Its Mardi Gras season and I love the music, food and people, but I look most forward to the Brandy Milk Punch! I would rather have a glass of this punch than the King Cake-if I have to choose. It is a classic cocktail served mostly at a New Orleans brunch, most specifically Brennan’s, but during Mardi Gras it is served ALL day long everywhere.

This cocktail also helps if you have had a little too much fun the night before. In Colonial times Brandy was thought to have medicinal properties so go ahead and drink up, but caution it packs a punch so be sure you have the day to “brunch”.

It is traditionally served with a French Brandy, but it is also made with Bourbon, which I prefer. And I have even seen it made with rum so the choice is yours!

Enjoy and Drink Up!

Brandy (or Bourbon) Milk Punch

A classic New Orleans Cocktail served mostly at brunch, but can be enjoyed all day, and night,  long.  

Servings 2


  • 2 oz Brandy or Bourbon or Rum
  • 2 teaspoons simple syrup
  • 2 dashes vanilla extract
  • 4 oz whole milk or half and half
  • grated nutmeg


  1. Combine liquid ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake for 30 seconds. 

  2. Strain into a glass filled with large ice cubes (the larger the cubes the slower it will melt and dilute your drink)

  3. Garnish with nutmeg. Remember a little goes a long way. 



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