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Milk Punch

Updated on November 3, 2011
Yes, as a matter of fact, I WILL add liquor to anything.  Just keep walkin'.
Yes, as a matter of fact, I WILL add liquor to anything. Just keep walkin'.

In recent years, to my astonishment, I find that I have been swept into the worlds of not only college football tailgating but also competitive barbecuing. Don't ask me how I got here.

Anyway as it turns out, there are many times during these jovial events that I find myself surrounded by people who are enjoying a late morning cocktail. Bloody Marys, to be exact, which I find to be revolting. Normally the thought of even consuming alcohol before the noon hour is pretty revolting in itself but every now and then for the sake of peer pressure I give in. But what to drink? It didn't take long for an old southern favorite to come to mind: milk punch. Once a southern Sunday brunch staple, the popularity of this tasty beverage seems to have waned in the years since I last had a true southern brunch. I think it's time it made a comeback.

Usually a bourbon drink, it is also sometimes made with Brandy; I've even used Southern Comfort. Either way it's delicious. This is my basic recipe but there are lots of variations, depending on how strong and how sweet you like it. This recipe works for me because it's simple, but it isn't neccesarily the sweetest version out there.

Southern Milk Punch Recipe

2 oz good bourbon

4 to 6 oz whole milk

2 tsp powdered sugar

1/4 tsp vanilla extract

2 or 3 cubes of ice

ground nutmeg

Pour all of the ingredients except the nutmeg into a cocktail shaker and shake very well. Strain into an old fashioned glass over cracked ice and sprinkle with nutmeg to garnish.

Southern Milk Punch


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    • S G Hupp profile imageAUTHOR

      S G Hupp 

      7 years ago from United States

      I hope you like it. Kinda gives a new twist to the "got milk?" question!

    • PADDYBOY60 profile image


      7 years ago from Centreville Michigan

      Sounds good! Have not had a drink like this before, but I believe that I will give it a try.

    • S G Hupp profile imageAUTHOR

      S G Hupp 

      7 years ago from United States could do Evan Williams Single Barrel or Makers Mark...or, I guess Wild Turkey wouldn't kill you. Just don't use anything too harsh.

      I know! The words "competitive" and "barbecuing" just don't seem like they should be hanging out together.

    • DNCalkins profile image


      7 years ago from The Cold-Blasted North

      Any suggestions on what qualifies as a 'good bourbon'? I ask out of ignorance, not snark!

      Also, I am now in love with the term 'Competitive Barbecuing'!


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