Warming Up: Day 3

Today was so cold my dogs refused to go outside to take care of their business.  Continuing the week’s theme of hot drinks to warm a person up, I present my own heated variant of a New Orleans classic:

Hot Bourbon Milk Punch

Hot Bourbon Milk Punch

Between the drink and the glass, I swear I didn't time warp out of the 70s.

  • 2 oz bourbon
  • 1 1/2 tsp honey
  • 1 1/2 tsp dark rum
  • 3 oz hot milk (be very careful not to boil)
  • ground cinnamon
  • grated nutmeg

Combine bourbon, honey, and rum in a warmed Irish coffee glass and mix well.  Add the milk and garnish with cinnamon and nutmeg.  Milk cools off quite quickly, so it’s important to get to the drinking early (although it’s still good — in fact, many variants of this drink are shaken with ice and served cold).

This can be customized in any number of ways.  Feel free to use brandy instead of bourbon, or switch out the honey with another sweetener like maple syrup or simple syrup.  Switch out some of the milk with half and half cream.  Spiced rum can add an entirely new dimension.