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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
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.
Links to more Milk Punch Recipes
- Bourbon Milk Punch Recipe | Leite's Culinaria
For this bourbon milk punch recipe, milk, bourbon, vanilla, and ice cream are whirred in a food processor. A sprinkle of cinnamon is the crowning touch.
- Milk Punch Recipe - Southern Milk Punch
A milk punch with bourbon - southern milk punch recipe.
- Brandy Milk Punch