This is my recipe for Tom and Jerrys.
If you're hosting a larger group you'll need to double or triple the recipe. You can even whip it all up in a great big pitcher, but I've found they turn out better this way, made one mug at a time.
You'll need an egg, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, and nutmeg or mace. Also rum, brandy, half-n-half, and sweetener.
Start a teapot of water.
Separate the egg.
To the yolk add the sweetener and cinnamon, cloves, and allspice. About one-eighth teaspoon total.
I mix up a small jar of spice in advance — it's easier that way.
Beat the egg white to a froth.
Beat the yolk and spices to a light and fluffy yellow.
Fold the yolk into the white. I just use the beater on low speed.
Divide the batter among three to five mugs.
To each mug add one ounce of rum and ½ ounce of brandy.
For the kids, substitute half-n-half. For the ladies — the works!
Add piping hot water while stirring briskly.
Leave the spoons in the mugs.
Dust with nutmeg or mace.
Now that smells like Christmas!