We have an alternative here in Buffalo, the Tom and Jerry.
your favorite mug
one ladle-full of batter (recipe below)
1 oz. rum (some use bourbon)
1 oz. brandy or cognac
fill with hot water until the batter brims over
garnish with nutmeg or your favorite holiday spice
Tom & Jerry batter ingredients:
12 large eggs, separated, divided
½ teaspoon salt
1 pound butter, room temperature
3 pounds confectioners’ sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground allspice
Beat egg whites and salt in a large glass or metal mixing bowl until stiff peaks form. Lift your beater or whisk straight up: the egg whites should form a sharp peak that holds its shape.
Beat egg yolks in a separate large bowl.
Beat butter and confectioners’ sugar in a third large bowl until light and fluffy; beat in egg yolks and vanilla. Stir in nutmeg, cloves, allspice, and beaten egg whites until well blended.