Eight Trays of Milk Drinks

On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…..eight trays of milk drinks.

I live in Wisconsin.

The Dairy State.

This post could have gone a different way.

But it’s much too cold to milk cows.

Even when I offered turtle gloves, the maids were not at all interested.  Hmmph.

While the maids of Wisconsin weren’t very helpful, the cows of Wisconsin were very grateful.



You MUST be 21 or older to enjoy this drink with spirits mixed in.  I insist.


  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 pint whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 ounces bourbon, rum or brandy
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp freshly grated nutmeg

Beat the egg yolks until they are light in color. Gradually add 1/3 cup of sugar and continue to beat until the sugar is completely dissolved. In a medium saucepan, over high heat, combine the milk, heavy cream and nutmeg and bring just to a boil, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat and temper the eggs by slowly adding half of the hot milk mixture into the eggs, whisking constantly while you add the hot mixture. Pour the mixture back into the saucepan and cook until the mixture reaches 160 degrees F. Remove from the heat, stir in the bourbon, pour into a medium mixing bowl, and set in the refrigerator to chill. While the milk mixture is cooling,  beat the egg whites until they form soft peaks. With the mixer running gradually add 1 tablespoon of sugar and beat until stiff peaks form. Gently fold the egg whites and vanilla into the chilled mixture.  Pour and serve with grated nutmeg.

It’s hard to justify making Egg Nog when you can buy it from the grocery store, but like most things it really does have a different (better) taste.   Note, because of the salmonella risk from raw eggs, it is recommended that children, elderly, and people with compromised immune systems refrain from eating raw eggs (whipped egg whites), unless you use pasteurized eggs.


You MUST be 21 or older to enjoy this drink with spirits mixed in.  I insist.


  • 2 1/2 cups very cold milk
  • 1 cup brandy (or rum)
  • 1/2 cup coffee liqueur
  • 2 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground nutmeg
  • 10 ice cubes

Place half of each ingredient in blender.  Blend on high until punch is smooth and frothy.  Pour punch into 4 glasses.  Repeat process with remaining ingredients and serve.

\Brandy milk punch is a staple of the traditional New Orleans jazz brunch.  For my friends in warmer climates, this might be a perfect cooling toddy for the Holidays.




  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup dutch process cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp coconut extract
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

For garnish, toast 2 – 4 Tbsp coconut in 350 degree oven for 5 – 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Heat the milk in a saucepan on medium heat to just below the simmering point, add the coconut milk & chocolate. When the chocolate has been fully integrated, add the sugar and extracts. 2. Whisk vigorously or transfer to a blender. Reheat gently and serve immediately.

Hot chocolate made in coconut milk is a traditional Colombian recipe and this delicious drink is perfect for this time of year!  (BTW, check out the coconut creche.  Can you believe it?  A coconut creche!)



You MUST be 21 or older to enjoy this drink with spirits mixed in.  I insist.


  • 6 eggs – separated
  • 8 cups hot milk
  • 3 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 jigger brandy
  • 1 jigger rum

In a large bowl, beat the egg yolks and confectioners’ sugar until very thick and light colored, about 2 minutes. In a grease free large bowl, beat the egg whites until soft peaks form.  Stir about one-fourth of the whites into the yolk mixture to lighten, then fold in the remaining whites, allowing some of the whites to stay fluffy.  The egg mixture can be prepared up to 4 hours ahead, covered, and refrigerated.  Remove the batter 1 hour before using so it isn’t ice cold, or the drinks will be tepid. To serve, place a heaping spoonful of the egg batter in to a warm mug.  Add a shot each of brandy and rum (for anyone under the age of 21, omit the brandy and rum).  Add enough hot milk to fill the mug and stir gently.  Sprinkle nutmeg over the top and serve hot.

This drink is eagerly awaited as it gets colder here in Wisconsin.  You know it is getting close to Christmas when you can buy Webers’ Tom and Jerry batter from the store.  We love to make our own as it is much richer and fresher tasting.  Tom and Jerry drinks have been around since at least 1862, but probably only still thrives in northern states.  We had purchased a lovely 1950’s era Tom and Jerry bowl set before we even had a recipe.  The batter goes into the bowl, then when you are ready for a drink, you spoon a tablespoon full of batter into your mug, add brandy and rum, then hot milk and top with fresh nutmeg.




  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup dutch process cocoa powder
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1/2 gallon milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup whipped cream

In a large pot on the stove combine the hot water, sugar, cocoa and salt. Whisk to blend over medium heat. Add the chocolate chips and whisk until melted. Add the milk and whisk again until well combined. Remove the chocolate mixture from the heat. Add the vanilla and cinnamon until blended.  Stir the whipped cream into the chocolate mixture.

Normally, I would serve this with home-made marshmallows, but it seemed a little like overkill (real story. I haven’t made them yet….)




  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 tsp. molasses
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
Combine all ingredients in small pan.  Stir all ingredients together and heat until milk is scalding a bit, but not boiling.
Beat with a whisk or an immersion blender.   Serve.
Liquid gingerbread.  This tastes like milk that has had about 4 (dozen) gingerbread cookies dipped in it.   It’s perfect for kids as well as adults and smells delicious.  
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups water
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 2 crushed green cardamom pods
  • 2 crushed peppercorns
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 nickel size piece of peeled, chopped ginger
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 Tbsp black tea leaves
Combine milk, water and spices in a medium saucepan (you’ll sift out the spices later, so don’t worry about all that flotsam bobbing around on the surface).  Simmer over medium heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Add sugar and tea  leaves. Stir, and then simmer for 5 minutes.  Using a fine mesh strainer (or cheesecloth), strain into glasses or mugs and serve.
Chai has so many ingredients used at Christmas.  What a perfect fit.
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened dutch process cocoa powder
  • 1 quart milk
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 3 peppermint sticks or crushed peppermint to equal 1/4 cup
  • pinch of salt
Place cocoa in a medium saucepan. Gradually whisk in milk until cocoa has dissolved. Add chocolate chips and crushed peppermint; simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until chocolate and peppermint have melted, 8 to 10 minutes.
Bring to a boil and immediately remove from heat. Add salt. Ladle into mugs.  If you wish, garnish with whipped cream and crushed peppermint.
Serve with a peppermint stick.
This is, of course, the perfect drink for Santa.  He is known to love peppermint and I’m pretty sure he’s a sucker for whipped cream.  Add some cookies, and …..


Category: Beverages, Christmas, Cook, Create, Holidays and Entertaining, My Life as a Musical, Smile
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(3) Comments and (3) Replies

  1. Kendra | December 20, 2012 at 7:32 pm | Reply


    • jill | December 21, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Reply

      I’m not going to tell you how much of this I had to taste to make sure it was “just” right. Fortunately, I was able to wash it all down with .. cookies!!

  2. Susie | December 20, 2012 at 10:22 pm | Reply

    Makes me glad it’s winter and I don’t really like winter!

    • jill | December 21, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Reply

      A Tom and Jerry makes it all better!!!

  3. Mary Jo Hart | December 21, 2012 at 7:32 pm | Reply

    Your “true love” is very busy these days of Christmas giving all those things to you!! What a great guy- hope Grampy makes it to Christmas! He’s got to be exhausted by now 😉

    • jill | December 21, 2012 at 10:31 pm | Reply

      I must say, I have some questions to ask of the person who wrote this song. What kind of stalker sends this kind of stuff day after day after day!! On the other hand “true love” really is a great (and exhausted) guy!!

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