The Little Epicurean

Nov 25 2014

Milk Punch (Spiced Milk with Whiskey)

Milk Punch (Spiced Milk with Whiskey)

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.

Milk Punch Ingredients

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.

Milk Punch (Spiced Milk with Whiskey)

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!

Print Recipe

Milk Punch

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


per serving:

  • 1/4 cup spiced milk
  • 1 1/2 oz bourbon whiskey of choice
  • sweetened whipped cream

Spiced Milk:

  • 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


  1. 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

Milk Punch (Spiced Milk with Whiskey)


15 Responses to “Milk Punch (Spiced Milk with Whiskey)”

  1. November 26, 2014
    8:03 am
    Frank+Mosher says...

    Looks like a great drink, however, in Eastern Canada, the preferred drink at Christmas and New Years is Rum and Egg Nog. One can use a spiced rum, and always with a touch of nutmeg. Egg Nog is available from every dairy, no fat, light, or regular. Only three ingredients. I’m afraid after I had a couple of your Milk Punches, I would get confused very quickly in assembling another few. LOL.
    Have a great Thanksgiving!

    • Maryanne Cabrera replied...

      lol, thanks Frank! Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

  2. November 26, 2014
    8:55 am

    I also have a 3 yr old dog and have pondered the idea of getting him a sibling. He’s a special case though. He had a traumatic experience when he was 6 months old. Now he’s extremely skiddish and unpredictable. We’ve wondered if a more dominate dog, who’d become leader, would help him. We have 2 cats as well so it’s much more difficult to add another dog to the family. If Charlie is friendly with other dogs at the dog park, I’m sure he’d do fine with a new dog in the house. And you have a better chance if you bring a puppy in instead of an older dog. Charlie can help house train it :-) I’m sure whatever you decide to do will be right for your family. By the way, this milk punch sounds incredible!

    • Maryanne Cabrera replied...

      Thanks Jen! I really appreciate your input :) I’ve been told that already having a dog helps the puppy with house training. That would be a BIG help!

  3. November 26, 2014
    10:03 am

    Gor-JUSS! This sounds like a great eggnog alternative. And though I can’t speak for dogs, I do have two cats. Frankly, I don’t think there ever is a perfect time to introduce a second pet. It’s always going to be an adjustment. But what I do know is that once that period is over, it’s amazing! Animals love socializing. Go for it!

    • Maryanne Cabrera replied...

      Thanks Sarah! My boyfriend mentioned the same thing about no perfect time. You just do it and adapt. The little puppy is still too young to take home, but I’m hoping Charlie will love him :)

  4. November 26, 2014
    1:45 pm
    Lindsay says...

    I have two dogs, both the same age (12 years) and the same breed (Shiba Inu). However, I’ve had one since he was a puppy and the other since he was 6 years old. They get along well and definitely keep each other company, which is nice for both them and me. However, add a second dog definitely changed the dynamic. Going places with them became much more of a production – they can be a handful when they each want to go in a different direction, so I tend to go on fewer adventures with the dogs now. It also costs twice as much to get nails trimmed at the vet, to do the monthly Frontline and heartworm meds, and to arrange for vacation care/dog walking – expenses that add up quickly. I also can’t give them treats that aren’t “single-serving”, like bones, because they both want the same one and start bickering. I love having my boys and they are an adorable pair, but it definitely changed from being me and my boy going everywhere together to me having two dogs that mostly stay home. So basically there are both good and bad things to consider. I don’t regret getting a second dog, but I miss the freedom and the closer companionship I had when there was just one.

    • Maryanne Cabrera replied...

      Thanks for the words of wisdom, Lindsay! These are all great points I need to consider. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving :)

  5. November 26, 2014
    9:00 pm

    Oh my GOD this milk punch looks and sounds delicious. Definitely a recipe I will be making this upcoming Christmas period!

    • Maryanne Cabrera replied...

      Great! I can’t wait for you to try it! Cheers :)

  6. November 29, 2014
    8:17 pm

    I need this. Warm milk. YES.

  7. November 29, 2014
    10:42 pm

    This seriously sounds like a dream come true. I’m not an eggnog lover either (I know, I know, the shame!) but milk and I? We’re bff. Happy Thanksgiving Maryanne!

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