Holiday Milk Punch

December 12, 2012

Test Kitchen-Approved

Author Notes: What brandy, rum, sugar and milk do when they get together. This is a new take on a very, very old drink.Erika Kotite

Serves: 1


  • 2 teaspoons powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • 2 ounces brandy
  • 1 ounce aged rum
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons half-and-half or heavy cream
  • Ice
  • Ground nutmeg
In This Recipe


  1. Put sugar in a small bowl. Add water, stir until sugar is dissolved. Add rum and brandy.
  2. Combine milk and cream; place in shaker with some ice. Add rum mixture and shake well. Strain into an Irish Coffee glass. Sprinkle with nutmeg and enjoy.

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6 Reviews

pikachups November 24, 2013
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Erika K. January 3, 2013
I know, it's a formidable act to follow, that gentleman with the 6 qts. of brandy and curdled milk! It was fun to pursue something other than eggnog this year.
lilgal January 2, 2013
And I forgot to say "thanks" for this manageable, delicious-looking recipe!
lilgal January 2, 2013
Can't resist mentioning Ben Franklin's milk punch recipe:
6 qts. brandy, 44 lemon rinds, steeped. Strain and add to it 4 qts. water, 4 grated nutmegs, 2 qts. lemon juice, 2 lbs. sugar. Add 3 qts. boiled milk, stir, let stand 2 hours, then "run it thro' a jelly-bag till it is clear."
Kt4 November 7, 2013
thank you for the historical recipe! love reads like that :)
em-i-lis December 24, 2012
i am off to make this and ring in christmas eve!!!