How about a beverage today?
Milk Punch, sometimes called Bourbon Milk Punch or Brandy Milk Punch (depending on which is used), is a classic New Orleans libation. Traditionally, it's reserved for Christmas and New Year's. Especially once the partying's over--it's thought that the milk settles the stomach.
I'm not sure I buy that reasoning. This punch has bite!
Many use this as an alternative to egg nog. And Milk Punch is also often seen on New Orleans brunch menus.
Traditionally, Milk Punch is served chilled, but not on the rocks since ice will water it down. And who wants watered down when you're fighting a hangover.
I like slushy drinks and Milk Punch is no exception. If you feel the same, freeze the mixture overnight. Just set it out on the counter about an hour before serving so it starts to thaw into a slush.
3 cups whole milk
1 cup half & half
3 cups brandy or bourbon (pick your poison!)
2 Tbsp vanilla
1/2-1 cup simple syrup (this is done to taste), see below
fresh grated nutmeg for topping is traditional
Combine everything except for the simple syrup and nutmeg. Add 1/2 cup simple syrup and taste. Add more in small increments, tasting as you go (that's the best part of this recipe), until the mixture is sweet enough for you.
Chill for several hours. Serve, topped with nutmeg.
For a slush, freeze the mixture overnight. Allow to sit at room temperature for about an hour before serving.
|Chilled milk punch|
(The 1st picture is a slushy version)
A little this, a little that:
~ Personally I find the fresh nutmeg overpowering in this--I skip it.
~ The recipe above makes roughly twelve 1/2 cup servings.
~ It can easily be halved, doubled, etc.
~ Voodoo Bourbon slush would be another great Mardi Gras beverage.
~ If you've never made simple syrup...
For 1 cup of simple syrup, you'll need
2 cups sugar
1 cup water
Bring water to a boil. Add the sugar and stir to dissolve. Cool before using.
And a little lagniappe for ya, dawlin'...
While you're making simple syrup, how about another batch for the birds?
4 parts sugar
1 part water
Bring water to a boil. Add the sugar and stir to dissolve. Cool completely before filling hummingbird feeders.