Don’t Judge Me Mondays: Plum Milk Punch

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I’m sure this isn’t a surprise but Derek and I watch a lot of food TV.  Some of our current favorites are Top Chef and Chopped.  One thing I really enjoy about cooking shows is the ideas they give for tasty things to make in my own kitchen.  Recently on Chopped one of the “ingredients” the chefs had to use was Milk Punch. This drink is a mixture of milk, rum, brandy, sugar and sometimes vanilla and nutmeg and is popular in New Orleans and other parts of the south.  It was sitting in the back of my brain since we watched that episode. Fast forward to a lunch I had a few weeks ago with my friend Adrienne.  At the end of lunch she presented me with a jar of homemade plum brandy!  Her neighbor gave her a bunch of plums this summer and she decided to put them to good use.  It was an amazing gift and I knew it would be part of a cocktail soon!

Let’s get our punch on!

Start by filling a shaker halfway with ice.  Add your milk, plum brandy, sugar and vanilla extract.  Whole milk is best for this drink because it’s going to get a little watered down with the ice.  I also used extra-fine sugar so that it dissolves quicker.  You should be able to find it in the baking aisle near the granulated sugar at your local grocery store.  If you don’t have an awesome friend that gave you plum brandy (thanks Adrienne!), it’s something you can buy.  You can also use plain brandy in this recipe and add a little more sugar, it’ll have less plum flavor but will still be tasty.

Pop the top on the shaker and give it a good shake for a few seconds.  Fill your glass with crushed ice and pour your drink in.

Garnish with a plum half or a sprinkle of nutmeg.



Plum Milk Punch
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  • 6 ounces whole milk
  • 2 ounces plum brandy
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon super-fine sugar
  • brandied plum or nutmeg for garnish


  1. Fill shaker halfway with ice.  Add milk, plum brandy, sugar and vanilla extract.
  2. Pop the top on and shake a few seconds.  Fill a glass with crushed ice and pour drink in.
  3. Garnish with a plum half or a sprinkle of nutmeg.


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