As the name would suggest, a brandy milk punch is a milk-based brandy beverage. Interestingly enough, the drink has been in recorded history as early as 1688, in the writings of a British politician by the name of William Sacherevell. Interestingly enough, the drink was originally in the tradition of other English curdled dairy-based drinks like posset and syllabub.
None other than Benjamin Franklin proposed a recipe in the mid-1700s that involved brandy and lemon added to hot milk, which became the standard recipe for some time. The drink reached its pinnacle in popularity in the 1800s, when none other than Queen Victoria issued a royal warrant to a company by one Nathaniel Whisson as “purveyors of milk to her majesty”. This certainly goes to show just how beloved the drink had become, especially in Britain. Surprisingly enough, brandy milk punch has enjoyed in a resurgence in the Southern United States, and in particular, the popular tourist destination of New Orleans.
- 2 ounces of brandy
- 1 cup of whole milk
- 1 teaspoon of powdered sugar
- Freshly grated nutmeg
- Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker, over ice.
- Shake well.
- Strain into a glass (of your preference).
- Cocktail shaker
- Wine glass or coupe glass
First, it should be noted that a common variation of brandy milk punch is the use of bourbon. Also, there are all sorts of ways to spruce up a brandy milk punch, and some use up to one ounce of simple syrup to achieve a sweeter taste. Even other people choose to add egg to the drink, although this is a rarer variation, as that would indicate more of an egg nog than a true and traditional brandy milk punch.
Many people prefer to use half-and-half cream rather than whole milk, for all sorts of reasons, and prefer to add up to a teaspoon of vanilla extract. The glass that brandy milk punch is served in also completely depends on the occasion. It can be served in a wine glass, coupe glass, or a cocktail glass. Regardless, if you are looking for a sweet dessertlike drink – try out a Brandy Milk Punch today!