I am always on the lookout for the weird old-timey recipe and I just stumbled upon one I want to try and work out.
It is for Ben Franklin's Milk Punch.
What is Milk Punch you ask? Well, it's booze. More specifically it is a punch, that actually sounds quite "Christmasy" and will provide a bit of a change this year. Eggnog is well, eggnog.
So - from the people at Food Republic: Ben Franklin's Milk Punch.
6 Cups of Brandy
2 Cups Lemon Juice
4 Cups Water
3/4 Cup Sugar
3 Cups Whole Milk
Infuse the brandy with ALL of the lemon zest of the 11 lemons for 24 hours (make sure you just get the zest, not the pith, the recipe is very specific on this). Then add the zest, lemon juice (you should have 11 naked lemons at this point), sugar and the gratings of one whole nutmeg to the brandy.
Start heating the milk, just until hot, keep stirring so it doesn't scorch, then add the brandy mixture. It will curdle and look icky. Stir anyway.
Wait a few minutes then stir again.
Wait a half an hour then stir again.
Wait for an hour and a half then strain - this apparently will take a bit of cheesecloth.
Chill, garnish with nutmeg.
It is supposed to be easy to drink and surprisingly potent. I will let you know.