Cocktail Post – The Milk Punch

“Appearances can be deceiving. Take, for example, Clarified Milk Punch, an old English preparation that dates back nearly three centuries. You’d never guess at first glance that milk is a main ingredient in the punch, but thanks to a little liquid alchemy—based upon acid’s curdling effects when mixed with dairy—this milk-rich punch can be clear as day. Combining a host of spirits and spices with a grassy green tea, Lay lets his mixture meld before its final strain. The result? A silken, spirited punch that withstands the test of time.” Imbibe Magazine (2015).

Milk Punch


600ml Pere Magloire VS
200ml Grand Marnier
150ml Dark Rum
150ml Aged Rum
240ml Lemon Juice (+90ml for later)
60ml Lime
720ml Fresh Pineapple Juice
6 Cloves
30 Coriander Seeds
3 All Spice berries
3 Star Anice
1 Cinnamon Stick
500ml Rooibos Tea
400g Sugar
8 Peels of Lemons
1200ml Milk

2 large, airtight containers
Cutting board
Sharp knife
Mortar and pestle
Wooden spoon
Large saucepan
Chinois strainer

1. Zest the lemons, taking care to avoid the white pith. Add the zest to a large airtight container.

2. Coarsely grind the spices (if no mortar and pestle you can add hole but will impart less flavour). Add the spices to the container, along with the sugar and the lemon & lime juice. Muddle the mixture.

3. Add Pineapple Juice to the lemon peels.

4. Pour in the brewed tea as well as the spirits and bitters and stir to combine. Add boiling water and cover immediately. Let for 3 days in the refrigerator, then strain the mixture into a clean container.

5. Bring the milk to just before boiling, think cappuccino temperature. Add the milk and the remaining lemon juice to the strained mixture—the milk will curdle and the solids will coagulate. Leave in the fridge for 8 hours.

6. Strain the liquid a little at a time through a fine chinois lined with cheesecloth. Strain again with clean coffee filters if needed.

Served over block ice and Garnish with Nutmeg!