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Punches are supposed to be fun, be easy to drink, and cater to guests who would never in a million years drink liquor straight. If you're looking to serve something that will put people on the naughty list (within reason, obviously), fill a big bowl with this stuff.
Bourbon Milk Punch
(Makes 8 to 10 servings)
1 cup sugar
1 cup (8 fluid ounces) filtered water
1 stick cinnamon + additional for garnish
3/4 cup (6 fluid ounces) whole milk
3/4 cup (6 fluid ounces) heavy cream
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 cup (8 fluid ounces) bourbon
1. In a medium saucepan set over medium heat, combine the sugar, water, and 1 cinnamon stick. Stir until the sugar has dissolved, about 1 minute. Set this simple syrup mixture aside to steep, about 10 minutes. Remove the cinnamon stick and set aside.
2. In a big punch bowl, stir together the whole milk, heavy cream, vanilla, and reserved simple syrup. Lastly, add the bourbon and mix once more.
3. Transfer to the refrigerator to chill. Right before serving, add ice or, if your party is going to last a few hours, serve ice on the side. Add a bit of ground nutmeg and a few cinnamon sticks to garnish.