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Captain Crunch Cereal Milk – Milk Punch Recipe

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Last Updated on June 8, 2023 by Leah Hall

A childhood cereal version of a classic Brandy Milk Punch Recipe!


With two little boys in our house, we ALWAYS have cereal in the house. And usually its the super sugary kind! I had seen a cereal milk cocktail a while back and it’s always been in the back of my mind to make, so when we had some Captain Crunch in the house I knew what had to happen!

A cereal milk rum flip cocktail made with milk and Captain Crunch and rum

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Captain Crunch Cereal

Captain Crunch cereal was always a childhood favorite of mine when I could get it! Then I came across this Lucky Charms Cereal Milk Cocktail from Natalie Jacob of Arsenic Lace, and she had done a post on A Beautiful Mess. I took my inspiration for that cocktail into this one!

A cereal milk rum flip cocktail made with milk, Captain Crunch and Rum.

Brandy Milk Punch

When we were researching cereal milk punches, we noticed it sounded like a twist on a Brandy Milk Punch cocktail, which is a classic cocktail based usually with brandy or bourbon. This recipe was apparently first recorded in William Sacheverell’s 1688 travelogue of the Scottish isle of Iona, however the first time it appears in a cookbook was in 1711.

Cereal Milk Cocktail with blue and white straw

What Ingredients are Needed for the Cereal Milk Cocktail?

  • For the Punch
    • Brown Sugar Simple Syrup
    • Vanilla or Almond Extract
    • Cereal Milk
    • Dark Rum
  • For the Cereal Milk
    • Salt
    • Brown Sugar
    • Whole Milk
    • Captain Crunch Cereal


Brandy Milk Punch was originally made for a crowd in a punch bowl, and they used curdled and strained cream through the use of alcohol or acid or heating (as was Ben Franklin’s favored method!) And if Ben Franklin (who was a real party animal in his own right!) liked this, we should too, right?! Queen Victoria also had a favorite milk punch too! If it’s good enough for royalty…..

Cocktail with cereal, blue and white straw

Cereal Milk

So onto the modern twist of cereal milk! Using a twist of Milk Bar’s cereal milk recipe, we embraced the cereal milk craze created by Christina Tosi! Then we added dark rum, which is a twist from the classic, as it’s usually brandy or whiskey, but we tried all the liquor (oh darn, such a tough job!), and liked the flavor of the rum with the cereal milk!

Cereal Milk cocktail with straw and cereal

Go with an aged dark rum, at least 4 years, as it is sweeter and more molasses-y, which with compliment the milk and the simple syrup. Speaking of the simple syrup, when adding it, err on the side of caution because if you add too much and it’s too sweet, you may not like your drink. You can always add more later!

Cocktail in rocks glass with blue and white straw, cereal in and around

We also used a bit of extracts to add flavors in this cocktail, the vanilla makes the milk punch recipe a little sweeter and more fragrant, and the almond a little more rich, so just decide which you like better!


Rum Milk Cocktail

Make sure to enjoy this twist on a classic milk punch recipe, with Captain Crunch Cereal!




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Recipe inspired by Natalie Jacob on A Beautiful Mess.

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Yield: 1

Captain Crunch Cereal Milk Punch Cocktail

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 33 minutes

Captain Crunch Crunch Berries Cereal Milk Cocktail - made with rum and a childhood cereal!


For the cereal milk:

  • 2 cups Captain Crunch Cereal
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

For the punch:

  • 2 ounce dark rum
  • 4 ounce cereal milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract
  • .25-.5 ounce brown sugar simple syrup


Cereal milk

Pour Captain Crunch into a bowl, and then add milk.

Let it infuse for at least 20 minutes at room temperature.

Pour the mixture through a fine mesh strainer. Throw away the cereal.

Add brown sugar and salt to the milk, whisk to combine.

Can be refrigerated and kept for up to one week before using.

For the Cocktail

Combine dark rum and extract with cereal milk into cocktail shaker.

Shake with ice.

Strain into glass with ice.

Top with more cereal if desired.



You can use either Classic Captain Crunch or the berries. Either works.

For the simple syrup in the cocktail: put in the least amount of sugar at first so you don't make it too sweet. You can always add more if needed.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 209Total Fat: 6.8gSaturated Fat: 3.8gTrans Fat: 22gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 309mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: .4gSugar: 19.5gProtein: 8.7g

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Paul Price

Thursday 21st of March 2024

Looking to do this for a large party. Any issues with making a large batch and leaving in the fridge?

Leah Hall

Thursday 21st of March 2024

Hey Paul! Shouldn't be a problem. Cheers!

Geeky Daddy

Friday 26th of July 2019

This sounds awesome! I love drinking the milk out of the bottom of the cereal bowl!

The 'Noms.

Friday 26th of July 2019

Thanks so much! It's just like that, but we added booze, LOL! Cheers!

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