Recipe courtesy of Alton Brown

Clarified Milk Punch

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 10 days 3 hr (includes steeping, cooling, standing and filtering times)
  • Active: 40 min
  • Yield: 1 quart


Allspice Dram:


Special equipment:
quart-sized glass jars; electric kettle (optional); large sieve; commercial-sized coffee filter; glass pitcher; 4-quart container; fine-mesh sieve
  1. Heat 2 1/4 cups of water to 208 degrees F. If you have an electric kettle with a temperature setting, great. If not, bring the water to a boil in a saucepan, kill the heat and count to 20. Pour the water over the teabags into a quart vessel and steep 3 minutes before removing the bags. (Do not wring out or squeeze the bags.)
  2. Add the sugar to the hot tea and stir to dissolve. Then add the port, rum, Allspice Dram, and lemon juice. Cool to room temperature, about 20 minutes.
  3. Pour the milk into a glass pitcher and then follow with the tea mixture. (Yes, it will curdle.) Park on counter for 1 hour. Do not shake, stir or molest in any way. Just let the magic happen. Oh, and make sure the tea goes into the milk, not the other way around.
  4. Line a large, fine-mesh sieve with a commercial-sized coffee filter (we like those made for 1.5-gallon machines) and strain the mixture into a wide, 4-quart container. Once completely filtered, typically about 1 hour, transfer to a quart jar or pitcher and chill to serve. (See Cook's Note.)
  5. Store tightly sealed in the refrigerator for up to 2 months.

Allspice Dram:

  1. Heat a heavy skillet over low heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Toast the allspice berries until fragrant, about 1 minute, then roughly crush.
  2. Combine the rum and crushed allspice berries in a quart-sized glass jar, seal the lid tightly and give it a good shake. Steep for 10 days.
  3. Strain the allspice-infused rum through a fine-mesh sieve into a small saucepan and add the sugar. Heat over low, stirring occasionally, until the sugar is fully dissolved, about 15 minutes. Cool to room temperature before storing in a glass jar or bottle.
  4. Note: Any overproof rum will work here, meaning any rum over 50 percent ABV. But navy-strength rum, typically bottled at 57 percent ABV, is my favorite. Just remember: The higher the ABV of the rum, the higher the ABV of your resulting dram.

Cook’s Note

I know it seems like a lot of containers here, but the punch needs to strain into a container large enough to securely hold the sieve, and such a vessel would be too wide to serve from…except for maybe a punch bowl, which is tough to get into the fridge.