiful homegrown eggs are from my in-laws’ farm.


Talk about green eggs and ham.


These green ones came from a hatchery batch sold as “rainbow layers,” if you wanna look them up for your own homestead, urban or otherwise. The exact breed responsible for the green eggs may have been Araucana, but I am not 100% sure.


First, separate three eggs, dumping the whites into a bowl of a stand mixer and the yolks into a separate container to be used in the next step. See how orange the yolks are? That’s homegrown for ya. Not to tease you or anything.

Be sure not to get any yolk into the whites because any amount of fat (and yolks are fat) will prevent the whites from forming a foam. You also have to make sure that your bowl is not a bit greasy.


Just look at these – I always marvel at the color – and the flavor.


Next, beat the whites until soft peaks form, sprinkle in a little salt, and beat until stiff.


This stiff.


Now transfer the whites somewhere else and throw a stick of soft butter into the mixer bowl instead (do not wash the bowl). Whip the butter on high until light and fluffy.


Now add in the yolks…



3 1/2 C of powdered sugar,


A dash of vanilla,


And begin whipping everything together. At first the things will be looking sorta grainy (above)…


But will get creamy after a while. When you get to the above stage, you can beat in your spices (nutmeg, cloves, etc) if you feel so inclined.


Once the mixture is creamy, add in the whites, all at once…


And continue beating on high speed until you end up with a smooth, creamy batter.


Keep the batter in the fridge or, better yet, freezer – in which case it will still be good a year or two later. Ask me how I know.


Here’s the printable:


1 Alyssa December 19, 2011 at 3:59 pm

Thank you! I love Tom & Jerry’s and this is definitely on the list of new traditions to implement every year.

2 A of Little Alexander December 19, 2011 at 4:13 pm

Sounds great! We’ve had Tom & Jerry’s before, but always from a store bought mix (and therefore never at home). Your recipe is sure to change that…

3 bunkycooks December 19, 2011 at 7:39 pm

I am all about this delightful beverage with the alcohol. ;-) What a warm and fuzzy beverage for a winter’s evening! Happy Holidays!!

4 K @Venisonfordinner December 19, 2011 at 8:54 pm

Yuuuum! (I’m now going to pull a stick of butter out of my freezer)

5 Pushpa @ Taste as you Cook December 20, 2011 at 11:28 pm

Sounds and looks delicious.

6 Jess December 24, 2011 at 5:54 am

This might be the perfect end to this evening’s family gathering. Thanks!

7 OldRichieBoy January 30, 2012 at 8:06 pm

Great recipe, this brings back old memories.

8 Liz October 22, 2012 at 6:52 am

How do you store this? How long will it store?

9 Liz October 22, 2012 at 6:55 am

Nevermind :) I found your comment about freezing.

10 Keya November 26, 2013 at 12:21 pm

Thank You for this wonderful recipe! Sooo good. We can’t buy it where we live and tried to bring some back from MN but it got ruined. Now we don’t have to buy online for our party. This is sooooo much tastier :)

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