What the heck is coffee milk punch? Is this a southern thing? Those were the first two questions swirling in my head when I stumbled on this chilled coffee recipe in one of my favorite cookbooks by Elizabeth Heiskell.
HISTORY OF COFFE MILK PUNCH
Well, I had to Google it and found this bit of history. It’s kind of the Scottish version of the American equivalent to eggnog. Except egg nog does not sound as fun as milk punch.
But It sounded perfect for a tailgate or maybe a rugby match.
This milk punch is like a watered-down milkshake for grownups. Kind of like when our mom would extend the pitcher of Kool-Aid with a little more water.
It’s got the caffeine, the sweet and a cup of bourbon to counter the fudge topping and vanilla extract.
Except don’t confuse this with a milkshake.
It’s called coffee milk punch because the consistency is more like a punch.
I described it to my sister as an iced coffee with lots of cream and syrup (hot fudge sauce).
This would be a fun drink to serve from a Stanley Thermos.
Of course, it can be served warm or over ice so a thermos would keep this cold for warm for a tailgate. I got my eye on this Tartan thermos.
Or. if doing a tailgate or bowl game party serve it in a short (or tall) glass.
COFFEE MILK PUNCH RECIPE
It sounds like a sweetened iced coffee with a splash of bourbon. If you have ever watched a rugby match in the spring in Colorado you will like the bourbon to counter the iced coffee
The bourbon takes the sweet down a bit. But the fudge and half and half give it a rich taste so either way, it’s good.
COFFEE MILK PUNCH RECIPE
- 6 CUPS BREWED COFFEE
- 1/2 CUCP HOT FUDGE SUNDAY
- 1/4 CUP SUGAR
- 2 CUPS HALF + HALF
- 1 TBSP VANILLA EXTRACT
- 1 CUP BOURBON
- WHISK TOGETHER COFFEE, HOT FUDGE, AND SUGAR IN LARGE DUTCH OVEN
- BRING THE MIXTURE TO A SLIGHT BOIL, STIRRING
- REMOVE FROM HEAT ADD BOURBON
- SERVE IMMEDIATELY OR SERVED CHILLED OVERNIGHT
- SERVE OVER ICE
I made a test batch before I served this to friends and family. The no-alcohol version tasted like a black coffee with cream and a little sweeter. I liked it over ice too despite the fall temps!
Oh, and I found a similar recipe that added nutmeg so that sounds yummy!
And a nice shout out to the cousin (eggnog) of the coffee milk punch.
Let me know if you make this and any suggestions you have that I could add to the recipe!
Thanks for stopping by and if you need a great dish for a tailgate or noon-time football game try this breakfast in a skillet dish.
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