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Milk for Santa, Rum for You

Make This Festive Drink for Holiday Gatherings or Just Because


Look, we don't know your relationship with the big guy upstairs.

And by that, of course, we mean Santa, who may soon be plunging himself down your chimney.

But we do know that holidays are a great reason to break out a festive cocktail. Because you're likely to have thirsty house guests, and also because such days tend to improve after you get a couple drinks under your belt.

If you happen to associate with people who frown upon such things, then may we suggest you make a nice batch of Milk for Santa. It's an innocuous sounding drink that, in reality, is laced with enough rum to start a small fire.

That rum is infused with cinnamon, star anise and cloves for a holiday kick, and then mixed with evaporated and condensed milk—hence the name, and also the reason that you're not lying to anybody. Throw in some Coco Lopez (cream of coconut), and you've got a rich, festive drink to sip in front of the fire with a plate of cookies while your nephews terrorize your house. Yeah... better make two batches.  

Milk for Santa Recipe


  • 14 ounces infused Santa Teresa 1796 Rum* 
  • 1 can evaporated milk
  • 1 can condensed milk
  • 1 can Coco Lopez


  1. Add all ingredients into a pitcher or punch bowl, and store in the fridge until ready to serve.
  2. Garnish each glass with freshly grated cinnamon.

*Infused Rum: Add one cinnamon stick, one pinch whole cloves and one pinch star anise to a bottle of rum, and let sit for a few hours, tasting until the desired flavor is achieved. Strain out the spices. 

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