from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A drink made of milk, spirits (usually brandy, rum, or whisky), sugar, and nutmeg.


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  • One 1883 "Treatise on Therapeutics" declared that "in milk-punch are furnished the stimulant to digestion and the most perfect food known for digestion."

    A Tasty Tonic

  • (He had been one of the hardest livers and hardest readers of his time at Oxbridge, where the name of Stunning Warrington was yet famous for beating bargemen, pulling matches, winning prizes, and drinking milk-punch.)

    The History of Pendennis

  • Here is Jack moaning with despair and Byronic misanthropy, whose career at the university was one of unmixed milk-punch.

    The History of Pendennis

  • Meantime, such nourishment as hot soup, coffee, and tea, milk, egg-nog, and milk-punch (prepared with home-made peach or apple brandy), were kept in readiness.

    Memories A Record of Personal Experience and Adventure During Four Years of War

  • We have endeavored to give a view of this tent, from which came daily such quantities of delicacies, such excellent milk-punch to nourish and support the patients whose condition was most critical, such finely flavored flaxseed tea for the army of patients suffering from pulmonic diseases ( "_her_ flaxseed tea," says one of her boys, "was _never_ insipid"), lemonades for the feverish, and something for every needy patient.

    Woman's Work in the Civil War A Record of Heroism, Patriotism, and Patience

  • They admonished him to "walk more correctly in future;" the inference to be drawn from which is that the amount of milk-punch, outside of which Rev. SMYTHE had placed himself, was sufficient to impart a stagger to his gait.

    Punchinello, Volume 1, No. 08, May 21, 1870

  • Among them was one used as a kitchen and work-room, or pantry, by the ladies in our service, who prepared beef-tea, milk-punch, and other food and comforts, in anticipation of the arrival of the trains.

    Woman's Work in the Civil War A Record of Heroism, Patriotism, and Patience

  • Then, as I am talking of the past, and not of the present, there was time enough: time enough for the comfortable discussion of breakfast, for the changing of raiment among the babies, for chatting in the bar-room, for the interchange of news among the men, and even for glasses of milk-punch.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 12, No. 71, September, 1863

  • Soon after, when Phoebe had brewed hot milk-punch and it had been drunk by the two men, Archelaus rose to go.

    Secret Bread

  • But Mr. Micawber, whatever features may have been transferred to him, is the type of a whole race of men who will not vanish from the face of the earth so long as the hope which lives eternal in the human breast is only temporarily suspended by the laws of debtor and creditor, and is always capable of revival with the aid of a bowl of milk-punch.

    Criticisms and Interpretations. III. By Adolphus William Ward


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