I really fell down on the job! Around yule-tide, i meant to include the perfect cold-weather drink in my recipe collection, and i kept forgetting about it! Could have been because my immersion blender was misbehaving, and that little tool is a wonderful aid in producing it; not letting others have a treat because it wouldn't be easy for me would be a little passive-aggressive, though....
Much of the English-speaking world has probably seen the cartoon Tom & Jerry, and that's the only T&J they're familiar with, but some years ago i came across the trail of what i suspect is The Original. And all because i'm so fond of a good murder that one of my annual must-reads is "Murder for Christmas." :-D The collection includes a little gem by Damon Runyan called "Dancing Dan's Christmas" -- you can read it online here -- in which the tough guys are sitting around on Christmas eve getting mellow on Hot Tom & Jerry. Well, OF COURSE i had to find the recipe and try it out!
And it turns out to be a Low-Carb Lush's dream! Here's the modified version i love so much:
HOT TOM & JERRY
In a nice big mug, beat well with your immersion blender:
one whole egg
Add and beat together:
1/8 teaspoon each (ground) allspice, cinnamon and cloves
about a packet of sucralose or stevia
1/2 jigger brandy
1 jigger dark rum
Stir in boiling water (or very hot coffee) to fill the mug, and taste for sweetness. Grate a little nutmeg over the top. YUMMMM.