Gasparilla Pirate Milk Punch

There is no other cold beverage that defines Tampa like Gasparilla Milk Punch. The Gasparilla Pirate invasion should have happened this past week, but due to … you know… we have to settle for the Super Bowl to entertain our racouous pirates this year.

Read below about the history of the infamous pirate José Gaspar- or Gasparilla- who legend has it, invaded Florida in the late 19th century. His $30,000,000 treasure is said to be buried somewhere on the gulf coast.

Every February, The Gasparilla Festival begins with members of Ye Mystic Krewe invading Tampa Bay on a fully functioning pirate ship, The José Gasparilla 2 accompanied by a flotilla of other ships. The keys to the city are surrendered by the Mayor of Tampa and hundreds of pirates in search of treasure parade down Bayshore Blvd.

Read more about José and the Festival here.

Pirates need something to quench their thirst and nothing does this better than Gasparilla Pirate milk punch. Served ice cold this very boozy drink will calm even the most baudy buccaneer.

I based my cocktail off of the Pirate Milk Punch in the Tampa Junior League, Life of the Party cookbook and the Tampa Yacht Club‘s recipes.

Cheers!

And… Go Bucs!

Postcard from the 1940’s. Courtesy of the Tampa Historical Society.

Gasparilla Pirate Milk Punch- (based of the Tampa Yacht Club and Tampa Junior League recipes) Serves 4-6

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1 cup bourbon

  • 1 cup French Brandy

  • 1 cup vodka

  • 1/4 cup dark rum

  • 1 tsp nutmeg, plus more for garnish

  • 1 QT whole milk

  • 2 ounces vanilla

I use granulated sugar instead of simple syrup to sweeten the punch.

Method- Chill milk punch 8 hours to overnight

  • In a large pitcher combine sugar and all spirits. Mix well with a whisk until the sugar dissolves. Add in vanilla, nutmeg and 1 qt whole milk.
  • Stir until well combined. Chill 8 hours.
  • Serve over an ice filled double old fashioned glasses with extra nutmeg for a garnish.
Beware you land lubbers- This cold concoction will keel over the most marauding band of pirates.

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