New Orleans Brandy Milk Punch for Mardi Gras

This New Orleans brandy milk punch is a wonderful Mardi Gras cocktail. First you make a homemade vanilla bean simple syrup and then combine it with brandy and milk along with a few other ingredients. This New Orleans milk punch is guaranteed to get your Mardi Gras party started on the right note!

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for New Orleans brandy milk punch Mardi Gras cocktail made with vanilla bean simple syrup.

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Mardi Gras, which is Fat Tuesday in French, marks the end of the pre-Lent season. The name comes from people having to use up all the fats in their pantry before Lent to prepare for abstinence and fasting.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for New Orleans brandy milk punch Mardi Gras cocktail made with vanilla bean simple syrup.

How Easy is Homemade Vanilla Bean Simple Syrup to Make?

You will need sugar, water, vanilla bean paste and vanilla extract for this. Use regular granulated white sugar and bring it to a boil with the water in a pan. Let it simmer until the sugar dissolves then take the pan off the heat.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for New Orleans brandy milk punch Mardi Gras cocktail made with vanilla bean simple syrup.

Mix in both kinds of vanilla then cool in a heatproof container in the refrigerator. See? Super-easy! Oh and vanilla syrup keeps for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator so you can make extra if you like then add it to next week’s coffees, smoothies and so on.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for New Orleans brandy milk punch Mardi Gras cocktail made with vanilla bean simple syrup.

If you don’t have vanilla bean paste or you don’t want to make your own using a vanilla bean, you can simply sub extra vanilla extract into the mixture instead.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for New Orleans brandy milk punch Mardi Gras cocktail made with vanilla bean simple syrup.

Assembling the New Orleans Brandy Milk Punch

Shake some brandy and milk with ice cubes and heavy cream. Once everything is well combined, pour the new Orleans milk punch into serving glasses over crushed ice. Now add some edible gold leaf and/or freshly ground nutmeg if liked.

A word about the milk and cream: you can make this non-dairy if you want. Use something like almond, soy or oat milk and bear in mind it will come out tasting slightly different and also be less creamy than if you were to use the milk and cream.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for New Orleans brandy milk punch Mardi Gras cocktail made with vanilla bean simple syrup.

Working with Edible Gold Leaf Flakes

One of the most fun parts of making New Orleans brandy milk punch is decorating the cocktail glasses with edible gold leaf. This looks so pretty and makes the cocktails extra special for any Mardi Gras party.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for New Orleans brandy milk punch Mardi Gras cocktail made with vanilla bean simple syrup.

Gold can pass through the body without either being absorbed or breaking down. Perhaps you’ve tried edible gold before, maybe in a Sambuca shot. As long as it’s 23 or 24 karat gold it’s perfectly safe. I wouldn’t use anything with fewer karats since they contain other metals which might not be as safe.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for New Orleans brandy milk punch Mardi Gras cocktail made with vanilla bean simple syrup.
Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for New Orleans brandy milk punch Mardi Gras cocktail made with vanilla bean simple syrup.

As well as garnishing the Mardi Gras cocktail with gold flakes, you can decorate the rim of the glass with it. If you want to decorate your New Orleans brandy milk punch in this way, you’ll need to moisten the rim of the glass then use tweezers to gently press the gold on. A small paintbrush like these for example can be useful for this.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for New Orleans brandy milk punch cocktail which is perfect for a Mardi Gras party.

Would Sanding Sugar Work Instead?

Perhaps you prefer not to use real gold for your New Orleans brandy milk punch or you can’t get it. No problem. A tasty substitute can be orange juice applied to the rim of the glass and then you can dip it into gold (or another colour) sanding sugar instead.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for New Orleans brandy milk punch cocktail which is perfect for a Mardi Gras party.

Purple sanding sugar and/or green would also work for this brandy and milk cocktail. A bonus with the green one is you can save some for making Shamrock shakes on St Patrick’s Day too!

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for New Orleans brandy milk punch cocktail which is perfect for a Mardi Gras party.

What are Some Traditional Foods for Mardi Gras?

There is more to Mardi Gras, or ‘fat Tuesday’, than simply Mardi Gras cocktail ideas. Not that you would but don’t forget about some traditional dishes for this special occasion!

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for New Orleans brandy milk punch cocktail which is perfect for a Mardi Gras party.

Whether you’re a native of France or Louisiana or you simply want to enjoy this fun and festive holiday, let’s take a look at some tasty treats you might like to rustle up.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for New Orleans brandy milk punch cocktail which is perfect for a Mardi Gras party.

King cake is a staple and this is a round cake topped with green (faith), purple (justice) and gold (power) sugar. Dirty rice, crawfish etouffee, jambalaya, po’boy, a muffaletta sandwich, pancakes, and crawfish boil are more favourites for your upcoming Mardi Gras party.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for New Orleans brandy milk punch cocktail which is perfect for a Mardi Gras party.

All of the above foods go perfectly with New Orleans milk punch so you might like to start baking or else why not ask everyone to bring a different dish?

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for New Orleans brandy milk punch cocktail which is perfect for a Mardi Gras party.

If you like this Mardi Gras cocktail, you might also like Refreshing Citrus Rainbow Sherbet Champagne Mimosa, Easy Tropical Rum Runner Cocktail – Caribbean Punch or Rainbow Pot O’ Gold Jello Vodka Shots.

New Orleans Brandy Milk Punch Recipe

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for New Orleans brandy milk punch Mardi Gras cocktail made with vanilla bean simple syrup.

New Orleans Brandy Milk Punch for Mardi Gras

5 from 3 votes
Course: Drink
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cocktail, Mardi Gras
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1
Calories: 292kcal
Author: Bella Bucchiotti
This New Orleans brandy milk punch is a wonderful Mardi Gras cocktail. It all starts with a homemade vanilla bean simple syrup. This New Orleans milk punch is guaranteed to get your Mardi Gras party started on the right note!
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Ingredients

For the vanilla bean simple syrup (makes enough for 6 cocktails):

For the New Orleans Brandy Milk Punch:

  • edible gold leaf flakes optional garnish
  • 1 1/2 Ounce brandy such as E&J XO
  • 1 Ounce vanilla bean simple syrup recipe above
  • 1 1/2 Ounce whole milk
  • 1 Ounce heavy cream
  • ice
  • nutmeg freshly grated

Instructions

For the vanilla bean simple syrup (Makes enough for 6 cocktails):

  • To a small saucepan, add water and granulated sugar. Mix together over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Once ingredients begin to boil, reduce heat and allow to simmer for 2 to 3 minutes. Stir sugar until completely dissolved.
  • Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla bean paste and vanilla extract. Immediately transfer to a seal able heat-proof container and place in the refrigerator to cool until ready to use.

For the New Orleans Brandy Milk Punch:

  • Using your finger, dampen about ¼ of the outside of your glass with water. Using tweezers, place edible gold leaf flakes along the wet area of the glass, patting the flakes down with a small paintbrush.
  • Add 3 to 4 ice cubes to a cocktail shaker. Pour in brandy, vanilla bean simple syrup, whole milk, and heavy cream.  Shake for about 20 seconds until chilled though. Pour into prepared cocktail glass over crushed ice. Top with freshly-grated nutmeg and a sprinkling of edible gold leaf, if desired.

Nutrition

Calories: 292kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 31mg | Potassium: 80mg | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 486IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 67mg | Iron: 1mg
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The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.

You can be in charge of the homemade vanilla bean simple syrup and New Orleans brandy milk punch! And also perhaps decorate with festive shades of purple, green and gold to get everyone in a chilled out Mardi Gras mood!

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  1. Brianna Wilson wrote:

    5 stars
    Saving this for my party this year! yum

    Posted 1.22.22 Reply