Milk Punch

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 25 min
  • Prep: 5 min
  • Inactive: 15 min
  • Cook: 5 min
  • Yield: 8 servings
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1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped, pod reserved

2 cups milk, divided

1 1/2 cups brandy or bourbon, divided


Freshly grated nutmeg, for garnish


  1. In a small saucepan, combine the sugar, 1/2 cup water, vanilla seeds and pod. Bring to a boil and remove from the heat. Let steep for 15 minutes. Strain the mixture and discard the vanilla pod.
  2. Pour 1 cup milk, 3/4 cup brandy and half of the vanilla syrup into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake the cocktail until ice cold, and then carefully pour into 4 rocks glasses. Repeat with remaining ingredients. Garnish with nutmeg and enjoy!
  3. What Really Makes This Recipe Sing: This is the classic hair of the dog in New Orleans. Most bartenders have their own version, but any of them will do the trick.
  4. BYOC: Want to really indulge? Whip some cream up with a little superfine sugar and dollop on top. Want to cut some calories? Try making this with almond milk.

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