Dec 7, 2012 9:41 AM by Erin Schermele (email@example.com)
The Christmas Stroll in downtown Great Falls marks one of the busiest nights of the year for the City Bar - due in large part to its signature drink, the Tom & Jerry.
Brad Watson, owner of the City Bar, noted, "Through the years it got to be a tradition at the City Bar to have a Tom and Jerry's at the holiday and it's grown."
The tradition started back in the 60's and 70's with Brad's father and uncle when they bought the recipe from Wolf's Bakery.
Tom & Jerry's quickly gained popularity during the winter months.
Starting at age 12, Brad was put to work making the mix, producing 20 to 40 gallons on a busy day.
He recalled, "We only had one mixer back then, so we didn't go through near the amount of batter that we go through now."
Now a good day is considered 120 to 140 gallons, hardly a dent in the amount of batter they will make this holiday season.
Brad said, "We go through 15,000 eggs, over a ton of sugar, and all the eggs are hand-cracked and separated, so there is a little bit of work that goes into it."
The special mix is made from egg yolks and whites beat separately, sugar, and of course a secret ingredient.
The mix is then added to hot water and a 2/3 shot of brandy with 1/3 shot of rum.