Tom and Jerry

Most people know that Tom and Jerry are two characters from a children’s cartoon – Tom the cat and Jerry the mouse have been trying to outwit each other since 1940, when they were created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. There were 114 short films produced by MGM between 1940 and 1958, and many more episodes created over the next  ten or so years, before there were a number of spin-offs. It’s slap-stick humour and although I enjoyed watching the adventures of the two characters trying to gain the upper hand when I was young, I grew out of finding it funny or amusing…

The names of the characters were originally Jasper and Jinx; it seems that coincidentally, the names ‘Tom and Jerry’ come from the name given to misbehaving youths in  London in the 1800’s – much as we might call someone a ‘Herbert’ (or I might, maybe that’s gone out of popular use too!) This in turn comes from something written by Pierce Egan, 1772–1849 – Days and Nights of Jerry Hawthorne and his elegant friend Corinthian Tom.

Why am I thinking about a child’s cartoon from nearly eighty years ago? Only because in looking through my tiny cocktail book, ‘Professional Mixing Guide’, I’ve come across a cocktail called Tom and Jerry!

Tom and Jerry

  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp fine granulated sugar
  • ¾ oz Siegert’s Bouquet Rum (Gold Label)
  • ¾ oz rye whisky (or brandy as desired)
  • hot milk or water sufficient
  1. beast yolk and white separately
  2. after each has been well beaten, mix them together in an 8 oz goblet or china mug
  3. then add the liquor and fill the glass with piping hot milk or water
  4. grate nutmeg on top and serve

So if you want a nice warm toddy, you know how to make a Tom and Jerry!

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