Milk punch

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Milk punch is a milk-based brandy or bourbon beverage. It consists of milk, the spirit, sugar, and vanilla extract. It is served cold and usually has nutmeg sprinkled on top. [1]

It is common in New Orleans and traditional on holidays throughout the Deep South.[2]

There are two variations: a punch-bowl drink and a glass drink. The former is known since the 17th century, with the recipe aimed at drink stability: the cream was curdled and strained out. It was attributed to Aphra Behn at the time. The latter is made with fresh milk or cream and is more lush.[1]

A yet another variation, "egg milk punch",[3] is actually eggnog.[1]

"Milk punch" also refers to a hot Irish drink, scáiltín, made of equal parts hot whiskey and milk. It may be flavored with melted butter, sugar, honey, cinnamon, nutmeg or cloves.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b c David Wondrich, "Imbibe!: From Absinthe Cocktail to Whiskey Smash, a Salute in Stories and Drinks to "Professor" Jerry Thomas, Pioneer of the American Bar", Penguin, 2007, ISBN 0399532870, p. 82, Milk Punch
  2. ^ New Orleans Official Guide
  3. ^ Harry Johnson, New and Improved Illustrated How to Mix Drinks of the Present Style (p. 65), self-published, New York, 1882