"Tom and Jerry" 1820s Eggnog

No, not the cat and mouse! In fact, they were probably named after this very popular drink! This eggnog comes from a book from the 1820s, written by Pierce Egan. It was called Life of London: or Days and Nights of Jerry Hawthorne and His Elegant Friend Corinthina Tom. What a name, eh? He invented a special eggnog in the book, calling it of course "Tom and Jerry".

I couldn't find any recipe specifically attributed to this book, but this one appears to be its descendant.

3 eggs, separated
3 tbsp. powdered sugar
1/2 tsp ground allspice
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cloves
Dark Rum
Hot milk
Grated nutmeg

Beat egg whites to a stiff froth. Separately beat egg yolks until light in color, gradually add the powdered sugar and spices. Fold yolk mixture into whites. Divide mixture between four 8 oz. mugs. Add 1/2 shot brandy and 1 shot rum to each mug; fill with hot beverage. Stir well and top with nutmeg.

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