Bourbon Milk Punch Recipe

Bourbon Milk Punch is a classic cocktail that originated in Southern New Orleans in the 19th century. It’s a rich and enjoyable drink that combines whole milk’s richness with bourbon whiskey’s warmth. This cocktail is the perfect choice for a late breakfast or before a good night’s sleep.

Bourbon Milk Punch Recipe

Bourbon Milk Punch Recipe

Bourbon Milk Punch is perfect for sipping on a cozy evening or as a comforting dessert cocktail.
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 6 minutes
Course Drinks
Servings 1 drink
Calories 260 kcal


  • Cocktail shaker
  • Double old-fashioned glass
  • Ice cubes
  • Grater (for nutmeg garnish)


  • 2 oz Bourbon whiskey
  • 3 oz Whole milk or half-and-half
  • 1 oz Simple syrup 1:1 sugar syrup
  • Vanilla extract
  • Fresh nutmeg for garnish


  • In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add 2 oz of bourbon whiskey.
    2 oz Bourbon whiskey
  • Pour in 3 oz of whole milk (or half-and-half) for a creamy texture.
    3 oz Whole milk
  • Add 1 oz of simple syrup (made by mixing equal parts sugar and water).
    1 oz Simple syrup
  • Add 2-3 dashes of vanilla extract, providing a subtle hint of flavor.
    Vanilla extract
  • Shake the mixture vigorously until well-chilled, for 10 seconds.
  • Strain the cocktail into a double old-fashioned glass.
  • Garnish by grating fresh nutmeg on top for a delightful aroma and taste.
    Fresh nutmeg for garnish
  • Sip and enjoy your Bourbon Milk Punch!



Pro Tips for Success:

  • Use a good-quality bourbon for the best flavor.
  • Freshly grated nutmeg offers the best aroma and taste.
  • Adjust the sweetness by adding more or less simple syrup to suit your preference.
  • You can serve this cocktail on ice if desired.

Nutrition: (Per Serving)

  • Calories: 220 kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 18g
  • Fat: 2g
  • Protein: 2g
  • Sugar: 18g
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What does bourbon milk punch taste like?

Bourbon Milk Punch has a well-rounded, slightly sweet flavor and is perfect for those who like the combination of cream and spirit with a touch of warmth and sophistication.

  • Whole milk brings fat and creates a pleasant scent.
  • Bourbon whiskey offers a warm and slightly sweet character with hints of vanilla, caramel, and oak. It is not too strong but adds depth to the drink’s flavor.
  • Simple syrup (sugar syrup) adds sweetness and can be adjusted to taste by adding more or less syrup.
  • The vanilla flavor enhances the overall taste, creating a pleasant aroma.
  • Garnishing with nutmeg will add a highlight to the flavor for those who like to sip

Is milk punch the same as eggnog?

Milk Punch and Eggnog are creamy, dairy-based drinks often enjoyed during the holiday season but have distinct differences. Here’s a comparison of the two:

AspectMilk PunchEggnog
Primary BaseBourbon or BrandyEggs and Dairy (Milk and Cream)
Main Flavor ProfileCreamy and Spirit-ForwardCreamy and Custard-Like with a Rich Nutmeg Flavor
Key IngredientsMilk, Bourbon or Brandy, Simple Syrup, VanillaEggs, Milk, Cream, Sugar, Nutmeg
EggsTypically noneContains raw or cooked eggs (heat-treated or pasteurized in commercial versions)
Alcohol ContentModerate, with the warmth of bourbon or brandyVaries, and can be moderate to high, depending on recipe and preference
Spice/SeasoningsOften garnished with nutmegNutmeg, Cinnamon, and sometimes other spices
Flavor VariationsVariations include fruit extracts, syrups, and spicesVariations include rum or other spirits, additional spices, and flavor extracts
Regional VariationsPopular in the American South, particularly New OrleansPopular worldwide, with regional variations
OccasionServed year-round, but commonly enjoyed as a brunch cocktailTraditionally served during the holiday season
Traditions and HistoryA classic Southern cocktail, with variations dating back to the 19th centuryHistoric holiday drink with origins in medieval Europe