This piece originally appeared on Liquor.com.
NOLA boasts an enviable MVP list of regional cocktails: The Sazerac, Vieux Carré and Ramos Gin Fizz are some of the city’s historical heavy-hitters. But the drink that best embodies Mardi Gras’ season of masked revelry? The unassuming, yet charming glass of Milk Punch.
Traditionally made with brandy (and more recently, bourbon), New Orleans–style Milk Punch wears a mask of its own: It’s quietly potent, sneaking up on drinkers after a few easy-going glasses. Milk punch is similar to an eggless Eggnog: All ivory creaminess with powdered sugar and vanilla for sweetness, a sprinkle of fresh nutmeg and a subtle, lurking booziness. Well-suited to brunch, milk punch will be soothing the hangovers of many a Mardi Gras merrymaker in the coming weeks. But with these handy variations, you can play like its Mardi Gras wherever you may be.