Milk Punch

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Appears in

The Glory of Southern Cooking

The Glory of Southern Cooking

By James Villas

Published 2007

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A close relative of eggnog, milk punch (or Milky Way) is typically served in the South both at elegant winter brunches and as a festive Christmas drink. (The ritual in my own family has always been to sip milk punches while opening Christmas presents, and no doubt this was my initial—and harmless—introduction to alcoholic beverages as a child.) The drink is also made with rum or brandy, but whichever spirit you choose, shake the punch as quickly as possible to prevent excess dilution. And don’t overdo the nutmeg.


  • 8 ounces bourbon
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 5 teaspoons confectioners’ sugar
  • 5 drops pure vanilla extract
  • Cracked ice
  • Ground nutmeg to taste


In a tall cocktail shaker, combine all the ingredients except the nutmeg and shake till icy cold and frothy. Pour the punch into Old-Fashioned glasses and sprinkle each drink lightly with nutmeg.