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Milk Punch Two Ways

Milk Punch Two Ways

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According to my calendar, we are over a month into the Fall season. According to the weather outside my door, we are at the beginning stages of Summer. One thing is for sure, weather or not, I am embracing all things Fall but with a few twists to accommodate for these unseasonable warm days.

Milk Punch Two Ways - warm in mugs topped with nutmeg

Just like meal time flavors and ingredients, when the seasons change, my cocktail flavors change, too. Seasonal herbs, fruits, and spices begin to shine and call to me to create lovely sipping cocktails. I keep a running list of cocktail ideas on my computer and a reoccurring theme the last few weeks has been to create a warm cocktail with a milky base. In a sense, a spiked milk steamer. I love milk in hot drinks like lattes and in our house, hot chocolate can only be made with milk. I figured a comforting and cozy warm milk cocktail would be a home run in flavor.

Milk Punch Two Ways - warm on a cool fall night made with wholesome milk

After some light research I decided to tackle my own version of the ever popular milk punch. Milk punch is a classic concoction often made with rum, brandy, or bourbon. My version combines rich bourbon and white rum for a delicate balance of both flavors. Sweetened with maple syrup and accented with a splash of vanilla extract and dusting of nutmeg, my warm milk punch recipe is a cocktail that you will be turning to for months to come.

Milk Punch Two Ways - warm or iced!

The only snag in this cocktail plan is that the temperature outside has been bouncing around the 60’s and 70’s for the last few weeks. It’s hard to ignore the warmth outside when planning a cocktail to enjoy. This is why I decided to try serving my milk punch recipe over ice.

Milk Punch Two Ways - Served over ice for a crisp winter cocktail

The method is slightly different, but proportions stay the same. I briskly stirred all of the ingredients in a mixing pitcher and served over ice with a dash of nutmeg on top. I was patting myself on the back at how well the same exact cocktail translated into a cold, refreshing drink but still remained Fall-ish in flavor.

Milk Punch Two WaysMilk Punch Two Ways - hot and cold!

Aside from it’s warming, slightly spiced flavor and it’s various serving options, one of my favorite things about this cocktail is that is made with ingredients that I already had in my cabinets and fridge. Wholesome ingredients like milk and maple syrup paired with liquor cabinet staples make this a cocktail that can be made any evening, without a last minute trip to the store.

Milk Punch Two Ways

We always have milk on hand. It’s a simple ingredient that’s perfect for a simple cocktail recipe. Milk is also one of the original farm-to-table foods. While I made this with reduced-fat milk, whole milk could be substituted for an even silkier, richer cocktail.For now, I will be enjoying the cold version of my milk punch, but I am crossing my fingers that I can soon be warming a pot of milk on the stove for a toasty mug of this spiced milk punch.

Milk Punch Two Ways

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Milk Punch Two Ways

Yield: 1 cocktail

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes


  • 6 ounces reduced fat milk
  • 1 ounce bourbon
  • 1/2 ounce white rum
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Pinch – grated nutmeg (for garnish)


Hot Milk Punch:

Pour milk into a small saucepan set over low heat. Heat gently until hot, but not boiling. Remove from heat and whisk briefly until milk is slightly frothy.

Pour bourbon, rum, maple syrup, and vanilla extract into a mug. Add hot milk to the mug and top with grated nutmeg. Serve hot and enjoy!

Iced Milk Punch:

Fill a Boston cocktail shaker or mixing pitcher with ice. Add milk, bourbon, rum, maple syrup, and vanilla extract to the cocktail shaker. Stir for 10 seconds or until chilled and cocktail shaker is frosty. Strain into a high ball glass filled with ice cubes. Top with freshly grated nutmeg and serve.


Ingredients can be doubled or tripled to make more cocktails.

November 18th, 2016

Milk Punch Two Ways

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