Brandy Milch Punch

Brandy Milk Punch

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Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Want a standout cocktail? Try this Brandy Milk Punch recipe! It’s straightforward to make and brimming with delicious ingredients.

Brandy Milk Punch Recipe

Our Brandy Milk Punch recipe offers an easy way to enjoy winter! You'll love this creamy cocktail made from brandy, milk, vanilla syrup, and a touch of nutmeg.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

245 kl

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Brandy
  • 3 oz whole milk or Half-and-Half
  • ¾ oz vanilla syrup
  • Ice cubes
  • Freshly grated nutmeg, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Cocktail Strainer
  • Fine strainer
  • Old Fashioned Glass
  • Measuring Jigger

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Fill an Old Fashioned glass with ice cubes.
  • Add Vanilla Syrup: Pour ¾ oz vanilla syrup into the shaker.
  • Add Milk: Add 3 oz whole milk or Half-and-Half.
  • Add Brandy: Finally, add 2 oz Brandy of your choice to the mix.
  • Add Ice and Shake: Fill the shaker with ice, close it and give it a good shake (10-15 seconds).
  • Strain: Strain the mixture into your Old Fashioned glass over fresh ice.
  • Garnish: Sprinkle freshly grated nutmeg on top for garnish and serve immediately.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Brandy: If you don't have brandy, bourbon is a great substitute that adds a rich, smoky flavor to the punch. Rum can also work if you prefer a sweeter profile.
  • Whole Milk: You can use any milk for this recipe, but remember that lower-fat milk will have a less creamy texture. Almond or soy milk can be used as a dairy-free option.
  • Vanilla Syrup: You can use simple syrup or agave nectar for a different flavor profile.

Making a Pitcher of Brandy Milk Punch:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 16 oz of brandy, 24 cups of whole milk, and 6 oz of vanilla syrup.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, combine the brandy, milk, and vanilla syrup. Stir well.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into individual ice-filled Old Fashioned glasses, garnish with a sprinkle of nutmeg, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Brandy Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic brandy substitute available in most supermarkets or online. Alternatively, you can use apple or grape juice for a fruity twist.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use this non-alcoholic substitute instead of the regular brandy, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

  • Milk Substitute: Use plant-based milk like almond, soy, or oat milk to make this punch vegan-friendly. Just keep in mind that these milks have different flavors and may alter the taste of the punch slightly.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use this vegan substitute instead of the regular milk, follow the original steps, and enjoy a vegan version.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
245
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
3
g
5
%
Saturated Fat
 
2
g
13
%
Sodium
 
33
mg
1
%
Carbohydrates
 
19
g
6
%
Fiber
 
0.2
g
1
%
Sugar
 
19
g
21
%
Potassium
 
133
mg
4
%
Cholesterol
 
10
mg
3
%
Protein
 
3
g
6
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Vitamin A
 
139
IU
3
%
Vitamin C
 
0.03
mg
0
%
Calcium
 
107
mg
11
%
Iron
 
0.1
mg
1
%

 

Brandy Milch Punch

Brandy Milk Punch Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Our Brandy Milk Punch recipe offers an easy way to enjoy winter! You'll love this creamy cocktail made from brandy, milk, vanilla syrup, and a touch of nutmeg.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 245

Ingredients
 

  • 2 oz Brandy
  • 3 oz whole milk or Half-and-Half
  • ¾ oz vanilla syrup
  • Ice cubes
  • Freshly grated nutmeg - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Cocktail Strainer
  • Fine strainer
  • Old Fashioned Glass
  • Measuring Jigger

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Fill an Old Fashioned glass with ice cubes.
  • Add Vanilla Syrup: Pour ¾ oz vanilla syrup into the shaker.
  • Add Milk: Add 3 oz whole milk or Half-and-Half.
  • Add Brandy: Finally, add 2 oz Brandy of your choice to the mix.
  • Add Ice and Shake: Fill the shaker with ice, close it and give it a good shake (10-15 seconds).
  • Strain: Strain the mixture into your Old Fashioned glass over fresh ice.
  • Garnish: Sprinkle freshly grated nutmeg on top for garnish and serve immediately.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Brandy: If you don't have brandy, bourbon is a great substitute that adds a rich, smoky flavor to the punch. Rum can also work if you prefer a sweeter profile.
  • Whole Milk: You can use any milk for this recipe, but remember that lower-fat milk will have a less creamy texture. Almond or soy milk can be used as a dairy-free option.
  • Vanilla Syrup: You can use simple syrup or agave nectar for a different flavor profile.

Making a Pitcher of Brandy Milk Punch:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 16 oz of brandy, 24 cups of whole milk, and 6 oz of vanilla syrup.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, combine the brandy, milk, and vanilla syrup. Stir well.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into individual ice-filled Old Fashioned glasses, garnish with a sprinkle of nutmeg, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Brandy Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic brandy substitute available in most supermarkets or online. Alternatively, you can use apple or grape juice for a fruity twist.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use this non-alcoholic substitute instead of the regular brandy, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

  • Milk Substitute: Use plant-based milk like almond, soy, or oat milk to make this punch vegan-friendly. Just keep in mind that these milks have different flavors and may alter the taste of the punch slightly.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use this vegan substitute instead of the regular milk, follow the original steps, and enjoy a vegan version.

What is a Brandy Milk Punch?

A Brandy Milk Punch is a brandy-based creamy cocktail made of brandy, whole milk, or half-and-half sugar and vanilla extract. It’s not difficult to make as it only requires the ingredients to be shaken together in a cocktail shaker with ice and then strained into a glass.

This drink isn’t directly derived from any other well-known cocktails. Still, it has its unique place in New Orleans’ rich culinary history where it’s often served at brunches or during Mardi Gras celebrations. An exciting aspect of this beverage is that despite being quite simple, when prepared correctly with high-quality ingredients, it offers an elegant balance between sweetness and strength, making it an indulgent treat.

A side shot of a Brandy Milk Punch cocktail in an old fashioned glass on a wooden coaster placed on a beige cloth surrounded by a grater, three nutmegs, and a bar spoon

What is a Brandy Milk Punch made of – The ingredients

Begin your Brandy Milk Punch creation by preparing these ingredients:

  • Brandy: This is the leading alcoholic component of the drink, providing a rich, warming flavor.
  • Whole Milk: It gives the cocktail a creamy texture and balances out the strong taste of brandy.
  • Vanilla syrup: This sweetens the drink, counteracting the potential bitterness of the brandy.
  • Nutmeg: Sprinkled on top for garnish, it adds a touch of spice and enhances the drink’s visual appeal.

Brandy, whole milk, vanilla syrup, and nutmeg laid out on a white bar table

How do you make a Brandy Milk Punch?

Our stepwise instructions will help you master the art of making a Brandy Milk Punch:

1
<p>Stir some ice in an old fashioned glass in order to chill it.</p>

Stir some ice in an old fashioned glass in order to chill it.

2
<p>Add three quarters of an ounce of vanilla syrup to the shaker. This will add a touch of sweetness to balance out the strong flavor of the brandy.</p>

Add three quarters of an ounce of vanilla syrup to the shaker. This will add a touch of sweetness to balance out the strong flavor of the brandy.

3
<p>Pour three ounces of whole milk into the shaker. The milk will give your punch a creamy texture and help to mellow out the flavors.</p>

Pour three ounces of whole milk into the shaker. The milk will give your punch a creamy texture and help to mellow out the flavors.

4
<p>Pour two ounces of brandy into the shaker. You can use any brand you choose, but a high-quality brandy will give your punch a smoother taste.</p>

Pour two ounces of brandy into the shaker. You can use any brand you choose, but a high-quality brandy will give your punch a smoother taste.

5
<p>Fill your cocktail shaker with ice.</p>

Fill your cocktail shaker with ice.

6
<p>Secure the lid on the shaker and shake vigorously for about 20 seconds. This will mix all the ingredients and ensure the flavors are well combined.</p>

Secure the lid on the shaker and shake vigorously for about 20 seconds. This will mix all the ingredients and ensure the flavors are well combined.

7
<p>Strain the mixture into your old fashioned glass over fresh ice. This will remove ice shards and ensure your punch is smooth and creamy.</p>

Strain the mixture into your old fashioned glass over fresh ice. This will remove ice shards and ensure your punch is smooth and creamy.

8
<p>Grate a bit of fresh nutmeg over the top of the punch. This will add a touch of spice and make your punch look more appealing.</p>

Grate a bit of fresh nutmeg over the top of the punch. This will add a touch of spice and make your punch look more appealing.

History and Origin of the Brandy Milk Punch

In the late 1600s, brandy became a favorite for making punch in England. That’s when someone thought of mixing brandy with milk and sugar, creating what we now call Brandy Milk Punch.

This tasty drink then traveled across the Atlantic Ocean to America. It found a home in New Orleans, a city famous for its love of great food and beverages. The cocktail quickly became a must-have at brunches and holiday parties.

Brennan’s Restaurant played a big part in making Brandy Milk Punch popular in New Orleans. In the middle of the 20th century, they started serving this cocktail as a breakfast drink. They added vanilla extract and nutmeg to the traditional recipe, giving it an extra kick of flavor.

A Brandy Milk Punch cocktail, shot from above, in an old fashioned glass on a beige surface surrounded by Brandy, whole milk, vanilla syrup, and nutmeg

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FAQ

How many calories are in a Brandy Milk Punch?
A standard serving of Brandy Milk Punch contains approximately 200-250 calories. This count can vary depending on the brandy used and the amount of sugar added.
How strong is a Brandy Milk Punch cocktail?
The strength of a Brandy Milk Punch cocktail largely depends on the brandy used. On average, it has an Alcohol by Volume (ABV) of around 10-15%, translating to 20-30 proof. However, this can vary based on the ratio of brandy to other ingredients.
What type of alcohol is used in a Brandy Milk Punch?
As the name suggests, Brandy Milk Punch primarily uses brandy as its alcoholic base. The choice of brandy can significantly influence the overall flavor profile of the drink.
In what kind of glass is a Brandy Milk Punch served?
Traditionally, a Brandy Milk Punch is served in an old-fashioned glass, a rocks glass, or a lowball glass. This type of glass allows for easy stirring and sipping.
What does a Brandy Milk Punch taste like?
Brandy Milk Punch has a creamy, rich taste with hints of vanilla and nutmeg. The syrup’s sweetness balances out the brandy's strong flavor, resulting in a smooth and comforting cocktail.
What is the ratio of ingredients in a Brandy Milk Punch?
The typical ratio for a Brandy Milk Punch is three parts milk to two part brandy, with sugar and vanilla extract added to taste. Some recipes may also include a dash of nutmeg for extra flavor.
How is a Brandy Milk Punch served with ice?
Brandy Milk Punch is usually served over ice, meaning ice cubes are added directly into the glass before pouring into the cocktail. This helps to chill the drink and slightly dilute the strong flavors.

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