Get Into The Holiday Spirit, Madison!

December 3rd, 2012

Admittedly, Madison does not look very Christmasy today. The fog and 60º weather aren't helping. But it is December, so we're pushing ahead with holiday cheer. It's not that difficult of a task when the focus today is a fine Wisconsin tradition: Tom & Jerry's.

For those of you new to Wisconsin (because it does seem to be a Wisconsin thing), Tom & Jerry's are like eggnog, but warm and creamy and spiked with brandy and sometimes rum, too. The origins of T&J’s are debatable but the most widely accepted version involves a media savvy writer named Pierce Egan who purportedly created the drink in the 1820‘s to generate buzz about his book “Life In London, or The Day and Night Scenes of Jerry Hawthorn Esq. and his Elegant Friend Corinthian Tom.” With a title like that it's no wonder he needed to spike interest, so to speak.

There are several recipes easily found online, but tis one is closest to my family's recipe which my father still won't share. . .makes me wonder what he's hiding! So gather your dear friends and family and raise a glass of holiday cheer! If you splurge and buy the special bowl and cups, all the better.



(24 Servings): 
  • 12 Eggs 
  • 1-1/4 Cups Powdered Sugar
  • 20 oz. Brandy (feel free to mix in a little rum, too)
  • 24 cups of milk 
  • Nutmeg




  1. Separate the eggs. Beat the egg whites until frothy. Whisk in 3/4 cup of the sugar and beat until stiff peaks form.
  2. Beat the egg yolks with the remaining sugar and 5 Tbs of brandy until light and lemon colored. Fold the whites into the yolks and refrigerate. 
  3. Heat the milk until hot but do not boil. Reduce heat and keep milk warm.
  4. Add 2 Tbs (more or less) of brandy and 1 heaping Tbs of the mix to a mug. Stir and fill with hot milk. Top with another Tbs of the mix. Sprinkle with nutmeg.



By the way, the new face on the far right is Katie Worledge. She's the newest buyer's agent to join the Sprinkman Team and we already love her. The huge jar of peanut M&Ms on her desk doesn't hurt!