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Retro recipe: Milk punch

Retro recipe: Milk punch

I thought we’d take a break from cooking, put our feet up and sip on an old-fashioned milk punch. I found this recipe on a recent visit to the wonderful National Library of New Zealand in Wellington, where I discovered a book called Brett’s Colonists’ Guide, published in 1883. This was written with immigrants in mind and gave them all sorts of useful information about how to go about living in these far-off lands. I like to imagine Victorian ladies sitting beneath puriri trees sipping this of an afternoon.

I love the simplicity of this recipe, the fact that when it is made, it looks just like a strawberry milkshake. But do be warned, it packs a bit of a punch! I made this up in my husband’s cocktail shaker, which holds two cups, but you could simply use a measuring jug and whisk it well.

  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp raspberry syrup (I used grenadine)
  • 1 tbsp Curaçao or triple sec
  • 100ml Jamaican rum
  • 1 tsp brandy

1. Put some ice in your shaker or jug and add all the ingredients. Top up to two cups with cold milk and shake or whisk. Serve in chilled glasses with a little nutmeg on top. Delicious and very colonial.

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