Barry Himel of Dickie Brennan’s Bourbon House created the winning cocktail, the Frozen Bourbon Milk Punch.

In addition to the one-of-a-kind cocktails and cuisine enjoyed at Tales of the Toddy held on Thursday, December 16, the first-ever Bourbon Milk Punch Competition settled the discussion of who has New Orleans’ best milk punch. Fourteen of the city’s best bartenders came together at the Hotel Monteleone to enter their original milk punch recipes but in the end it was Barry Himel of Dickie Brennan’s Bourbon House who won with his Frozen Bourbon Milk Punch.

“The Brennan family has a long and rich milk punch tradition,” said Himel. “I’m honored to continue that tradition with this, now, award-winning cocktail.”

Made with bourbon, milk and ice cream, the Frozen Bourbon Milk Punch puts a twist on the traditional brandy cocktail. Use the recipe below to add this cocktail treat to your holiday festivities.

Frozen Bourbon Milk Punch Recipe:

Makes 1½ Quarts

4 cups Milk
1 cup Buffalo Trace Bourbon
1/4 cup Vanilla Extract
1/4 cup Simple Syrup
1 pint Vanilla Ice Cream
Dash of Nutmeg for garnish

Combine all ingredients and blend for eight second. Garnish each glass with freshly grated nutmeg.

About Tales of the Cocktail
Tales of the Cocktail is an internationally acclaimed festival of cocktails, cuisine and culture held annually in New Orleans, Louisiana. The event brings together the best and brightest of the cocktail community—award-winning mixologists, authors, bartenders, chefs and designers—for a five-day celebration of the history and artistry of making drinks. Each year offers a spirited series of dinners, demos, tastings, competitions, seminars, book signings, tours and parties all perfectly paired with some of the best cocktails ever made.

About the New Orleans Culinary and Cultural Preservation Society
The New Orleans Culinary and Cultural Preservation Society is a non-profit organization committed to preserving the unique culture of dining and drinking in New Orleans and the storied bars and restaurants that have contributed to the city’s world-wide culinary acclaim. This organization supports members of the hospitality industry through education and the production of events like Tales of the Cocktail, and most recently, Trails of the Cocktail, a scholarship program for emerging talent in the cocktail industry.

For more information on Tales of the Cocktail, visit the website at or call 504-948-0511.