Milk & Honey

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Cocktail History

The Milk & Honey is a fall cocktail that was created by author Jassy Davis and was first published in her book Winter Warmers: 60 Cosy Cocktails for Autumn & Winter. It was inspired by warm milk and its common prescription as a nightcap that encourages sleep. It was also named for its two main ingredients: whole milk and Bénédictine, a spiced French liqueur.

Cocktail Ingredients

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Milk: This is a liquid rich in calcium and protein that is produced by mammals. We used Prairie Farm Vitamin D Whole Milk. For a dairy-free version of this drink, try oat milk in place of the milk.

Bénédictine: This is a French liqueur made from twenty-seven different spices and herbs. For a mocktail version of this drink, try Lyre’s Non-Alcoholic Orange Sec in place of the liqueur.

Orange Wedge: This one of the garnishes. It adds fresh citrus aroma and flavor.

Cinnamon Stick: This is the other garnish. We used cinnamon sticks from the bulk section at our local grocery store.

Tasting Notes

The Milk & Honey features aromas of cinnamon, orange, and the liqueur’s peculiar herbal mix, and it has a taste comprised of rich milk that is sweetened with the Benedictine’s honey and packed with complex herbal flavors that linger long after the swallow.

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: Even though it’s a fairly simple one, we both thought this drink had a lot of delicious complexity; it’s the perfect nightcap for a crisp evening.

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Alex’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
“Although it’s barely a cocktail, in my opinion, this drink is very tasty. The pairing of milk with Bénédictine’s herbal qualities are delicious, and though it has no actual honey in it, the taste is slightly reminiscent of the sweetener. This is definitely a good drink to have before bed or when you’re feeling under the weather.”

Kendall’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
“I did not know what to expect of this simple hot drink, but it was surprisingly good! I never would’ve thought to pair hot milk with Bénédictine, but the combination works. It’s meant to be a play on the hot milk that’s often prescribed to help put you to sleep, and that’s exactly how I would describe it too—warm, sweet, and soothing. I can’t really stomach whole milk anymore though, so I’d make it with skim instead and would consider dressing it up with some brandy or peppermint for more complexity.”

Recipe

This cocktail recipe was adapted from Winter Warmers: 60 Cosy Cocktails for Autumn & Winter by Jassy Davis.

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Winter Warmers: 60 Cosy Cocktails for Autumn and Winter
Winter Warmers: 60 Cosy Cocktails for Autumn and Winter
Hardcover Book; Davis, Jassy (Author); English (Publication Language); 144 Pages – 09/01/2020 (Publication Date) – HarperCollins (Publisher)
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AuthorWinter WarmersPrep Time10 minsRating

Ingredients
 8 ½ oz Whole Milk
 1 oz Bénédictine Liqueur
 1 Orange Wedge
 1 Cinnamon Stick

Method
1

Add milk to a saucepan.

2

Cook over low heat for 5-7 minutes until warmed through.

3

Add liqueur to pan and stir for 10-15 seconds.

4

Pour mixture into mug.

5

Garnish with orange wedge and cinnamon stick.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 8 ½ oz Whole Milk
 1 oz Bénédictine Liqueur
 1 Orange Wedge
 1 Cinnamon Stick

Directions

Method
1

Add milk to a saucepan.

2

Cook over low heat for 5-7 minutes until warmed through.

3

Add liqueur to pan and stir for 10-15 seconds.

4

Pour mixture into mug.

5

Garnish with orange wedge and cinnamon stick.

Milk & Honey

Make It a Mocktail: Use Lyre’s Non-Alcoholic Orange Sec in place of the liqueur to try a booze-free version of this drink.

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