Friday, November 1, 2019

Milk & Honeycomb Punch

I've been a fan of The Hangar 1 Distillery for quite a few years now, and have always found their products to be wonderful for cocktails and for sipping.  Their vodka is made from grapes and midwestern grains, which brings a nice brightness that works really well with a range of different flavors.  Hangar 1 recently sent a bottle of their latest release, their Hangar 1 Honeycomb Vodka that is infused with real honeycomb and asked me to come up with a cocktail to celebrate the release.

My mind went immediately to the phrase Milk and Honey, the historical reference to the promised land, after which I knew I wanted to create a Milk & Honey Milk Punch.

If you have never tried Milk Punch, let me tell you, now is the time.  Don't let the inclusion of dairy products deter you, because this punch is delicious and without a doubt, mesmerizing.  Milk punch is a magical way of making punch using alcohol, fresh citrus juice, and whole milk, which ends up making a clarified punch that is both bright and citrusy and creamy.

While I have to admit, this was the first time I've made milk punch, and yet I think my Milk & Honeycomb punch turned out very well.  I made it with fresh lemon juice and orange juice, but am tempted to try it again with grapefruit juice instead of orange juice.

Milk punch takes a couple of days to prepare, so plan ahead, but I can assure you that your guests will enjoy it as much as you will.

Milk & Honeycomb Punch

1 cup Hangar 1 Honeycomb Vodka
3 cups Brewed Black Ginger Tea
3 cups Fresh Lemon Juice
3 cups Fresh Orange Juice
3 cups Whole Milk
1 cup Simple Syrup

Combine Hangar 1 Honeycomb Vodka, tea, lemon juice, orange juice and simple syrup in a large pitcher.

Bring milk to a simmer in a saucepan, and immediately add to the pitcher with the vodka and juice.  Milk will curdle.  Cover and put in the refrigerator overnight.

Strain punch with a fine sieve or a nut-milk bag letting the clear liquid strain into a large jar or bowl.  Cover and place back in the refrigerator to let any other curds settle to the bottom of the jar.  Using a ladle, transfer the clear punch into a bottle for serving, leaving remaining curds behind.

Store in the refrigerator for up to one week (if it lasts that long).

Milk & Honeycomb Punch Cocktail

2 oz Milk & Honeycomb Punch
1-1/2 oz Hangar 1 Honeycomb Vodka

Add to a lowball glass with a king cube, and stir for 15-20 seconds.  Garnish with a fresh lemon express and a cube of fresh honeycomb.


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