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Amer A. Vargas Mixology Newsletter

The Modern Butlers’ Journal, December 2020, Let’s Talk about Mixology

Amer A. VargasLet’s Talk about Mixology, Part 61

by Amer A. Vargas

TOM & JERRY

Tom & Jerry as pictured in Profileplan’s Pinterest

With Christmas just around the corner, it is time for a Christmassy brew again!

Perhaps you remember that this time last year, we tried out a variation of the traditional Eggnog punch, the White Chocolate Eggnog Punch. This year, we will be having seconds! However this time, we have a proper name for it: the Tom & Jerry. And this delectable hot cocktail celebrates its Second Century Anniversary!

The name probably rings a bell. The famous cat and mouse TV characters got their name from a book by Pierce Egan named Life in London, or The Day and Night Scenes of Jerry Hawthorn Esq. and his Elegant Friend Corinthian Tom and the subsequent theater play Tom and Jerry, or Life in London. Both works narrate the riotous adventures of Tom and Jerry in the English capital city, and many years later the cat and the mouse started their own riotous cartoon relationship based on this story.

Egan Pierce himself invented this variation of the regular Eggnog Punch by adding brandy to the recipe, and started calling it Tom & Jerry to advertise both his book and the stage play. The additional fortification helped popularize the drink in London and subsequently quickly crossed the Atlantic during the days of the US Prohibition, because the mix looked more like what we would now call a smoothie than a cocktail. The added alcohol also increased the heating qualities of an already hot brew.

Nowadays, the Tom & Jerry includes not only brandy, as did the original, but also rum.

This is the list of ingredients you need to make 12 to 15 servings of the «batter» needed for the hot cocktail (as this brew is normally best enjoyed in the good company of family and friends):

  • 6 eggs
  • ½ teaspoon cream of tartar (or ¼ teaspoon salt)
  • ¼ cup butter (softened)
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 oz. / 30 ml. dark rum

Then, for each serving, you will need:

  • 1 tablespoon batter
  • 1 oz. / 30 ml. dark rum
  • 1 oz. / 30 ml. brandy
  • 4 oz. / 120 ml. hot milk, hot water or a mix
  • Garnish: grated nutmeg and/or cinnamon powder/stick.

Start by preparing the batter. First, separate the egg whites from the egg yolks and place them in separate bowls. Add the cream of tartar or salt to the egg whites and whip until you get stiff peaks.

Then add the softened butter and sugar to the egg yolks and whip until the mix is completely homogeneous. Next, incorporate the egg white mix into the egg yolk 1/3 at a time, folding gently so as to not to break the air bubbles in the egg white froth. When all ingredients are perfectly mixed, stir in the cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, vanilla extract and the rum.

If you prepare the batter well ahead of its consumption, store it in the refrigerator.

And now, it’s time to put the brew together. Since this cocktail is to be enjoyed hot, preheating the mugs before serving will ensure a longer-lasting experience.

Add 1 heaping tablespoon of batter, then 1 oz. / 30 ml. each of dark rum and brandy to the mug. Fill the mug with hot milk (or hot water or a combination of the two), stirring gently so as to mix the batter with the rest of ingredients. Top up with a dollop of batter and garnish with grated nutmeg, a cinnamon stick and/or cinnamon powder.

We, at the International Institute of Modern Butlers, wish you a Happy Holiday Season and a smooth entry into 2021.

To a great New Year, cheers!

Mr. Vargas is the Institute’s President—feel free to contact him via email, AmerVargas @ modernbutlers.com

The Institute is dedicated to raising service standards by broadly disseminating the mindset and superior service expertise of that time-honored, quintessential service provider, the British Butler, updated with modern people skills, and adapted to the needs of modern employers and guests in staffed homes, luxury hotels, resorts, spas, retirement communities, jets, yachts & cruise ships around the world.

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Amer A. Vargas Mixology Newsletter

The Modern Butlers’ Journal, November 2020, Let’s Talk about Mixology

Amer A. VargasLet’s Talk about Mixology, Part 61

by Amer A. Vargas

BIRTHDAY CAKE MARTINI

Birthday Cake Martini by Shari’s Berries from www.berries.com

Greetings, dear readers!

At the International Institute of Modern Butlers we are celebrating our 17th anniversary, and this is a wonderful occasion to see how much fun we can have with our cocktail shaker.

And because the occasion deserves it, we are preparing a delicious Birthday Cake Martini to toast to the 17 wonderful years of achievements and an even brighter future.

The Birthday Cake Martini is actually really simple to prepare. These are the ingredients you will need:

For the glass rim:

  • 2 tablespoons of honey or simple syrup
  • Color sprinkles

For the concoction:

  • 2 oz./ 60 ml. of vodka
  • 3 oz./ 90 ml. of coconut cream
  • 1 oz./ 30 ml. of white chocolate liqueur
  • 1 oz./ 30 ml. of Amaretto
  • Ice

Start by rimming the classic Martini glass with the color sprinkles. To achieve this look, place the honey and the sprinkles in two separate shallow dishes. Dip the glass in the honey first, then into the sprinkles until the rim is evenly coated.

Next, put some ice cubes in the shaker and add all the ingredients, shaking vigorously for a few seconds so as to mix all the ingredients and achieve a frothy texture that will remain in the top layer of the cocktail.

Pour the mix into the prepared glass and feel free to finish by sprinkling some extra chocolate powder or sprinkles on the mix.

That is for the adult version but, of course, but this cocktail can also be made into a mocktail, so that you can toast with children. These are its ingredients:

  • 1½ oz./ 45 ml. of vanilla almond milk
  • 1 oz./ 30 ml. of white chocolate milk
  • 2 oz./ 60 ml of half and half or regular milk
  • 1 teaspoon of dry white cake mix
  • Ice

And as before, you would start by rimming the glass and then mixing all the ingredients in the shaker, then pouring it into the decorated glass.

As a suggestion, particularly if both versions are going to be served during a party, use different glasses for cocktails and mocktails (I suggest a hurricane glass for the mocktails, as it is very eye catching, especially for kids), to make sure young ‘uns won’t accidentally end up trying the adults’ brew.

Happy 17 and cheers!

Mr. Vargas is the Institute’s President—feel free to contact him via email, AmerVargas @ modernbutlers.com

The Institute is dedicated to raising service standards by broadly disseminating the mindset and superior service expertise of that time-honored, quintessential service provider, the British Butler, updated with modern people skills, and adapted to the needs of modern employers and guests in staffed homes, luxury hotels, resorts, spas, retirement communities, jets, yachts & cruise ships around the world.