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Posted on Jan 5, 2014 | 4 comments

Winter Cocktail: Tom and Ruby

Winter Cocktail: Tom and Ruby

This drink is named after my stepmother. Let me explain. Pay attention, as this will not be so easy to follow after you’ve had a Tom and Ruby.

My brother’s mother was my father’s first wife. My mother was my father’s second wife. Ruby is my father’s final wife.

A sparkling gem of a woman, she vibrates calm, warm energy. Much like this drink that she introduced me to this Christmas.

The original drink, a Tom and Jerry, was created in the 1850s and involved separating a raw egg and processing the two parts independently. This simple version requires you do nothing more strenuous than open a carton of eggnog. This can be a good thing after a long day returning Christmas presents while driving through snow. (Uphill, both ways).

I don’t get a lot of snow around here, but a warm, cozy drink is always a welcome treat. Just like Ruby!

Tom and Ruby
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Warming, aromatic, soothing dessert as a drink. A streamlined Tom and Jerry.
Recipe type: winter cocktail
Serves: 1
  • 8 oz eggnog
  • ¼ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 ounce dark rum
  1. Heat eggnog in a small saucepan, on medium-low.
  2. Stir in pumpkin pie spice.
  3. Heat until hot, about 3-4 minutes.
  4. Pour rum into your favorite winter mug.
  5. Pour hot eggnog directly into the rum.
  6. Breathe in the boozy, fragrant steam.
  7. Sit in a comfortable chair, preferably by a fireplace, and reflect on how peaceful life can be. Yo ho ho.


For some real heat, you can substitute 1/8 teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg for the pumpkin pie spice. I love that zing in cold eggnog, but I find the smooth flavors of pumpkin pie spice to be in perfect harmony with the other warm flavors in a Tom and Ruby.

Like family, a good cocktail is all about the right blend.




  1. I love the second paragraph. Funny and clever. And the drink sounds wonderful. Too bad there’s not any eggnog around for 11 more months!

    • Oh no! We may have to go the separated egg route until next Christmas.

  2. And a lovely holiday tradition it is! I’m looking forward to tasting your pumpkin pie spice twist…sounds very smooth and cozy. Thanks for the sweetness. GR

  3. Ruby made this this first night she drove into town and I believe we made one every night after. They’re our new holiday tradition!

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