Milk Punch

Total Time

Prep/Cook Time: 5 min.


1 serving

Updated: Jun. 27, 2023
Sip on this celebratory cocktail recipe that dates back generations. Known as a favorite in New Orleans, milk punch is a sweet and rich drink perfect for special occasions. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen


  • 3 ounces whole milk
  • 1 ounce bourbon
  • 1 ounce rum
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • Dash vanilla extract
  • Freshly ground nutmeg


  1. Fill a shaker three-fourths full with ice. Add the milk, bourbon, rum, syrup and vanilla. Cover and shake for 15-20 seconds or until condensation forms on outside of shaker. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass with ice. Sprinkle with nutmeg.
Milk Punch Tips

Can you use different kinds of milk to make milk punch?

If you like trying vintage cocktail recipes, you're going to love this sipper that dates back to the 1600s. Different kinds of milk can be used to make milk punch, but you'll want to use at least 2% or whole milk to create the rich and creamy mouthfeel for which this drink is known. You could even use half-and-half cream for a more decadent treat. It can be prepared with dairy-free alternatives, too; just opt for those with the highest fat content.

How can you make milk punch your own?

Our version of milk punch is mixed with bourbon and rum, but if you're partial to brandy cocktails, you could use that instead. Try garnishing with additional spices such as star anise or a cinnamon stick. Nutmeg is a traditional ingredient, but a dash of clove would also complement the flavors of this drink.

When can you serve milk punch?

Milk punch is often served with brunch, but it's also great as a sweet after-dinner drink. Because this drink is especially popular in New Orleans, it's one of our favorite Mardi Gras recipes.

Peggy Woodward, Taste of Home Senior Food Editor

Nutrition Facts

1 serving: 245 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 40mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein.