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!
- 8 oz eggnog
- ¼ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1 ounce dark rum
- Heat eggnog in a small saucepan, on medium-low.
- Stir in pumpkin pie spice.
- Heat until hot, about 3-4 minutes.
- Pour rum into your favorite winter mug.
- Pour hot eggnog directly into the rum.
- Breathe in the boozy, fragrant steam.
- 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.