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Cocktails and techniques, What Is a Milk Punch?

Discover the Timeless Elegance of Milk Punch: A Captivating Technique For Cocktails

When it comes to cocktails, mixology is an ever-evolving art form. While modern bartenders continuously strive to craft innovative and exciting concoctions, there is a technique that has stood the test of time and captivated the palates of cocktail enthusiasts for centuries: milk punch. This elegant and versatile cocktail technique combines rich flavours, creamy textures, and a touch of magic. In this article, we'll delve into the fascinating world of milk punch, exploring its history, the ingredients used, and how to create your own milk punch masterpiece.

The origins of milk punch can be traced back to the 17th century, where it gained popularity among European nobility as a luxurious and refined beverage. The earliest iterations of milk punch involved mixing milk, citrus juice, and spirits. The mixture was left to curdle, and the resulting solids were strained out, leaving behind a clarified liquid with a smooth and velvety texture. Over time, milk punch evolved, with various adaptations and additions to enhance its complexity and flavour profile.

Key Ingredients and Techniques for Milk Punch Cocktails:

Traditionally, milk punch incorporates a combination of spirits, citrus juice, sugar, and milk. Brandy, rum, and whiskey are popular choices for the

A bottle of milk, 3 lemons and a pot on an induction stove in preperation for creating a milk punch batch
Getting ready to milk punch

base spirit, each lending its unique character to the final concoction. The citrus juice, usually lemon or lime, provides a bright and tangy note that balances the richness of the milk. Sugar adds sweetness and helps to balancethe acidity. The magic of milk punch lies in the curdling and clarification process. After combining the ingredients, the mixture is left to rest and curdle. The curdled mixture is then carefully strained through a cheesecloth or coffee filter to separate the solids from the liquid. This strainin


g process is repeated several times until the liquid becomes clear and translucent, free from any impurities.

Sixty Smiths Milk Punch:

While the classic milk punch is a delightful concoction in itself, bartenders have embraced the technique, experimenting with a myriad of flavours and enhancements.

Sixty Smith Currently has its own version “Great Terror of the Tropics” which

A clear drink in a short tumbler garnished with a dehydrated lemon wheel.  The glass sits on a wooden bench in front of an attractive mural
Terror of the Tropics

uses walnuts, orange and lemon juice, black tea and

Plantation 3 Star Rum to provide a truly delectable drinking experience.


If you need an even better excuse for when to try the Great Terror of the Tropics, keep an eye on our socials for when it hits as part of our Happy Hour!




1 Comment


m_tonkin
Jul 11, 2023

Great article!

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