Can we talk? I have something that I’ve been thinking about for quite some time. Before we get all serious, let me pour you a mug of milk punch. (Deeeeelicious, huh?)
By a show of hands, how many of you have a dog? How many of you live with multiple dogs?
I have one dog. I’m sure you’ve heard of my little pup-peroni Charlie. He is 3 1/2 years old and he’s the love of my life (sorry Alex, you know it’s the truth). He’s my best friend, my mini sous chef (meaning he’s the kitchen crumbs cleaner), and he has brought so much joy and happiness to the family. Lately, I’ve been wondering if he needed/wanted a little sibling (obviously the puppy kind, not the baby kind).
Charlie goes crazy whenever we go to the dog park. He’s always the most social dog there, greeting every dog AND human within the vicinity. Since I work from home, Charlie is hardly ever alone. I’m sure he’s not lonely, but I wonder if a second dog would be beneficial to him? Anyway, this leads me to the BIG question: how do you know if you’re ready to add a second dog to the family?
I have been researching the do’s and don’ts like crazy. I’m afraid they won’t get along. I’m afraid they’ll get along too well and boot me out. I’m afraid there will be sibling rivalry. Anyway, I’d love to hear your thoughts, experiences, comments.
Okay, I’m done venting. Let’s get back to the milk punch. Would you like a refill?
Spiced milk is cozy, comforting and perfect for autumn/winter nights. My spiced milk includes a combination of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. To me, those three spices are the trifecta of winter flavors. As if spiced milk wasn’t good enough on its own, we’re going to make it even better with a splash of whiskey! Bourbon, rum, or brandy also works. You can drink milk punch warm or chilled, any way you like it.
Warm milk punch with a dollop of sweetened whipped cream is the perfect hot chocolate alternative to chocolate haters. Yes, chocolate haters exist. And if I come across one, I need to make sure that I can make a warm beverage that they’ll enjoy.
Eggnog is banned at family holiday parties due to my brother’s extreme dislike for anything with eggs. Yes, he hates eggs. This year, I’m going to ease him into at least trying eggnog by introducing him to this milk punch. Since we’re both whiskey/bourbon/scotch drinkers, I’m hoping a heavy pour of booze will have him loving his drink. It’s not as creamy and sweet as eggnog, but it’ll be a great starting point. Who knows maybe in a couple years, I’ll be able to serve eggnog!
Happy almost Thanksgiving, everyone! I have one more post to share with you before the big day!
Spiced milk with whiskey and a dollop of sweetened whipped cream. It's your boozy alternative to hot chocolate this holiday season. Grab a cup and drink up!
Yield: makes four 1/2 cup servings
- 1/4 cup spiced milk
- 1 1/2 oz bourbon whiskey of choice
- sweetened whipped cream
- 2 cups whole milk
- 2 Tbsp light brown sugar, packed
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 12 cloves
- 1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
Sweetened Whipped Cream:
- 1 cup heavy cream, chilled
- 1 Tbsp powdered sugar
- Warm up spiced milk. Combine spiced milk and bourbon. Top with whipped cream. Garnish with additional grated nutmeg. Serve warm.
Spiced Milk: In medium sauce pot, combine milk, brown sugar, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat. Cover with lid and allow spices to steep for 20 minutes. Strain spices.
Sweetened Whipped Cream: Using a whisk or a handheld mixer, whip chilled cream and powdered sugar to medium peaks. Keep covered and chill in the fridge until ready to use.
The Little Epicurean