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Milk Punch – A Holiday Classic from 1688!

Milk Punch is a precolonial Holiday Staple
Milk Punch - A Holiday Classic from 1688! | Anders Erickson

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The first time Milk Punch found publication in a cocktail book was in Jerry Thomas’ 1862 Edition of his Bar-Tenders Guide, but it was first seen in publication around 1688 where in popped up in William Sacheverell’s travelogue of the Scottish Isle of Iona and was also published in a 1711 Cookbook written by Aphra Behn which was the first time it was actually published. The clarified version is also attributed to Aphra Behn which subsequently found popularity as a bottled drink due to it’s shelf stability.

We have a video on makingClarified Milk punch which you can find here.

In this video we are making the earliest version of this punch and doing a reconstructed version of the Jerry Thomas Recipe. In more modern times it has been a pretty popular holiday staple in New Orleans specifically but also in much of the South United States. And it most certainly gave birth the Egg Nog which is a variant Milk Punch and was sometimes referred to as “Egg Milk Punch.” Ok that’s it for the history! Go get it!


  • 4oz (120ml) Whole Milk
  • 1oz (30ml) Brandy
  • .5oz (15ml) Virgin Island Rum
  • .375oz (11ml) Simple Syrup
  • 2 Dashes Vanilla Extract
  • Grated Nutmeg Garnish

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