Recipe: Bunny Williams’ Milk Punch

Bunny's Milk Punch Recipe

Bunny's Milk Punch Recipe

We loved hearing about Bunny Williams’ Christmas Eve traditions, and when she mentioned the milk punch that she makes each year, we had to get our hands on the recipe! She uses the recipe from one of her dear friends, Julia Reed, celebrated writer, foodie, and New Orleans resident. Seeing as milk punch is classic New Orleans drink, we figure this one is a winner!

Bunny serves it in her Hammered Gilt Punch Bowl over ice, and don’t we all want to bring a little Bunny style to our holiday party?

Recipe: Bunny Williams' Milk Punch
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 30 servings
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 2 quarts whole milk
  • 1 quart vanilla ice cream or heavy cream
  • 4 cups brandy
  • 2 cups bourbon
  • Whole nutmeg
  1. To make the syrup, combine the sugar and ¾ cup of water in a saucepan and stir to dissolve the sugar. Heat over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is boiling. Let simmer until the mixture is clear, about eight minutes. Pour into a jar and cool. Refrigerate until cold.
  2. For the punch, whisk the milk and the ice cream or the heavy cream together in a large pitcher or punch bowl until it is blended. Stir in the spirits and the simple syrup to taste. Refrigerate until thoroughly chilled. To serve, pour into highball glasses and grate the nutmeg on top.
  3. TIP:
  4. For individual servings, mix a half jigger of bourbon and a jigger of brandy in a shaker. Fill the rest with milk and cream, and a teaspoon of simple syrup. Shake. Strain into glass and top with grated nutmeg.

Browse recipes on How to Decorate, or shop Bunny’s entertaining and tabletop items.

Did you like this post and find it helpful? Rate it below and share your thoughts in the comments.

Caroline McDonald

Caroline lives for pairing together patterns, mixing furniture styles, and oogling over our newest furniture pieces. As you can imagine, her little 1920's craftsman is in a constant state of flux. Here on How to Decorate, it's her goal to help you turn your home into your own little slice of paradise.


  1. Reply


    December 1, 2015

    Sort of an egg-less nog… lighter, indeed! But still packs a wallop!

  2. Reply

    Monica Lavin

    November 29, 2015

    I’ve never had milk punch before but it sounds great! I love how you put ice cream in the drink. I’m definitely going to have to try it!

    • Reply

      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      December 1, 2015

      It’s really yummy. You’ll definitely have to try it. It’s a great celebratory drink!