“As a kid, I always enjoyed Eggnog as a seasonal treat. But as an adult, I discovered that many of my friends didn’t enjoy the flavor or consistency of Eggnog. Luckily I discovered Flip cocktails. Essentially, a Flip is homemade Eggnog that utilizes a whole egg to give the drink its rich creaminess. The addition of allspice dram, maple syrup and freshly grated winter spices provide the perfect holiday flavor profile. As a whiskey lover, it satisfies my craving for an after-dinner drink and dessert at the same time.”
2 oz Widow Jane Bourbon
.5 oz bourbon barrel-aged maple syrup
1 whole egg
1 bar spoon Allspice Dram
1 oz half and half (optional)
Grated nutmeg and cinnamon, for garnish
Place all ingredients into a cocktail shaker and dry shake.
Add ice to the shaker and vigorously shake again.
Strain the cocktail over crushed ice. Garnish with grated cinnamon and nutmeg.
"The Tom & Jerry is one of those things that you just have to make once a year, and hopefully you have some people to share it with as it does take a bit to prepare the batter. Some will remember the ‘50s style ‘instant’ Tom & Jerrys that were just sugar and preservative and fake egg and spices. This version will warm you to the core after shoveling/skating/grilling outside.”
Tom & Jerry
18 egg yolks
12 egg whites
About 3 cups sugar (to taste, should be quite sweet)
2.5 tsp ground cinnamon
1.5 tsp ground allspice
.5 tsp ground clove
Half of a nutmeg, grated
Half of a vanilla bean, scraped
.75 oz orange liqueur
2 dashes Angostura bitters
Bourbon, rum or brandy
Whole milk, to top
Add the yolks to a bowl and beat the sugar into them. It should start to get grainy, but not be too paste-like. If you can't feel the sugar between your teeth, it’s not enough. If it looks like more sugar than egg and doesn't want to stir, it's too much. (I always end up adjusting to desired sweetness level. It will need to be very sweet as this will have to carry the sugar for the whole final drink.)
Add all of your spices, then slowly add the orange liqueur and the Angostura bitters. Separately whip the whites to stiff peaks, then fold them into the mix to make your batter. If you can leave this covered in your fridge, it will taste better the next day.
To make the drink, warm mugs by filling them with boiling water (then dump). Place whole milk on the stove and simmer gently so it doesn’t scald. Add 2 oz of batter and 2 oz of preferred spirit (I like mine with Buffalo Trace, but rum or brandy is also delicious) to your warmed mug.
Finish with the hot milk, adding bit by bit, always stirring (if not, you will get a mug of scrambled eggs). Garnish with some more freshly grated nutmeg.