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Nov 15, 2012 01:57 PM

Brandy Milk Punch

Can anyone lead me to a great recipe?

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  1. And just some background - I just got back from NOLA last week, I had my first Milk Punch ever at Mr. B's. I liked it....

    1. You bet! This was my mother's favorite drink and my husband and I have adopted it as our Thanksgiving (and brunch) tradition. If you can, pick up a copy of the Commander's Palace drinks recipe book -- In The Land of Cocktails. That is the recipe I use and they have great recipes for all sorts of drinks. In the meantime:
      The Brandy Milk Punch
      1 ½ ounces brandy (look for Napoleon, it's cheap but does the trick!)
      1 ounce simple syrup
      ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
      A couple ounces of Half-and-half
      Cubed ice
      Grated nutmeg
      Pour brandy, simple syrup, vanilla extract and half-and-half into a pint glass. Add ice to a shaker and shake the concoction until well mixed and frothy. Add cubed ice to a rocks glass and, using a strainer, pour the mixture into it. Top with a bit of grated nutmeg.

      Adjust sugar, nutmeg, brandy to your liking but this is a great start!

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        1. re: JBride

          Just to clarify - Napoleon is an age statement for brandy, not a brand. I can't find a definitive standard but I believe it is between VSOP and XO.

          1. re: JBride

            That's the exact same recipe that Chris McMillan uses in NOLA.

            Here's another version from Jean Lafitte’s Old Absinthe House, New Orleans
            1 1/4 oz. brandy
            1/2 oz. simple syrup
            4 dashes vanilla extract
            2 1/4 oz. milk
            Ice cubes
            Tools: shaker, strainer
            Glass: highball
            Garnish: 2 dashes vanilla extract and freshly grated nutmeg

            Combine all ingredients with ice and shake. Strain into an ice-filled glass and garnish.

          2. I believe "Napoleon" for brandy means the youngest part of the blend is at least 4 years old. I could be mistaken, Mis-remembering, or mislead by research. Cheers.

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            1. re: DrinkinLife

              It says that on wikipedia - but then I saw another page where it said 6 1/2 years - and neither of them was from a particularly authoritative source.

              All I know is I have a bottle of Marie Duffau napoleon Armagnac in my cart for an order I have been working on from Astor Wine and Spirits, which comes highly recommended at a very reasonable $33.