Scotch Milk Punch

Milk Punch is a beautifully simple drink that's delicious cold or warm. You can't get much more comforting than this silky scotch and milk cocktail, sprinkled with a dash of nutmeg. Trade in your eggnog this festive season, or add it to your brunch menu New Orleans style.



ml oz
Ingredients Unit
The Glenlivet 12 Year Old
50 ml
Powdered Sugar
1 tsp.
Your Milk Of Choice
230 ml
Nutmeg To Garnish


  1. Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker and shake.
  2. Strain into a glass.
  3. Garnish with a sprinkle of nutmeg.

Variations on a Milk Punch

The simple nature of a Milk Punch makes it seriously easy to customise. Swap dairy for plant based alternatives such as coconut or almond milk. Serve it hot or over ice. Or add a festive variation perfect for Christmas celebrations with a pinch of cinnamon or ginger.

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Making a clarified Milk Punch

Our creamy Milk Punch recipe is easy to make and can be sipped in seconds after serving. But if you’ve got extra time on your hands, have a go at a Clarified Milk Punch for a lighter serve. This slightly more scientific variation requires a pre-batch of clarified milk before you get cocktail shaking. First you’ll want to combine the whisky and any other chosen flavours, before adding to warm milk and your chosen acid, the most popular being lemon juice. This will make the milk curdle which you’ll need to strain through a cheesecloth or coffee filter. It can take a while, so make sure to get started about 24 hours before cocktail hour. The result is a clear, silky liquid that carries all the richness of creamy milk without the heaviness, colour and tannins.

The cocktail history of Milk Punch

Milk Punch dates back centuries. It’s thought to have become popular in the 1700s but was actually created 100 years earlier with the creamy version becoming a New Orleans favourite and Clarified Milk Punch originating in Britain. Here a young Aphra Behn gave it a mention in one of her plays and it soon became a go-to drink for the likes of Ben Franklin and Queen Victoria. Clarified Milk Punch was especially appealing due to it’s long shelf life.