John Gertsen

Tom & Jerry
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“It may seem like a bit of a nuisance to make such a labor-intensive drink,” says John Gertsen of this classic 19th-century eggnog. “But at the end of a long shift there’s nothing better than a nice, hot Tom & Jerry.” Slideshow: More Wonderful Classic Cocktails 
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Joseph & James
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John Gertsen created this chilled take on the Tom & Jerry for the Boston launch party of Banks 5-Island Rum in late 2010. Banks is an unusual blend of 21 white rums from five different countries: Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, Java and Trinidad. Slideshow: More Excellent Rum Cocktails 
Fernet & Jerry
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When John Gertsen learned that Italian immigrants sometimes mix an obscure Sicilian bitters with eggnog as a kind of tonic, he had to try it. He substituted widely available Fernet-Branca for the bitters. The result? "The rich flavor of the egg takes the edge off the Fernet-Branca and the heat makes it smell heavenly." Slideshow: Comforting Warming Drinks 
Coffee Milk Punch
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Mixologists John Gertsen and Misty Kalkofen of Drink in Boston created this sweet, slightly grainy punch. When the milk curdles, says David Wondrich, "it will produce a truly revolting-looking mass." Strain the punch through a very-fine-mesh strainer or, even better, through cheesecloth or a clean white T-shirt. Chill thoroughly before serving as a great, potent after-dinner drink. Classic Cocktail Recipes