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.
- 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
- New Orleans Official Guide
- Harry Johnson, New and Improved Illustrated How to Mix Drinks of the Present Style (p. 65), self-published, New York, 1882
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