New Orleans Brandy Milk Punch

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Brandy Milk Punch is one of the ultimate brunch cocktails for the wintertime. Smooth and creamy, with a shot of brandy and fresh nutmeg to top it off.

New Orleans Brandy Milk Punch

I don’t drink much milk and brandy drinks, but milk punch is the exception to the rule. 

This is a cocktail you must try at least once in your life. The smooth, creamy texture is reminiscent of egg nog but made completely different. I blame the grated nutmeg on top that makes everyone think this.

I’m going to teach you the New Orleans way to make a brandy milk punch. It’s not made with bourbon or rum but with brandy! Let’s jump into the recipe.

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What is Brandy Milk Punch?

Brandy milk punch is a classic New Orleans cocktail served during breakfast or brunch. It’s made with brandy, sugar, vanilla extract, and milk and topped off with freshly grated nutmeg. It’s served in a rock glass without ice, but if you like ice milk, serve yours with crushed ice.

You may also see recipes for bourbon milk punch, but the standard liquor used is brandy.

Brandy Milk Punch in glass

Key Ingredients

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this delicious New Orleans brandy milk punch.

Half-and-Half

I love the creaminess of half and half in this recipe.

Brandy

The most common brandy available is E&J brandy. The VSOP E&J is my favorite. You can use your favorite cognac too.

Powdered Sugar

I like to use powdered sugar because I always have it on hand. However, if I have simple syrup in my fridge, I use it instead.

Vanilla Extract

A little splash wakes up the whole cocktail.

Freshly Grated Nutmeg

This is a key ingredient. If you follow the recipe and do not top it off with nutmeg, you only made brandy and milk, not milk punch.

Brandy Milk Punch in glass

How to Make Brandy Milk Punch recipe?

A New Orleans brandy milk punch is made for people to enjoy! That’s precisely what this recipe provides a drink to make for you and your guest for brunch. It’s also great for a nightcap cocktail. All you need is a few minutes, and you’ll be sipping with your pinky up.

Add half-and-half, bourbon, powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and ice cubes to a cocktail shaker, and shake vigorously for 20-30 seconds. Strain into a tall glass, and garnish 

with grated nutmeg. Serve immediately.

Brandy Milk Punch in glass

Pro Recipe Tips & Tricks

Here are a few notes to keep in mind when shaking up this awesome cocktail.

  • Feel free to use almond milk or another milk instead of half-and-half.
  • You can also use heavy cream instead of milk.
  • If you cannot find any brandy, use bourbon or rum instead.
  • If you do not have fresh nutmeg, sprinkle a little bit of ground nutmeg instead.
  • If you don’t have a cocktail shaker, improvise by shaking a smaller glass inside a larger one.
  • Need enough for a crowd? Follow the recipe and make as much as needed. Top everybody’s cocktail off with nutmeg for an interactive drink station.
  • Make a simple syrup by combining 1/4 cup sugar and 1/4 cup water in a small pot over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved.

Storage:

Brandy milk punch is best enjoyed right after it’s made. However, you can make a larger amount for guests and stir the ingredients together instead of shaking everything.

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Brandy Milk Punch in glass

FAQs

Here are the top questions readers have about making milk punch at home.

What beverage is called milk punch?

Milk punch is a drink made with brandy, simple syrup, vanilla extract, and milk and topped off with freshly grated nutmeg. It’s excellent for breakfast or brunch.

Where can I buy brandy milk punch in New Orleans?

Brennan’s restaurant on Royal street is the best place to get brandy milk punch in New Orleans.

Is milk punch the same as eggnog?

No, the only similarity between eggnog and milk punch is that they are both milk-based drinks garnished with nutmeg. Eggnog contains eggs, while milk punch does not.

Does brandy go with milk?

Yes. Brandy goes with milk perfectly. Whole milk or any milk you have at home will be great.

Can I drink brandy with milk?

Yes. Although the pairing may seem weird, brandy and milk make a great combination.

How long does milk punch last?

Milk punch normally lasts about 10-15 minutes because the foam begins to separate as the drink settles.

How to store Milk Punch?

Brandy milk punch is best when enjoyed right after it’s made. However, you can make a larger amount for guests and stir the ingredients together instead of shaking everything.

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Before You Begin

Before getting started, here are the steps I used to get organized. 

Step 1: Pull out all the tools and ingredients needed to make my New Orleans brandy milk punch recipe.

Step 2: Follow this easy recipe for the best brandy milk punch you’ve ever enjoyed.

If you’re in the mood for a wintertime brunch cocktail that will warm your soul, look no further than Brandy Milk Punch. This smooth and creamy drink is perfect for sipping on a cold day, and it can be made with just a few simple ingredients. Be sure to leave a comment and star rating below after you give this recipe a try!

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New Orleans Brandy Milk Punch

Kenneth Temple
Brandy Milk Punch is smooth and creamy and made with brandy and fresh nutmeg. It's one of the ultimate brunch cocktails for the wintertime.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine New Orleans
Servings 1 drink
Calories 245 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3 oz. half-and-half
  • 1 ½ oz. Bourbon
  • 1 teaspoon powdered sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup ice cubes
  • freshly grated nutmeg

Instructions
 

  • Add half-and-half, bourbon, powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and ice cubes to a cocktail shaker, and shake vigorously for 20-30 seconds. Strain into a tall glass, and garnish with grated nutmeg.

Notes

Pro Recipe Tips & Tricks
Here are a few notes to keep in mind when shaking up this awesome cocktail.
  • Feel free to use almond milk or another milk instead of half-and-half.
  • You can also use heavy cream instead of milk.
  • If you cannot find any brandy, use bourbon or rum instead.
  • If you do not have fresh nutmeg, sprinkle a little bit of ground nutmeg instead.
  • If you don’t have a cocktail shaker, improvise by shaking a smaller glass inside a larger one.
  • Need enough for a crowd? Follow the recipe and make as much as needed. Top everybody’s cocktail off with nutmeg for an interactive drink station.
  • Make a simple syrup by combining 1/4 cup sugar and 1/4 cup water in a small pot over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved.
Storage:
Brandy milk punch is best enjoyed right after it’s made. However, you can make a larger amount for guests and stir the ingredients together instead of shaking everything.

Nutrition

Calories: 245kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 3gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.5gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 62mgPotassium: 177mgSugar: 11gVitamin A: 301IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 99mgIron: 0.1mg
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