Milk Punch Recipe

Rich, frothy, and ideal for the holidays (or any time at all).

Robyn Lee

Think of it as an easy, no-egg eggnog. Or think of it as a classic Southern tipple, with an alluring blend of sweetness and richness, and a deep-flavored kick. However you approach the milk punch, just be sure to think of it sometime during the holiday season.

I had a great time sipping one of these on a July morning in New Orleans, but with its fullness of flavor, its silky texture and its nutmeg finish, the milk punch seems particularly well-suited to this time of year. Classically made with a combo of brandy and rum, the milk punch also works well with bourbon in the place of either or both. And while it's lovely to drink the punch when poured into a glass full of crushed ice, you can instead serve it hot, for a rich and potent warmer. Either way, this drink that dates back to horse-and-buggy days has a way of slowing everything down, taking the edge off a hectic holiday season if only for an hour or two.

Recipe Details

Milk Punch Recipe

Total 5 mins
Serves 1 cocktail

Rich, frothy, and ideal for the holidays (or any time at all).


  • 1 ounce brandy (or bourbon)

  • 1 ounce dark rum (or bourbon)

  • 1 teaspoon sugar

  • 2 dashes vanilla extract (optional)

  • 4 to 6 ounces whole milk, to taste


  1. Stir well with ice and strain into a large goblet over fresh crushed ice (or, pour everything into a mug and add hot milk). Sprinkle with nutmeg.

Special equipment

Mixing glass, cocktail strainer

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
316 Calories
4g Fat
10g Carbs
4g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 316
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Cholesterol 12mg 4%
Sodium 53mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 4%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 138mg 11%
Iron 0mg 0%
Potassium 163mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)