Milk Punch (Spiced Milk with Whiskey)

Warm milk punch (spiced milk with whiskey) with a dollop of sweetened whipped cream is the perfect hot chocolate alternative to chocolate haters.

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?

Milk Punch Ingredients

Milk Punch (Spiced Milk with Whiskey)

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.

Milk Punch (Spiced Milk with Whiskey)

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.

Happy almost Thanksgiving, everyone! I have one more post to share with you before the big day!

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

Author Maryanne Cabrera

Ingredients

per serving:

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

Spiced Milk:

  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 Tablespoon light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 12 cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

Sweetened Whipped Cream:

  • 1 cup heavy cream, chilled
  • 1 Tablespoon powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Warm up spiced milk.  Combine spiced milk and bourbon.  Top with whipped cream.  Garnish with additional grated nutmeg.  Serve warm.

Spiced Milk:

  1. 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:

  1. 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.

Milk Punch (Spiced Milk with Whiskey)

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Frank+Mosher

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!

Jen+@+Baked+by+an+Introvert

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

    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!

Sarah | Broma Bakery

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

    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 :)

Lindsay

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

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

Thalia @ butter and brioche

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

Carla (@charliesue)

I need this. Warm milk. YES.

Karen @ The Food Charlatan

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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An impressive share! I have just forwarded this onto a colleague who had been conducting a little research on this.
And he actually bought me breakfast due to the fact that I found it for him…
lol. So allow me to reword this…. Thank YOU for
the meal!! But yeah, thanks for spending time to discuss this issue here
on your site.

Milena | Craft Beering

What? I cannot believe someone doesn’t like eggs. Have you shown your brother that one picture of your beer buns egg sandwich? Hope you can convert him, lol. Spiced milk is such a treat on its own, but with some whiskey or rum added, mmm. I’ll take that refill you offered and since I have no meaningful advice on adding a puppy to your fam will stick with the punch and let those who are experts counsel you. And wait for the pictures of the puppy:) Pinned! Cheers!

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