There is more literature regarding this drink than any drink to date. Not only are there hundreds of refrences, but there are thousands. Infact, this drink was so popular that it not only is still ordered today, but you can see direct popular culture references to the Tom and Jerry, such as the cartoon with the same name, that still runs on Cartoon Network. Here is an early printing of this drink:
The rambler in North America, MDCCCXXXII.-MDCCCXXXIII. – Page 61 by Charles Joseph Latrobe in 1836
“As to the rest, it was agreed by the majority of the good people of Tallahassee, to go on drinking and stimulating with mint-julep, mint-sling, bitters, hailstone, snow-storm, apple-toddy, punch, Tom and Jerry, egg-nog”
Tom and Jerry meant many things in the 19th century, but most would have associated it with the fictional play where “Tom” is a frequent visitor of the Temple Bar and drinks none other than the Tom and Jerry, although it was not called this.
Some early refrences claim this literature dates to 1822 as seen here:
The true history of Tom and Jerry, or, The day and night scenes of life in london by Charles Hindley, Pierce Egan, William Thomas Moncrieff in 1888
“Mixed wine or liquor, Rum Punch. Russell, Samuel. — Otherwise “Jerry Sneak Russell,” from the very admirable manner in … Mr. Russell was for some years manager of the Theatre Boyal, Brighton, where he produced “Tom and Jerry” in 1822.”
Tom and Jerry was often used to describe an ale house or beer house as seen here:
The Bristol Job Nott, or, Labouring man’s friend: Issues 1-107 – Page 237 in 1832
“Perhaps it may be needful to inform some that the Tom and Jerry is a slang term for beer houses”
It is important to note, that all early literature indicates this drink was made as a punch, but all drinks of this era were made as punches, even the cups of the day, so this is not out of the ordinary.
This drink dates between 1822 – 1832 and contained at least as of then:
Heat and stir these ingredients:
Rum (Jamaican is used as early as 1862)
Whole egg (White and Yolk)
Serve hot in a heat retaining vessel such as an wooden mug.