London subterranean speakeasy Happiness Forgets was our go-to for festive cocktails, obliging us with a spin on a Tom and Jerry (the milky-looking one) and a Mikey Rivers (the cloudy-looking version). The former, an eggnog concoction dating from the 19th century, originally used rum and cognac, replaced here with port and calvados.
Tom and Jerry
2 1/4 cups castor sugar
3 whole eggs (whites and yolks separated)
10ml LBV port
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
Grated nutmeg (garnish)
Beat eggwhites to a stiff froth, and the yolks until they are as thin as water. Mix yolks and whites together and add the calvados, port and spices. Thicken with sugar until the mixture attains the consistence of a light batter. In a coffee mug, combine one table-spoonful of the above mixture, and then fill the glass with boiling water.
The winter warmer Mikey Rivers mixes elijah craig 12-year-old Bourbon with maple syrup, apple juice and a top of Breton cider.
40ml bourbon (we suggest Elijah Craig 12yo)
20ml lemon juice
15ml fresh apple juice
15ml maple syrup
2 dashes of jerry thomas bitters (available at the Amathus store on Wardour street)
Shake all the ingredients together and pour into a rock glass filled with ice, then top the drink with Breton cider