Pair Your Milk with Alcohol

By Playboy Staff

Ever since man could milk a cow and run a pot still, he has likely been spiking his cereal with something strong. The latest version of boozy dairy drinks is milk punch, a rich, sweet, high-octane alternative to the mimosa. Popular in New Orleans and at brunches throughout the South, creative interpretations have wended their way into bars and restaurants across America. To bracket your bibulous study of this trending day drink, we share with you two versions: a classic bourbon milk punch enlivened with vanilla and nutmeg, served at Brennan’s in both New Orleans and Houston, and a new-school persimmon-flavored variation made with vodka and rum, from Providence in Los Angeles.

MILK PUNCH

• 2 oz. brandy (bourbon may be substituted)
• 1½ oz. whole milk
• 1 oz. simple syrup
• ½ tsp. pure vanilla extract
• Freshly grated nutmeg

Mix liquid ingredients in a glass. Garnish with a sprinkle of nutmeg.