Bourbon Milk Punch

If you’ve never had a milk punch I urge you to make one, it’s an absolutely awesome dessert cocktail made with Bourbon or brandy, milk and/or cream, vanilla extract, sugar and a smidgen of nutmeg. It may look like a winter drink but it’s actually great any time of the year!

Bourbon Milk Punch

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Apparently the milk punch has been around for centuries but it is new to me, I came across it for the first time a few weeks ago. Being a big cream and (more recently) also Bourbon fan I had to try it and, unsurprisingly, I loved it. It’s creamy (yeah), sweet (yeah), boozy (yeah) and thanks to the ice it’s quite refreshing at the same time.


Bourbon Milk Punch Recipe

serves 1


  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1.5 tablespoons simple syrup
  • 2.5 tablespoons Bourbon
  • pinch of grated nutmeg



  1. Mix milk, cream, vanilla and syrup together.
  2. Mix in the Bourbon, then pour into a glass, sprinkle with nutmeg and serve with 2 ice cubes.


Food Photography and Styling:I went to Floor & Decor the other day and got myself a second marble tile so now I can use one as a surface and the other as the backdrop at the same time and that’s what I did here. The marble cream colors and overall elegance worked well in combination with this drink (in my opinion). I thought about how to convey through the photo what the main ingredients of this recipe are. The dairy is clearly visible in the drink, the nutmeg I placed in the composition (both whole and a few sprinkles of grated nutmeg as well) but the Bourbon was very tricky. I tried to set a decanter filled with Bourbon in the background but its color drew too much attention away from the drink so I resorted to plan b, which was to simply write the recipe name on the photo.

Nikon D600, 105mm, f/4, 1/125 sec., ISO 100. One Hensel Integra Pro Plus 500 Monolight, 35″ x 58″ Softbox.

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    • Nicole B. says:

      Thank you, Angela! It is very similar to a Brandy Alexander, some recipes are actually identical but I’ve also seen a few that add creme de cacao to the Alexander. (Need to get a bottle of creme de cacao, I’ve never had it but sounds delicious). :)

    • Nicole B. says:

      Thank you, Debs! I love the everyday, always-in-the-house ingredient list too, when I came across the recipe I thought “I can make that right now!”

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