Winter Cocktail: The Venus de Milo

By Nick Stropko

An Alcoholic Chocolate milk? Yes Please.

Winter Cokctail The Venus de Milo

It’s amazing the extent to which changing seasons reflects my changing drink choices. Summer means drinking a Gose in the park and mixing margaritas. In spring, you’ll rarely see me without a herbaceous gin cocktail. Winter, however, calls for something comforting. Like, Milo.

If you’re not familiar, Milo is a malt chocolate drink kinda reminiscent of Ovaltine that seems to be popular everywhere except the US. I drank it a bunch as a kid during my frequent trips to Sydney (where my mom grew up and currently resides), and many of my immigrant/first generation friends seem to have similarly fond feelings about it.

Recently, I picked up an entirely-too-large tin of Milo from my local Vietnamese supermarket, rationalizing that I’d figure out something to do with it. That’s when I realized that Milo could work perfectly in another comforting (and, fortunately, more alcoholic) drink: the Brandy Alexander.


Venus De Milo

1.5 oz Brandy
.50 oz Cherry Heering
2 oz whole milk
1 heaping tablespoon Milo
Fresh Nutmeg

Combine with ice, shake, strain, and serve. Garnish with a scrape of fresh nutmeg and a maraschino cherry. 

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