Friday, November 4, 2011

tobago & jerry

1 oz Tom & Jerry Batter (*)
1 oz Angostura Bitters
2 oz Hot Milk

Stir to mix in a pre-warmed small mug and garnish with freshly grated nutmeg.
(*) For instructions on how to prepare the batter, see this post.

With Saturday's nor'easter, we were greeted with our first snowfall of the year. And the first snow fall always marks the beginning of Tom & Jerry season albeit a month or more earlier than expected. One of the ideas I had been toying around with after trying the Cynar & Jerry and the Fernet & Jerry was pushing the envelop by making an Angostura Bitters-laden one. I opted for the Tobago & Jerry name instead of the Trinidad reference for it had a more similar sound to the original.
The Tobago & Jerry had a bounty of spice notes on the nose including nutmeg, clove, and allspice. The sip was sweet, creamy, rich, and spicy, and the swallow was replete with cinnamon, clove, and allspice notes along with a pleasant bitterness. Indeed, the Angostura worked rather well to complement and bolster the Tom & Jerry batter's winter spices. While the warmth of the drink intensified the flavors, the egg and milk functioned to really soften the balance and maintain it in the delicious zone.

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