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Got Milk Punch? The Non-Eggnog

Got Milk Punch? The Non-Eggnog

Oh, eggnog. Naughty, naughty eggnog with its thick, sweet creaminess,  fragrant nutmeg, and gentle brandy bite. So irrestible, yet so decadent with the heavy cream, sugar and raw eggs. This year, I will forsake eggnog for my new holiday hero from New Orleans: Brandy Milk Punch. This healthier classic replaces eggnog’s debauchery with tamer, more wholesome ingredients, but still packs a luscious wallop. It’s for the best.

Besides the obvious nutritional advantages of milk punch over eggnog, it is much easier to prepare and is exceedingly party-friendly. It can be made ahead and kept in the freezer, where the spirits keep it from freezing and impart it with a slushy (lushy) thickness that makes it seem far more decadent than it is. If your serving pitcher won’t fit in your freezer, just use a pitcher (or bowl) that will fit and decant it before serving.

For the vegan version, substitute hemp milk for the dairy and agave syrup for the honey. Just as delicious.

2/3 cup honey
1 1/2 cups brandy (or bourbon, rum, or a mix of them for 1 1/2 cups total)
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
1/2 gallon organic whole milk
Grated nutmeg

Add honey, spirits, and vanilla to a large pitcher (see note above) and stir until well blended. Stir in milk and place in freezer for several hours. Before serving, stir and garnish with nutmeg.

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.


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5:40PM PDT on May 2, 2013

Thank you :)

1:06PM PST on Mar 8, 2013


7:14PM PST on Feb 13, 2013

Thank you

1:09AM PST on Dec 20, 2012

sounds good, thanks for sharing

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11:23AM PDT on Sep 29, 2012

wow, that's a lotta calories.

1:44AM PDT on Aug 24, 2012


7:00AM PDT on Aug 23, 2012

nije za mene ali hvala

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