'Tom and Jerry' on Serious Eats

Time for a Drink: Tom & Jerry

As Yuletide traditions go, they don't come much more classic than the Tom & Jerry. Bowls of this rich, boozy warmer were a staple at countless 19th century saloons after the season's first sign of snow. As a Christmas tradition, the ritual of breaking out the Tom & Jerry mugs lasted well into the Eisenhower administration; the link between the drink and the holiday was such that it was immortalized by Damon Runyon in Dancing Dan's Christmas, in 1931: More

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