Tom & Jerry Batter

While living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin our good friend, Charlie, got me hooked on a fantastic Christmas cocktail, Tom & Jerry. It’s a very midwestern drink with the batter only available November through February. Early November I start staking the liquor and grocery stores for the pre-made batter. I can plow through a pre-made pint quickly and soon discovered how easy it is to make at home. The batter turns out the best when made when the temps are below zero to quick freezing of the batter.


Proper Tom & Jerry with Brandy

Batter Ingredients

  • 6 eggs separated
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar


  • Beat egg whites until stiff.
  • Slowly add in sugar.
  • Clean the beaters.
  • Beat yolks until pale yellow for about 10-15 minutes.
  • Add baking soda to egg whites.
  • Fold in yolks.
  • Cool on garage floor. The older outside the better.


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