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Written by Luisa Davis on . Posted in drink

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Ahh, the Moose Milk drink, a Canadian delicacy. A frothy alcoholic beverage served either warm or cold and shared amongst your (adult) family and friends. Some people also know it as Canadian Egg Nog.

Many Americans are not familiar with this delicious beverage. When Moose Milk is brought up, you may think of the milk a moose mother feeds her young, but it’s so much more than that!

Canadian Moose milk is suitable for many settings. The only similarity between all these settings is that they will become memorable moments.

Whether it’s a quiet Saturday night snuggled up beside the fireplace with the one you love the most, or a late night with close friends playing board games and watching it snow. Moose Milk will improve the moment. On the flip side, it’s perfect for when you are feeling under the weather and need something to help soothe your scratchy throat.

Love at First Sip!

When I first heard of this traditional Canadian drink, I fell in love. Who wouldn’t want a drink made for relaxing and winding down on a long cold day? It makes sense that one of the coldest countries on Earth made the perfect beverage for a cold day!

On a side note, did you know that Canada has less gravity than the rest of the world? All I can say is the first Canadian to make this specialty drink, and to help make it a countrywide tradition, are one of my favorite people to ever walk on this Earth. The only thing about this drink is that you could go to 100 different places, and no two Moose Milk drinks would be the same. Some are warm, some are blended, and some are iced.

But all of them include alcohol!

Traveling around a lot has allowed me to meet so many amazing people around the world, some of which were from Canada. Whenever it came to Saturday night fun, I always asked them to make me their version of Moose Milk.

Exceeding the Expectations!

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I won’t ever drink and not tell, unless it isn’t good enough to talk about. Are you that type of person? If it’s fantastic, I’m going to share it. If it’s the worst thing I’ve ever tasted, I’m going to warn everyone. But if it’s just mediocre, I won’t say anything at all.

I mean, what’s there to say about something that’s about what you expected? Anyways, to get back on track, stay tuned for three of my favorite Moose Milk Cocktails I’ve had from Canadians I’ve met around the world. The funny thing is, I didn’t meet any of them in Canada!

Office Christmas Moose Milk Party!

This Moose Milk was served at my office Christmas party. My coworker moved to the states and shared more than just a drink. He served part of his heritage!  I got the recipe and have been making it for people on Christmas Eve for the past four years. It’s a definite hit! Moose milk is one of those drinks you would love just to drink all day long, but you should be careful.

Moose Milk Recipes!

Before I share these recipes, I would like to say that no one under the legal drinking age should consume any of these drinks. Please drink responsibly, and don’t let a night of fun jeopardize having a tomorrow.

Collin’s Famous Office Moose Milk!

Ingredients:

  • nutmeg spice, grated nutmeg½ gallon soft vanilla bean ice cream
  • ½ gallon milk
  • 2 ½ cups of your preferred dark rum
  • 2 ½ cups of your preferred vodka
  • Side dish full of Nutmeg, so guests can add as they please
  • 2 ½ cups of Kahlua (coffee-flavored liqueur)

Directions:

  • Step one: In a crockpot, add vanilla bean ice cream, milk, Kahlua, and vodka. Set on high for 15 minutes, frequently stirring until mixture is frothy. Set on low and serve to guests.
  • Step two: In a small bowl (or fancy spice shaker), place Nutmeg beside the Crockpot. Allow guests to add their ideal amount of Nutmeg. We do this because the amount of Nutmeg is different for everyone. Some guests prefer no nutmeg, and others prefer a tablespoon. I prefer a pinch, just enough for a hint of spice.

Keep in mind that you can easily use this recipe on the stove. He just used a Crock-Pot because at my old work we didn’t have a stove to make it on. So he made it at the office using the Crockpot.

Feeds Those Taste Buds!

I enjoyed this version of a Moose Milk Cocktail because it satisfies my sweet tooth. When I think about the holidays, I think of hardy eight-course meals with a wide variety of proteins, vegetables, and starches, drowned in gravy to help force down all the grub.

This version of Moose Milk complements the meal with lightness and sweetness. As I made a point of, this version of the drink is more pleasing than other options. It’s not for everyone. Don’t worry, though, we will get into some other versions as well!

Moose Milk Mystery!

Canadian Moose Milk originated in the Canadian military as a ritual. Many men drank this drink during their time, as a special treat. Families often date their version back to the time their loved ones (now great even or great-great-grandparents) returned home from the military.

Some families have questioned the true origins of the recipe.

eggnog cocktail, eggnog cocktail recipeDuring that time, it was very hard-going due to the World Wars. Upon return, it’s certain that thousands of vets came home and began making this delicate drink. What is controversial is whether they learned to make this exact drink during their time serving, or if they just attempted to duplicate a drink they were given in the military.

Some Canadian families have admitted that they don’t know the true recipe of their version. They have simply tried to stay keep as close as possible to the way their grandparents made it for them. When discussing this dilemma of Moose Milk ingredients, only two things are generally agreed upon.

First, it’s made with a bunch of egg yolks. Second, add a bunch of the nearest available alcohol (rum, vodka, gin, even moonshine). Then BAM, it’s amazing. It makes sense that these were made for working troops as they typically incorporate so many eggs. I know what you’re thinking: the first recipe didn’t include eggs. But also remember that I said that all the versions are so different!

All About That Protein!

Which hopefully segues into my next recipe? My old personal trainer made it. Of course it would be one made with eggs. Eggs are an excellent choice for protein, and for a happy heart. Also, this version of the Canadian Egg Nog is real soul food.

This drink is for those who enjoy cold coffee condensers. Due to the abundance of whipped eggs, this drink is served cold. It can be also served warm with some modification. Warm or cold, this recipe is a crowd-pleaser. This recipe is for a smaller group of around 6-8 adults, in contrast to the first recipe. Keep in mind that if you need to fulfill a larger audience, you can simply double the ingredients.

Kurt’s Copycat Military Moose Milk

Ingredients

  • 6 egg yolks
  • 20 oz. Your choice of Canadian Whiskey
  • egg yolk cocktail, egg yolk drink20 oz. Dark Rum
  • 2 ½ oz. Kahlua
  • 5 oz. Maple Syrup
  • 20 oz. Whole milk (this will make a big difference in the taste and texture of the drink)
  • 20 oz. Heavy whipping cream
  • ½ cup Sugar

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, whisk egg yolks until they have a light, fluffy consistency.
  2. Slowly add in the sugar, continually whisking until the egg and sugar mixture becomes thick.
  3. Add in your milk, preferred Canadian Whiskey, dark rum, and Kahlua. Mix until evenly distributed.
  4. Place bowl in the refrigerator for at least 3 ½ hours. This allows the mixture time to chill thoroughly.
  5. In a medium bowl, take the heavy whipping cream and whip the cream until it’s the correct consistency (Don’t try using already whipped cream because it will go flat. Therefore, ruining the texture of Moose Milk.
  6. Using a spatula slowly fold in the whipping cream (the mixture will look flat. Don’t worry, it’s supposed to).
  7. Place in the fridge for another 1 ½ hours to allow the mixture to chill again.
  8. eggnog mixed drink, eggnog alcohol drinkGuests can begin drinking the Moose Milk. Again, keep a small bowl of Nutmeg near the beverage for those who wish to use it.

Remember to keep the Moose Milk in a cool environment due to the raw egg. Don’t worry, it won’t last long!

This recipe is a great chilled version of the beloved Moose Milk. If you’re from the States, guests will be begging for your recipe. And any Canadians will be giving you props for a beverage well done (don’t worry, it won’t hurt my feelings if this becomes a tradition, and later down the road your children and grandchildren say it was your recipe. Just smile and keep me in mind.)

Closest Relative to The First Moose Milk

This recipe is more closely related to the taste of traditional Egg Nog, due to the use of whipped eggs. It’s also an excellent option for those who don’t have a natural sweet tooth, as I do. It’s often said that this drink is preferred by “female” guests.

You know what I mean, the people who don’t usually enjoy a whiskey on the rocks. Except, I see two flaws in that. Firstly, anyone can indulge in a tasty, sweet drink to get into the holiday spirit. Two, I know some women who only enjoy their alcohol straight.

So, I’m just going to say this drink is for everyone (21+, of course)

alcohol eggnog, eggnog with alcoholThis recipe is more versatile in that it can complement every part of a holiday meal, up to and including the dessert. With the previous recipe, the sweetness of the beverage sometimes makes guests not want to enjoy that piece of pie, or my favorite, homemade Apple Crisp.

Too much sweetness often will hurt your stomach, and stomach aches and alcohol do not go along very well. I promise I don’t want to be the reason you had your head in the porcelain throne. So, this recipe is excellent if there are a lot of sweets to be eaten because it complements but doesn’t overpower.

Red Wine Moose Milk? No, That’s Caribou!

There’s a drink called Caribou that closely related to the Moose Milk Cocktail. It shares many Moose Milk ingredients, although the big flavor difference is added in Red Wine. The hint of wine sends your taste buds to a whole different planet. If you’re a fan of Moose Milk and want something different, I’d say try a glass of Caribou.

As Promised, One More Recipe!

As I promised, I have one more favorite Moose Milk recipe to share with all you beautiful people. This last recipe must be the easiest one. The only problem is if you are expecting a crowd. Unless you can afford a bartender, this recipe will leave you standing with a shaker all night. It’s more of a drink for you and a loved one wrapped up in a blanket around the fireplace.

With the convenience of the single-serve glasses, this drink is excellent for a couple or a handful of people. We’ve had a frothy, warm recipe. We’ve had a frothy cold recipe, with a whipped texture. Now here’s a recipe of Moose Milk on the rocks.

Moose Milk and Homemade Dinner the Way to Any Girl’s Heart

This was the first Moose Milk that feeds my passion and fascination. It’s simple and elegant. It’s delicious and sexy. I’m the type of person whose heart belongs to food — a real food lover.

canadian whiskey, best canadian whiskeySo, when my boyfriend surprised me on our first Christmas together with this drink and a steak and lobster dinner, he made it with love. I couldn’t help but love him more. This version of the drink is perfect for any date night, holiday or not. I mean, who made the rule it’s only for holidays when it was first created to share on any special event?

Let’s get to the recipe before I go on another tangent.

Hubby’s Date Night Moose Milk Cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ ounce Preferred Canadian Whiskey
  • 1 ½ ounce Rum
  • 2 tsp. Kahlua
  • 5 ounces Half and Half
  • ½ ounce Maple Syrup
  • ¼ tsp. sugar
  • 2 Egg yolks

Directions:

  1. Using a cocktail shaker, add the Whiskey, rum, Kahula, Half and Half, Maple syrup, sugar, and egg yolks (cocktail 101: make sure there’s ice in the shaker).
  2. Shake thoroughly for roughly 30 seconds
  3. Empty the mixture into a drink glass filled with ice. Feel free to add Nutmeg if desired.

eggnog martini, eggnog martini recipeThis recipe will surely be a hit for any occasion that has three people or less, again unless you have a hired bartender. There are so many more fun and exciting versions of this drink. Some will blow your mind; others may cause you to wish your taste buds were gone.

As any drink that has so many variations, not all of them will be for you. That’s the best part of this drink, though. The unknown aspect of the Canadian Moose Milk straight from the military. It allows everyone to pick and play.

Sometimes people create a delicious new version of the drink. Did you know that it’s rumored that the Canadian military created this drink by accident? By using ingredients on hand, they had to create a treat for the soldiers. Crazy how that works sometimes. Necessity is the mother of invention.

Conclusion

There you have it. Three very different variations of the drink for different sized crowds. Warm, chilled, or iced, you can’t go wrong. If you live in the states and are just discovering this tasty beverage, you won’t be let down.

This drink is a delicacy for any occasion. Although, it’s best known for adding to the holiday spirit due to its components and initial taste. Write down a recipe and use it at your next outing, or if you want it just for you, get up and make yourself a Moose Milk drink!

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Luisa Davis

Luisa Davis

Luisa Davis is a frelance writer and foodie based in Portland, California. Though raised on her mother's homestyle Italian cooking, she has spent most of the last five years traveling and immersing herself in other countries' cuisines. Her work have been published in various publications, both online and offline.

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