Sunday, December 27, 2015

Tom And Jerry Party At DVFD Today, Dec. 27

Looking for something to do over the holidays?

Dorchester has several options.  One of them will be at the Dorchester Fire Hall.

Consider joining your friends at the Dorchester Fire Hall for Tom and Jerry's this Sunday, Dec. 27, when the members of the Dorchester Volunteer Fire Dept. will be hosting a Tom and Jerry party.

The event will kick off at 9 a.m. and continue until around 1 p.m. 

According to our in-depth and extensive research, the Tom and Jerry -- now known as a traditional Christmas time cocktail -- was devised by sports writer Pierce Egan in the 1820s. The eggnog-brandy-rum drink is a reference in Egan's book "Life in London." 

To publicize the book, Egan introduced a variation of eggnog by adding ½ fl. oz. of brandy, calling it a "Tom and Jerry."  

The additional fortification helped popularize the drink.

To try Tom and Jerry's at your home this holiday season, here is our recipe:


Boiling water
1 tbsp Tom And Jerry Batter*
1 oz Cognac
1 oz Dark rum
Whole milk, hot

Garnish: Nutmeg, clove and allspice

Glass: Coffee mug or Tom and Jerry cup


*Tom And Jerry Batter


12 Eggs, separated
1 tsp Cream of tartar
2 lb Sugar
2 oz Dark Jamaican-style rum
1 tsp Vanilla extract (optional)
In a nonreactive bowl, whip the egg whites with the cream of tartar until they form stiff peaks.  In a separate bowl, beat the yolks with the sugar, rum and vanilla (if using). When the mixture is completely liquid, fold it into the whites.


How to make the Tom And Jerry Cocktail

Rinse a small coffee mug (or, indeed, a white ceramic Tom & Jerry cup) with boiling water to warm it and discard the water. Add the batter, cognac and rum to the cup and fill with hot milk. Garnish with a mixture of 2 parts freshly grated nutmeg to 1 part each ground clove and ground allspice.


  1. Thank you for publishing the Tom and Jerry recipe. (A favorite of my late grandfather.) I see you will be holding your celebration on my birthday. I will be there in spirit. Cheers!

  2. Deep Thoughts by Jack HandeyDecember 21, 2007 at 9:05 AM

    One of my fondest memories around the holidays is when dad used to tell us he was going down to the Dorchester Fire Hall to have some Tom and Jerry's with the fellas. We wouldn't see dad until the next morning as he laid all sprawled out on the floor, white as a sheet, making frequent trips to the bathroom because he said he ate some bad sugar cookies. My brother and I thought it was so much fun that dad let us jump our Evel Knievel action figure stunt cycles over his head and he wouldn't even get mad or notice we were doing it! Those are the memories that I'll cherish forever. Thanks Tom and Jerry!

  3. Tom and Jerry! What a great cartoon that was. But why would a bunch of grown men spend a day watching cartoons?


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