Deck the halls with a splash of bourbon and a few Southern-grown pecans! Celebrating the season isn't complete until you've gathered with friends around a warm fireplace in the living room with cocktails in hand. If you're hosting a holiday get-together this Christmas, you'll certainly want to bookmark our creamy Pecan Milk Punch recipe for your drink table. Milk punch pairs perfectly with your favorite winter desserts, and this Southern-inspired recipe is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Contrary to its name, however, this recipe is not actually made with milk (although, you can add a cup of milk at the end if you'd like!). The toasted pecans create a milky substance when ground, and this is the base for the cocktail.

We've also added in cane syrup for sweetness, cream of coconut to really bring out the cocktail's silky texture, and a few spices that are must-haves in our Christmas cupboard. And, of course, you can't forget the kicker. A splash of your favorite Southern bourbon gives a bite to this Pecan Milk Punch, but feel free to omit if you're serving as a big-batch drink at a family friendly affair. One thing you can't omit, however, is the freshly whipped cream that we've used to top the beverage. It provides a light, airy finish to the dessert-like drink. You can also garnish your glasses with a sprig of mint or a cinnamon stick. This recipe makes enough for two, but adding a cup of milk to the punch extends the recipe to 3 cups. For a great, non-dairy alternative, try adding in pecan or almond milk from your local grocery store and topping with non-dairy whipped topping.

So, grab a glass for yourself, pull out your favorite Kentucky spirit, and toast to the holidays with the ones you love.

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