Milk Punch Cocktail Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


Milk Punch is a classic cocktail that dates back to the 17th century in England. It was popularized by Benjamin Franklin and has since become a staple in New Orleans' cocktail culture. The drink is typically enjoyed during brunch or as a dessert cocktail.

  • Originated in 17th century England
  • Popularized by Benjamin Franklin
  • A staple in New Orleans' cocktail culture

How Milk Punch Tastes?

Milk Punch has a creamy, sweet, and slightly spicy taste. The combination of milk, sugar, and spices creates a smooth and velvety texture, while the addition of alcohol gives it a warming sensation.

Interesting facts about Milk Punch

  • Milk Punch is often enjoyed during brunch or as a dessert cocktail
  • The drink can be made with various types of alcohol, including brandy, bourbon, or rum
  • Milk Punch can be served hot or cold, depending on personal preference


  • Milk: 8 oz(240ml)
  • Brandy: 2 oz(60ml)
  • Powdered sugar: 1tbsp
  • Vanilla extract: 1tsp
  • Nutmeg: 1pinch
  • Ice: 1cup


The milk gives our Milk Punch its creamy base and smooth texture. If you're not 'udderly' amazed already, it also provides a slightly sweet platform for the punch. The 8oz isn't arbitrary; it's just the right amount to make the drink satisfying but not a heavy, dairy daredevil dive.

Alex Green


Brandy brings warmth and a subtle fruity flavor that dances well with the milk's creaminess. Using 2oz is the sweet spot – enough to lift your spirits without turning the punch into a brandy bowl. If you forget the brandy, you'll just have sweet milk, and I suspect that's not the punchline you were hoping for.

Mary Mitkina

Powdered Sugar

This sweet little number dissolves beautifully in the mixture, adding to the cocktail's charm with a 1tbsp measure, it's a dash of sweetness without causing a sugar crash. If you skimp here, you won't get that desired silky touch, like a high-five when you needed a hug.

Emma Rose

Vanilla Extract

Vanilla extract is like the life of the party, tying all the flavors together with its 1tsp contribution. It's like adding your favorite playlist to the background – a subtle, yet pivotal touch. Skip it, and the depth of your drink goes as flat as a poorly inflated balloon at a party.

Alex Green


Just a pinch! Nutmeg is the garnish that brings the holiday feels to your glass, creating an aromatic allure with every sip. It's like jazz hands for your taste buds. Omit it, and you'll lose that snazzy spice that turns the drink from 'meh' to 'more-ish.'

Mary Mitkina

IceIce, baby! It cools, it chills, it makes your cocktail shiver with delight. A cup full sets the stage for a frosty sip. No ice, and the word 'punch' loses its... well, punch. And not in a 'snowball's chance in a cocktail' kind of way - just plain lukewarm.

Emma Rose

Recipe. How to make Milk Punch Drink

  1. In a shaker, combine milk, brandy, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract
  2. Add ice to the shaker
  3. Shake well until all ingredients are combined and chilled
  4. Strain the mixture into a glass
  5. Garnish with a pinch of nutmeg on top

Pro Tips

  • Shake the cocktail well to ensure all ingredients are thoroughly mixed.
  • Use freshly grated nutmeg for the best flavor.
  • Chill the glass before pouring the cocktail for a cooler drink.

Perfect Pairings


  • Cheese plates: A selection of creamy cheeses like Brie or Camembert complements the velvety texture and sweetness of the Milk Punch.
  • Fruit tarts: The vanilla and nutmeg in the cocktail pair well with the sweetness of fruit desserts.
  • Smoked Salmon: The richness of smoked salmon balances the sweet, creamy aspects of the cocktail.


  • Chocolate desserts: Milk Punch's sweetness and the spiced notes pair delightfully with rich chocolate flavors.
  • Cinnamon desserts: Cinnamon complements the vanilla and nutmeg, making for a harmonious pairing with the cocktail.
  • Pumpkin pie: A classic autumn dessert that matches the warming, comforting vibes of the Milk Punch.


  • French toast: The sweetness and spices in the punch enhance the flavors in this brunch favorite.
  • Belgian waffles: Drizzle them with syrup and serve with Milk Punch for a decadent brunch treat.


  • Coffee: A nice cup of coffee can balance the sweetness of the Milk Punch, especially if enjoyed with a dessert or pastry.

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What you could change in Milk Punch

  • Brandy can be replaced with bourbon or rum.
  • Powdered sugar can be replaced with honey or maple syrup.
  • Milk can be replaced with almond milk or soy milk for a dairy-free option.

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Brandy to Bourbon

Swap the brandy for bourbon to give the punch a deep South twist. You can still use 2oz – just prepare for a bolder, oakier sip. Add a splash of maple syrup instead of powdered sugar for a smokey sweetness.

Coffee Milk Punch

Add a shot of chilled espresso to the mix. This will turn your punch into a caffeinated spectacle that's part dessert, part pick-me-up. Brandy and coffee? Morning, noon, or night, this will be a delight.

Vegan Milk Punch

Use almond or oat milk instead of dairy milk, and replace brandy with a clear spirit like rum. This will bring about a lighter, nuttier taste, perfect for those avoiding dairy or looking for a twist on tradition.

In case you forgot basics how to make Milk Punch

Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Milk Punch

What type of glass is best for serving Milk Punch?

Traditionally, Milk Punch is served in a coupe glass, but it can also be served in a rocks glass or a small tumbler.

Are there any variations of Milk Punch?

Yes, there's also a clarified Milk Punch which is a clear cocktail made with a similar recipe but requires a more complex preparation process.

Does Milk Punch pair well with any specific foods?

Milk Punch pairs well with brunch foods, especially pastries and other sweet treats. It's also a good match for spicy foods, as the creamy cocktail can help balance the heat.

Can kids drink a non-alcoholic version of Milk Punch?

Yes, you can create a kid-friendly version of Milk Punch by simply omitting the alcohol. Keeping the milk, sugar, and spices will result in a sweet, creamy drink kids will love.

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