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Coffee Milk Punch

Mixologists John Gertsen and Misty Kalkofen of Drink in Boston created this sweet, slightly grainy punch. When the milk curdles, says David Wondrich, "it will produce a truly revolting-looking mass." Strain the punch through a very-fine-mesh strainer or, even better, through cheesecloth or a clean white T-shirt. Chill thoroughly before serving as a great, potent after-dinner drink.

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  • Servings: Makes about 30 drinks

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  • 1/2 pound ground coffee (ground for French press)
  • 64 ounces whole milk
  • 1 cup superfine sugar
  • 8 ounces fresh lemon juice
  • Two 750-ml bottles white rum
  • Two-thirds 750-ml bottle Bénédictine (brandy-based herbal liqueur)
  • One-half 750-ml bottle maraschino liqueur
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly grated nutmeg
  • Ice, preferably 1 large block


  1. In a large pitcher, stir the ground coffee with the milk and refrigerate for 24 hours. Pour the coffee milk through a fine strainer into a large saucepan and warm over moderate heat; keep warm.
  2. In a large bowl, stir the sugar with the lemon juice until the sugar dissolves. Stir in the rum, Bénédictine, maraschino liqueur and nutmeg. Add the warm milk; the mixture will look curdled. Pour the mixture through a fine strainer into a punch bowl and let cool, then refrigerate until chilled, about 2 hours. Add ice.
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