Tom and Jerry Batter


The Tom and Jerry drink is a holiday favorite in my family. The batter makes an excellent topping for both alcoholic cocktails as well as hot cocoa, eggnog, or warm milk for the kids. The batter can be frozen or kept in the refrigerator for several weeks.

a high angle view of two clear mugs of hot cocoa topped with Tom and Jerry batter and sprinkled with nutmeg
Prep Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
12 cups

Need a cup of holiday cheer? We've got you covered with this Tom and Jerry batter recipe!

a high angle view of two clear mugs of hot cocoa topped with Tom and Jerry batter and sprinkled with nutmeg

What Is a Tom and Jerry Cocktail?

The Tom and Jerry is a classic holiday drink. The incredibly decadent cocktail is made with eggs, butter, spices, milk, and a hefty dose of sugar.

The original recipe was a publicity stunt: Writer Pierce Egan debuted a spiked eggnog recipe in the early 1800s to promote the stage adaptation of his book, Tom and Jerry, or Life in London.

Tom and Jerry Ingredients

These are the ingredients you'll need to make crowd-pleasing Tom and Jerry batter:

· Eggs: You'll need a whopping 12 eggs for this decadent recipe.
· Salt: A pinch of salt enhances the overall flavor.
· Butter: This big-batch Tom and Jerry mix recipe calls for a pound of butter.
· Confectioners' sugar: Opt for confectioners' sugar (instead of regular granulated sugar) for the smoothest results.
· Vanilla: Vanilla extract adds complexity, enhancing the overall flavor.
· Spices: This cozy Tom and Jerry mix is spiced with nutmeg, cloves, and allspice.

How to Make Tom and Jerry Batter

You'll find the full, step-by-step recipe below — but here's a brief overview of what you can expect when you make this Tom and Jerry mix:

1. Beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form.
2. Beat the egg yolks in a separate bowl.
3. Beat the butter and sugar in a third bowl. Add egg yolks and vanilla.
4. Stir in the egg whites and spices until well-blended.

How to Store Tom and Jerry Batter

Store the Tom and Jerry batter in an airtight container in the refrigerator for about a week. If you go ahead and mix in alcohol (such as rum or brandy), it will keep for a bit longer.

You can freeze the Tom and Jerry mix for up to two months.

How to Make a Tom and Jerry Cocktail

Fill a mug with hot water and spiced rum or brandy (to taste), warm milk, hot cocoa, or eggnog. Top with one heaping tablespoon of Tom and Jerry batter and stir.

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"Great recipe and a seasonal favorite at our house," raves Kteacher. "We use white rum, brandy, and a splash of creme de cacao or coffee liqueur. For a kid friendly non-alcoholic version, use chocolate, caramel, or mocha coffee flavoring instead of liquor."

"It is Christmas Eve in Wisconsin and I am drinking the single best Tom and Jerry of my life, thanks to this recipe," says cowgirll. "Change nothing, this recipe is just right."

"We loved this and made it often throughout the holidays," according to Daniellie. "We made the batter just as the recipe stated, then made drinks with one shot of both whiskey and spiced rum. Yummy! Definitely a new staple in our house!"

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams


  • 12 large eggs, separated, divided

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 pound butter, room temperature

  • 3 pounds confectioners' sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves

  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice


  1. Beat egg whites and salt in a large glass or metal mixing bowl until stiff peaks form. Lift your beater or whisk straight up: the egg whites should form a sharp peak that holds its shape.

  2. Beat egg yolks in a separate large bowl.

  3. Beat butter and confectioners' sugar in a third large bowl until light and fluffy; beat in egg yolks and vanilla. Stir in nutmeg, cloves, allspice, and beaten egg whites until well blended.


Editor's note: This recipe contains raw egg. We recommend that pregnant women, young children, the elderly, and the infirm do not consume raw egg. Learn more about egg safety from our article, How to Make Your Eggs Safe.

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