For more than seventy years, the Tom and Jerry drink made with Connolly’s batter has been the essential beverage of winter entertaining. Thick fragrant foam, the warmth of brandy and rum, spiced egg batter—the taste of a Connolly’s Tom and Jerry is a cherished holiday tradition for generations of Upper Midwesterners.
Jack Connolly created the recipe for the batter in the late 1940s in the back of his bakery shop on Belknap Street in Superior. His son Mark produced it for many years and, in 2011, passed the secret recipe to three local families who formed a company to manufacture it.
The authentic Connolly’s Tom and Jerry batter is available in local supermarkets and liquor stores.