Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Milk Punch Cocktail

The Milk Punch Cocktail


What Santa really wants you to leave out for him

Milk and cookies—that’s what kids will be setting out for Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. But we think ol’ Saint Nick might prefer something with a bit more, um, substance.

Enter the Milk Punch Cocktail: All the goodness of milk. All the fun of booze.

You can serve this drink chilled, or warm up the milk and serve it hot on a snowy evening. Best of all, the Milk Punch Cocktail is refreshing, and not too heavy—just what Santa needs. After all, you want him to be able to get back up the chimney.


The Milk Punch Cocktail

Recipe: Milk Punch Cocktail

Back in the 17th and 18th centuries, people mixed up big batches of milk punch and served it from punch bowls. Kind of like Eggnog. Later on (probably in the 19th century), some innovative bartender reworked the recipe to create single servings.

Originally, Milk Punch probably was consumed as a morning drink. It still is in New Orleans, where it’s an extremely popular brunch beverage.

You should use a “dark” liquor in milk punch—because you want a spirit with, well, spirited flavor. Brandy (or cognac) is popular in New Orleans. In other parts of the US, bourbon rules. Dark rum also works quite well. Ted Haigh, in Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails, suggests a combination of brandy and dark rum. We like his recipe, so that’s how we make it.

We usually serve this cocktail chilled. But you can heat the milk and serve it warm if you prefer—see the Notes for details.

This drink takes about 5 minutes to prepare, and serves one. But make two. You don't want Santa drinking alone.

Ingredients
  • 1 ounce brandy or cognac
  • ½ ounce dark rum
  • 2 teaspoons simple syrup (or to taste; see Notes) 
  • ¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract (see Notes) 
  • 4 ounces whole milk or half and half (see Notes) 
  • freshly grated nutmeg for garnish (optional)
Procedure
  1. Add all ingredients (except garnish) to a cocktail shaker half filled with ice. Shake vigorously for 30 to 45 seconds. The more you shake this cocktail, the frothier the milk becomes—which leaves a nice head on the top of the drink when you pour it into a glass.
  2. Strain into a glass filled with shaved or crushed ice (see Notes for glass choices). Grate some nutmeg on top, if you wish, and serve.
The Milk Punch Cocktail

Notes
  • You can use either brandy or cognac in this drink. Cognac is just brandy that’s made in the area surrounding the town of Cognac in France. You needn’t buy expensive brandy for this drink—something in the range of $15 per bottle or so will work just fine.
  • We like to use dark rums from Jamaica in this drink. Myers’s works well (and we always have it on hand), so that’s what we use. But any dark rum works.
  • You may prefer to make this drink with 2 ounces of booze instead of 1½ ounces—it’s good either way, particularly since the flavor of the alcohol doesn’t dominate in this drink.
  • If you don’t want to mix two different spirits, you can use all brandy or all rum (dark or amber) in this drink. Or make it with bourbon.
  • This drink has a fair amount of volume, so use a glass that’s big enough to hold it. We like to serve it in stemless wine glasses. A highball glass or a double rocks glass also would be ideal. Or a brandy snifter.
  • Instead of serving this drink over ice, you could strain it into a really big cocktail glass and serve it “up.”
  • If you prefer to serve this drink warm, simply heat the milk or half and half on the stovetop (bring it just to a simmer). Add the milk to a mug along with the booze, pure vanilla extract, and simple syrup, then stir to combine. Enjoy!
  • You could use skim milk in this cocktail, but you’ll wind up with a thin, soulless drink. Whole milk is much better. Better still is half and half. Or whole milk and some cream. (Hey, this isn’t the time of the year to watch calories.)
  • You may like this drink a bit sweeter than we specify. If so, just add another teaspoon or so of simple syrup.
  • Want something less sweet? Start with just 1 teaspoon of simple syrup and taste.
  • You should use high quality (pure) vanilla extract in this recipe. Its flavor is so much better than the imitation kind.
  • Pure vanilla extract is made by soaking vanilla beans in a mixture of water and alcohol for several months. BTW, the FDA requires that pure vanilla extract contain at least 35% alcohol. If the label doesn’t say “pure,” that means it’s made from synthetic vanilla. The artificial kind is usually derived from the sapwood of several species of conifers—or from coal extracts. How appetizing (not).
  • The flavor of some imitation vanillas can be nasty. You don’t have to spend a fortune on pure vanilla extract, but getting decent quality does mean spending a bit more for something that’s not loaded with sugar or imitation flavoring. Do yourself a favor and get the real stuff. Or ask Santa to leave some in your stocking.
  • Freshly grated nutmeg tastes much better than the pre-grated stuff that comes in jars or cans. The easiest way to grate nutmeg is to use a Microplane grater.
  • Programming Note:  We’re taking the rest of the year off. So this is our last post for 2014, and after this week we won’t be visiting other blogs for a while. We’ll be back with a new post the first Wednesday of 2015.
The Milk Punch Cocktail

Our Christmas Loaf

“Mmmm, this goes down smooth,” said Mrs. Kitchen Riffs, taking a sip of her Milk Punch Cocktail.

“And these chocolate chip cookies pair perfectly with it,” I said.

“Milk and cookies for grownups,” said Mrs K R. “Not that there are any grownups around here.”

“Shall I mix us another round?” I asked, draining my glass.

“Why not?” said Mrs K R. “This is our last post of the year, so let’s celebrate with another of these beauties.”

“And more cookies,” I said. “It’s a great way to start our winter vacation.”

Happy Holidays, everyone! See you in January.

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146 comments:

All That I'm Eating said...

Really interesting, not had a cocktail like this before.

Sage Trifle said...

Grown up milk and cookies indeed. I've never heard of a milk punch cocktail but I love the idea. It reminds me of the Brandy Alexander of which I have fond memories. &@#?*^! That last photo with the foam and sprinkle of nutmeg makes my eyes happy. Merry Christmas, Rocquie

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Caroline, this is a really drink -- worth trying sometime. Thanks for the comment.

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Rocquie, this is pretty similar to a Brandy Alexander, although with a slightly different flavor. Good stuff! Thanks for the comment, and Merry Christmas!

Shibi Thomas said...

Milk punch sounds interesting. I never had this before. Have a wonder holiday!!!

Dottie said...

Hi John,
I am not a drinker, but this Milk Punch Cocktail I may just have to try. I love the combo of the ingredients. This reminds me of years ago when I used to drink Kahlua with milk. (Sombrero). That was my favorite. So I think I would love this one for sure.Wonderful info! Plus I think Santa would approve! I wish you and Mrs. Riffs a wonderful holiday season, plus a Happy New Year...See you in 2015! Enjoy!
Dottie :)

Everyday Maven said...

Forget Santa - I want someone to leave that out for me! holy yum

Nazneen Hamilton said...

I have never heard of Milk Punch but agree that Santa would definitely prefer this over just a plain glass of milk! I would say I'd try making this....but....it would just be milk, right? Wishing you and Mrs Riffs a great Christmas and a very Happy New Year, John!! See you in the New Year! Nazneen

Amira Ibraheem said...

Happy holidays for you and for Santa who will for sure need this beautiful drink to continue his journey :). Love your photos.

Cheri Savory Spoon said...

Hi John, this sounds delicious, almost like a Kahlua? My Santa would love a glass of this with his cookies Christmas Eve. Merry Christmas and Happy New Years to you and Mrs. Riffs.

Daniela Grimburg said...

This Cocktail is totally new to me and sounds terrific.
I think I'm going to invite Santa this year a Milk Punch Cocktail :)
Wishing you and Mrs. K.R. a wonderful Christmas!

Abbe@This is How I Cook said...

I see this in every Southern cookbook I own. So nice to know what it is really like and what a great change from eggnog. But I love your eggnog, too! John, have a great holiday and a fabulous new year. 2015? Sometimes I don't believe it is possible! Best wishes to Mrs. KR, too!

Nagi@RecipeTin Eats said...

Oooh, I love this. You are right, THIS is what Santa wants to be left!! No more cookies and milk. He wants cocktails and candied bacon! (So do I in fact!)

Holly | Beyond kimchee said...

Sounds delish! I've never thought you can make a cocktail with milk. Wonderful idea!

Hotly Spiced said...

Well Santa might already be drunk by the time he gets to you because we (and a lot of other Aussies) always leave him a bottle of beer. This is a great drink to enjoy on Christmas Eve. I'll be watching the Carols that are filmed live from Melbourne, wrapping gifts and sipping something just like this. I wish you and Mrs Riffs and all the Riffs' clan a very Merry Christmas xx

Kristi @ MSFK said...

This is so cute, I love it!! The "adult version" ;)

Denise Browning@From Brazil To You said...

This is the type of milk Santa would be definitely very happy... Ho, ho, ho!

Carol at Wild Goose Tea said...

You made me laugh!!!!! I love the punch. But it is soooooooooooo purrrrrrrrfect for
dear Santa. Laughing again----

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Shibi, this has a nice, subtle flavor -- very smooth drinking (which is both a plus and minus!). Thanks for the comment, and have a wonderful holiday!

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Dottie, Kahlua with milk is a classic! And if you like that, you'll like this (plus what we'll be posting about in January!). Thanks for the comment, and I hope your holidays are terrific!

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Alyssa, holy yum indeed! ;-) Thanks for the comment.

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Nazneen, I have it on good authority Santa would love this. ;-) Thanks for the comment, and I hope your holidays are wonderful!

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Amira, Santa would definitely love this! Ask me how I know. ;-) Thanks for the comment, and happy holidays!

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Cheri, you could definitely use Kahlua in this (there are a couple of similar drinks using Kahlua, too, that we'll discuss next year). Thanks for the comment, and Merry Christmas and Happy New Years!

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Daniela, Santa will love you! ;-) Thanks for the comment, and happy holidays!

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Abbe, yeah, how is it that 2015 is about to happen? Weird! Thanks for the comment, and happy holidays!

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Nagi, cocktails and candied bacon is a wonderful combo! And this cocktail in particular would be perfect. ;-) Thanks for the comment.

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Holly, there are several really good milk-based cocktails out there. They make such a smooth drink! Thanks for the comment.

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Charlie, it's so hot in Australia over Christmas that I'm sure Santa really appreciates the beer! Thanks for the comment, and I hope your holidays are wonderful!

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Kristi, isn't this a fun drink? This is how Mrs KR and I like our milk and cookies. ;-) Thanks for the comment.

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Carol, this really is what Santa craves. ;-) Thanks for the comment.

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Denise, Ho, ho, ho indeed! :-) Thanks for the comment.

Bizzy Lizzy's Good Things said...

Yeah baby, now you're talking! I can just imagine how delicious the milk moustache is from this one, John!

Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen said...

Oh wow! first time I've read about a milk and booze combination. Looks like Santas gonna have fun at your house, John!

Ala S said...

Hehe! You caught me--I would totally leave this drink out for Santa, and possibly eat all the cookies myself. Sounds like a divine combo!

~ Nee ~ said...

Hi John , I love the milk punch drink , now thanks to you I now know how to make them , thanks so much .
Happy Holidays to you and Mrs. KR and see you in January 2015 . ~~Nee~~

~~louise~~ said...

Hi John,
I think someone else mentioned it but, I too have seen Milk Punch recipes in a vareity of early cookbooks. I think most of them included Bourbon but I'm not sure.

I'm with Dottie on the Sombrero liking so there is no doubt I would like this drink too. I guess I could think of it as additional Vitamin D. (what am I talking about we haven't had sun in 9 days at least!) But, this drink is for Santa, again I jest, I want it NOW!!!

Thank you so much for sharing, John...Now I'm curious about that January post already:) Sending lots of good wishes your way this holiday season John and Mrs. K.R. Enjoy each and every moment, Louise "See" you next year!!!

Vicki Bensinger said...

OMG John this sounds delicious and best of all I have all the ingredients on hand. I think I will bring this to a party I'm going to next week. YUM!

Liz Berg said...

I'm sure Santa will be extra good to you this year if you leave him this milk punch! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and Mrs. K.R. See you in 2015!

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Lizzy, it's a great milk mustache! ;-) Thanks for the comment.

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Peachy, milk and booze really work well together -- fun combo. Thanks for the comment.

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Ala, I think Santa would be OK with you having all the cookies if he had one of these. ;-) Thanks for the comment.

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Nee, isn't this a nice recipe? Really flavorful, really smooth. Too smooth, maybe. ;-) Thanks for the comment, and happy holidays!

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Louise, bourbon is extremely common in this drink. I like the brandy and rum combo, but you're more likely to find bourbon in this. And yes, you need all the Vitamin D you can get. ;-) Thanks for the comment, and have a terrific holiday season!

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi VIcki, you'll be the hit of the party! Thanks for the comment.

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi LIz, I need all the help I can get with Santa! ;-) Thanks for the comment, and I hope you're holidays are wonderful!

GiGi Eats Celebrities said...

I would like to take a bath in that drink and bring a straw with me!!!! Mmmmm!

mjskit said...

I think I just found a great replacement for eggnog. I love eggnog, but it's just too rich and so very high in calories. This cocktail still looks rich and frothy, with less calories. The use of dark run really caught my eye because I love a good dark rum. Thanks so much for sharing this John! I think I'll make a batch of biscottis tomorrow to go with this. I love it!

Julia | JuliasAlbum.com said...

John, you just keep making all those cocktails making everybody crave them! I love this cocktail in particular. It reminds me of something I drank during my childhood - mind you, without alcohol. :) This is something I might have to make pretty soon!

Ansh said...

Happy Holidays! Santa is going yo put you in the NICE list ! Sounds like a perfect drink to sip with him while he is handing over my presents to me :D

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi GiGi, that would definitely be an interesting milk bath! Thanks for the comment.

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi MJ, this is definitely lighter than eggnog. The flavor isn't as full, but is much more refreshing. You'll love it! Thanks for the comment.

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Julia, this really is a nice drink -- loads of flavor, and such a smooth sipper. Plus it has a lot of volume, so it'll last quite some time. Thanks for the comment.

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Ansh, it's about time Santa put me on the nice list! ;-) Thanks for the comment. and happy holidays!

Adri said...

Merry Christmas to you! I love a nice Milk Punch, and something tells me this one is Santa tested and approved!

Anonymous said...

we loved reading and smiling all through this lovely post....what an interesting and fun introduction to this delicious cocktail....this sure is going to make the Santa of our home happy,thanks so much...HAVE A VERY MERRY HOLIDAY! :-)

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Adri, Santa loves this stuff. ;-) Thanks for the comment, and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Kumar, isn't this a fun drink? We loved it! Thanks for the comment, and I hope you have a terrific holiday season!

Raymund said...

Very festive drink, nice one!

Lizzy (Good Things) said...

Hi John, love this so much I've included in my good things favourites round up this week. A real treat for Santa!

Laura Dembowski said...

Milk punch sounds really nice and like the perfect complement to any cookie!

Juliana said...

Hahaha! Yes, John, I am sure that Santa will be much happier with this "milk" than the plain one...I just hope he does not miss the chimney after a few of these...
This milk cocktail looks delicious, and so simple to make...even on ice sound warm.
Hope you are having a great week :)

Beth said...

Happy holidays to you and Mrs KR, John! This is a great way to close out the year.

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Raymund, this has festive written all over it. So to speak. ;-) Thanks for the comment.

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Lizzy, aw, that's so nice! Thank you very much!

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Laura, Milk Punch really goes great with cookies -- truly is the adult version of milk and cookies! Thanks for the comment.

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Juliana, good point about hoping Santa doesn't miss the chimney after a few of these! But I suspect Santa has learned to be careful. ;-) Thanks for the comment.

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Beth, isn't this a fun way to end the year? Thanks for the comment, and Happy Holidays!

Food Gal said...

Oh, does that ever look good! But if you left it out for Santa, would he ever complete his route? LOL

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Carolyn, actually, you've tumbled onto our plot -- we figure once Santa downs this, he won't finish his route. So we'll get all the gifts! :-) Thanks for the comment.

Srivalli said...

The cookies and the drink sounds too delicious to be left out like that!..I would love to munch on those cookies for sure..since I don't take cocktail, maybe a mocktail for the likes of us?..:)

Marcela said...

Great cocktail idea! I'd die to drink it with whole plate of delicious cookies!

ChgoJohn said...

Haven't heard of a milk punch, John, but I do like the sound of it for a Christmas brunch. It would be an unexpected change from egg nog in the punch bowl. Living in an increasingly lactose-intolerant world, I'd hate to give my guests the gift of digestive distress. I'll just make them twice as strong to limit there dairy intake. I'm a thoughtful host. :D
Enjoy your time off, John. Happy holidays to you and all the Riffs. See you in 2015.

Karen Harris said...

I have actually had this several times and actually prefer it to eggnog which I find a little bit too heavy. Thanks for resurrecting this old favorite. It is perfect for Christmas Eve.

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Srivalli, you could add some rum extract to this to make a mocktail. But rum extract (and vanilla extract, for that matter) does contain some alcohol -- but a very small quantity. Thanks for the comment.

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Marcela, you need to try this -- you can drink again! Thanks for the comment.

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi John, LOL -- you are indeed a thoughtful host. ;-) Thanks for the comment, John, and Merry Christmas and Happy New Years!

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Karen, this really is perfect for Christmas Eve! And much less heavy than eggnog. Thanks for the comment.

Choc Chip Uru @ Go Bake Yourself said...

This cocktail looks absolutely awesome, it is one I could have for breakfast almost! (5pm somewhere!)
It would be perfect though to give Santa a little kick no doubt! :P

Cheers
Choc Chip Uru

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Uru, this often is a brunch drink, so breakfast would be perfect. ;-) Thanks for the comment.

Amy (Savory Moments) said...

This is another winner of a cocktail! I'm pinning this for sure. It looks delicious and festive! Cheers!

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Amy, isn't this nice? Lovely flavor! Thanks for the comment.

Barb | Creative Culinary said...

I love Milk Punch but only cold and with half and half. Might as well indulge right? Hope the Mrs had a nice birthday and Happy Holidays to both of you!

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Barb, you really do want to indulge with this drink, IMO. So half and half all the way! :-) Thanks for the comment, and Happy Holidays!

alex @ Intoxicology said...

We love this stuff. We've been making it as a breakfast drink for years after visiting New Orleans several years ago.

Brooks said...

Yup, if I were Santa Claus, this beverage is just what I'd hope to find. Excellent work, John. Cheers, and Happy Holidays!

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Alex, this really is such a good drink, isn't it? It's become one of my favorites! Thanks for the comment.

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Brooks, Santa would be delighted to get one of these! Me too. ;-) Thanks for the comment, and Happy Holidays!

Helene Dsouza said...

If Santa isn't having it, I will have your milk punch. I certainly need more substance and your drink fits perfectly to my mood right now. Thank you for sharing and I wish you guys a merry Christmas!

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Helene, I have a feeling Santa will want this. So I'll make another for you! ;-) Thanks for the comment, and Merry Christmas!

Purabi Naha said...

What a lovely drink and just apt for the festive season. I have good quality dark rum at home, and I am sure that this recipe will do full justice to the same. Wish you a Merry Christmas in advance! Have a fantastic time ahead...

Ashley Presciutti said...

I bet this would be popular at my New Year's party this year. Thanks for the great idea!

Sippity Sup said...

Served this at our Christmas party. It was a hit. So simple for a crowd too. GREG
PS I am going to S. America for almost a month. I hope to post from there but who knows. Either way. I shall return. GREG

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Purabi, dark rum is wonderful in this drink -- you'll like it. ;-) Thanks for the comment, and Happy Holidays!

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Ashley, this is a wonderful party drink! Enjoy. ;-) Thanks for the comment.

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Greg, I'll bet this was a hit! Such a wonderful drink. And wow, South America?! Have a terrific time! And thanks for the comment.

Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl said...

I love the holiday spirit you gave this cocktail! Perfect with some cookies I'm sure. Have a great holiday!

Merryn@merrynsmenu said...

Wishing you and Mrs KR a very happy Christmas and a relaxing festive season. This is a great Christmas drink, served cold for those of us in Australia :D

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Pamela, I usually don't think of cookies combining all that well with cocktails, but the combo really works with this drink! Thanks for the comment, and Happy Holidays!

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Merryn, you'd definitely want it cold, with your hot summer! Thanks for the comment, and Happy Holidays!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Exquisitely festive!

Happy Holidays and best wishes for 2015!

Cheers,

Rosa

Easyfoodsmith said...

Milk Punch sounds perfect for the season. Interestingly I too posted a recipe similar to yours; only mine has spices in it :)

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Rosa, this is such a nice drink! Really fun flavor. Thanks for the comment, and Happy Holidays!

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Taruna, spices sound good! ;-) I'll bet yours is wonderful. Thanks for the comment.

Mireya Merritt said...

It sounds like Eggnog without the egg. I'm going to have to give this a try because eggnog is just too rich for me. Merry Christmas!

Kitchen Riffs said...

HI Mireya, this is very much like eggnog. And although this isn't a "light" drink, it definitely is much lighter than eggnog. Really worth trying! Thanks for the comment, and Happy Holidays!

Chris Scheuer said...

Oh how fun! Sounds wonderful and so pretty too! Have a blessed holiday and a good break John!

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Chris, this really is pretty -- and tastes even better than it looks. Thanks for the comment, and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Zoe said...

Hi John,

If santa is not drinking this cocktail, it will be mine!!! LOL!

Have a wonderful Christmas and a happy 2015!

Zoe

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Zoe, you and Santa may have to fight for it! ;-) Thanks for the comment, and Happy Holidays!

~~louise~~ said...

Merry Christmas John! Here's to an imbiding New Year, Cheers!!!

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Louise, Merry Christmas! :-)

GlutenFreeHappyTummy said...

wow this sounds like a great drink to cozy up with!

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi GFHT, it really is a pleasant drink -- almost like dessert! Thanks for the comment.

Karen (Back Road Journal) said...

I've had a milk punch at Brennan's in New Orleans…a great way to start a brunch. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

~ Nee ~ said...

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from my family to yuurs ...~~Nee~~ :)

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Karen, isn't this a good drink? And having it at Brennan's must have been fun! Thanks for the comment, and Happy Holidays!

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Nee, thanks, and Happy Holidays to you and yours, too!

Amelia said...

Hi John, Merry Christmas to you and family. Your creamy milk punch look absolutely delightful. Thanks for sharing your wonderful recipe. Nice click!

Have a great holiday.
Amelia

lisa is cooking said...

Love that this is lighter than eggnog but has all those same great flavors! Hope you're having a wonderful Holiday season!

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Amelia, isn't this a fun recipe? So tasty! Thanks for the comment, and Merry Christmas!

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Lisa, the flavor is quite similar to eggnog, but it's loads lighter. Which is a good thing, particularly at this time of the year. Thanks for the comment, and Happy Holidays!

Simones Kitchen said...

That looks amazing and delicious. And since Santas come and gone already I'm thinking of making this for New Years... Wishing you and mrs K a wonderful New Years and all the best for the year to come!

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Simone, this would be wonderful for New Years! Thanks for the comment, and I hope next year is wonderful for you!

Suzanne Perazzini said...

I do love the look and sound of that cocktail. Anything creamy or milky is instantly appealing. Santa Claus was a lucky man this Christmas if you left it out for him.

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Suzanne, Santa was indeed lucky! This is a wonderful drink, isn't it? Hope you had a great holiday season! Thanks for the comment.

~~louise~~ said...

Hi John, just popping in to wish you and Mrs. K.R a Happy and Healthy New Year! Be safe and have FUN!!! "See" you next year!!!

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Louise, Happy New Year! :-)

Karen (Back Road Journal) said...

Just wanted to stop back by and wish you all the best in this New Year.

Anonymous said...

A VERY VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR TO BOTH OF YOU!!! Awaiting your delicious recipes,thanks :-)

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Karen, thanks! And Happy New Year!

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Kumar, thanks! And Happy New Year!

Shashi Charles said...

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!! Yup -this would make any milk hater wanna drink more milk ;)

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Shashi, this drink definitely would get one to crave milk. ;-) Thanks for the comment, and I hope your holidays were wonderful!

Nami | Just One Cookbook said...

What a great drink for Santa! Santa would be so happy coming to my house if I serve this. ;) Happy New Year to you John and Mrs. KR!

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Nami, I have it on good authority that Santa adores this. ;-) Thanks for the comment, and Happy New Year!

Gourmet Getaways said...

A very Santa punch, indeed! Another excellent concoction! Makes me really thirsty now! Calorie watching is in a halt!

Happy New Year!
Julie & Alesah
Gourmet Getaways xx

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Julie & Alesah, this definitely isn't the time of year for calorie watching! Thanks for the comment, and Happy New Year!

Bam's Kitchen said...

Wishing you and Mrs. Riff a super 2015. This is a fantastic milk and cookies for adults.

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Bam, this really is milk and cookies for adults! Fun stuff. ;-) Thanks for the comment, and Happy New Year!

Asha Shivakumar said...

A VERY VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR MY FRIEND!!!
Have a fabulous 2015. I'm loving this punch.

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Asha, isn't this a nice drink? Lovely flavor. ;-) Thanks for the comment, and Happy New Year!

Terra said...

I love learning about new-to-me cocktails, and this one I have never heard of before. Love the history behind this drink, and all the ingredients included. I have pinned your recipes I was behind on, and happy to be back to blog love again. Hope you have a Very Happy New Year! Take care, Terra

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Terra, this is really a terrific drink! We love its flavor. ;-) Thanks for the comment, and Happy New Year!

Kiran @ KiranTarun.com said...

I bet this drink would cancel out my masala chai, any day ;)

Kitchen Riffs said...

Hi Kiran, this would complement that beverage nicely! :-) Thanks for the comment.