Monday, 19 December 2016

Canadian Forces Moose Milk

1st time I ever had Moose Milk was when I was onboard HMCS Iroquois.  Then I noticed that it's every where I went when I was in the Canadian Forces.

Canadian Navy Moose Milk


1.14 litre dark rum
1.14 litre Kahlua
1.14 litre vodka
4 litres of vanilla soft scoop ice cream
4 litres of homogenized milk


Mix gently until frothy with still a few ice cream lumps. Liberally sprinkle nutmeg over top. Enjoy and give vehicle keys to a party staying sober.

Canadian Army Moose Milk


40 oz Lambs Dark Rum
40 oz Kahlua
40 oz Vodka
1 gallon Vanilla Ice Cream (the good creamy expensive kind)
1 gallon eggnog


Mix all together, breaking up the ice cream a bit. Sprinkle nutmeg on top if you so desire. Stir occasionally as the ice cream starts to melt. Enjoy!

Canadian Air Force

Messes traditionally serve “Moose Milk” at their New Year’s Levees. This alcoholic concoction contains no moose milk whatsoever. The recipes vary, but tend to include eggs, sugar, maple syrup, cream, or ice cream, and some combination of rye whiskey and rum.
The Official (well…sort of) Recipe for RCAF Moose Milk

Anyways, here’s another Canadian recipe for Moose Milk – metric of course.


1 l rum
1 l Kahlua
1 l vodka
3 l vanilla ice cream (softened)
3 l 1% milk (just to be diet conscious)
chocolate pieces (break up a dark chocolate candy bar or two- this is the added secret moose poop garnish)


Stir together, leave in some lumps. Sprinkle nutmeg on top.

You may need to play with the proportions to suit your palate. It does make a lot, but that usually doesn’t seem to be a problem, somehow it gets used up. Can leave you with a bit of a hangover, probably all that milk. Or maybe it’s heading out for spicy food after – been there, done that.

1st edit - requested by Ridgetech
Could I scale this down to something that can be made at home?  YES!  The measurements are close approximation for the meteric equivalents.

Moose Milk for one
1.5 ounces (45 ml) Dark Rum
1.5 ounces (45 ml) Kahlua
1.5 ounces (45 ml) Vodka
4 ounces (125 ml) of vanilla soft scoop ice cream
4 ounces (125 ml) of homogenized milk

Put everything in a 14 oz (415 ml) glass.  Stir till mixed.  Enjoy!  Or you can use a Magic Bullet, don't blend for very long, the milk and ice cream are going to froth up. 

Moose Milk for two
3 ounces (90 ml) Dark Rum
3 ounces (90 ml) Kahlua
3 ounces (90 ml) Vodka
8 ounces (250 ml) of vanilla soft scoop ice cream
8 ounces (250 ml) of homogenized milk

Put everything into a small blender.  I'm lucky enough to have the Ninja blender with 2 pitchers.  Blend till smooth.  Server in 2 x 14 oz (415 ml) glasses.  Enjoy!

Moose Milk by the pitcher - six to eight servings
8 ounces (250 ml) Dark Rum
8 ounces (250 ml) Kahlua
8 ounces (250 ml) Vodka
20 ounces (625 ml) of vanilla soft scoop ice cream
20 ounces (625 ml) of homogenized milk

Put everything into a large blender.  Blend till smooth.  Enjoy!

4 x 17 oz (500 ml) glasses - you don't have to recharge your glasses as often
6 x 11 oz (325 ml) glasses
8 x 8 oz (250 ml) glasses

Be ready to make a second pitcher!

Note: Courtesy of Cape Breton Post

MOOSE MILK WARNING – Within anything from a few minutes to an hour after imbibing on Moose Milk you will begin to feel the benefits. 

Initially a mild feeling of euphoria will overtake you as your metabolism increases its efficiency. Within a very short period thereafter, you will note various other benefits including a massive increase in confidence, pride, intelligence and magnetism to the opposite sex. There are only two possible negative side effects and they can be avoided by following these warnings:

1. If you feel the urge to paw the ground and run head long into a member of the opposite sex. Resist.  Your really not that sexy.

2. Despite the strong cravings you will undoubtedly feel for more moose milk, under no circumstances should you attempt to milk a moose on your own; this job is strictly for the professionals.

Comments and suggestions are ALWAYS welcome.


  1. Not a drinker, but loved the post.

    1. Thanks for taking the time to comment. I do aspire to being famous some day. LOL

    2. You really need to try it, it'll change you forever.. for the better... and I'm not much of a drinker either.

  2. being an infantry grunt who is very familiar with moose milk and the resulting lack of coordination and cognitive thought, I wasn't aware there was a different recipe for each branch..

    1. I didn't know that either, till I had run across something at work one day. I kept it and then it eventually found it's way in to my food blog.

  3. Replies
    1. Honestly, I should really think about scaling it down so that you could make this at home.

    2. I like the scaling down idea as well Mitch.

    3. Ridgetech, as requested, I've put in the scaled down amounts.

  4. Thanks!! Sticky floor is just around the corner!!!��������

    1. ha ha... I remember the sticky floor parties at CFB Moose Jaw. Good times!

  5. Thank you Mitch I'm making this weekend to test it out!!

    1. In Cold Lake 1990-95,it was know as the Base Crawl lol mostly because of the Moose Milk ;)

  6. Gotta try this ASAP! Not sure what branch of military I'm brave enough to tackle, tho...

    1. I'm not 100% sure who the originator was. But since Navy is the senior service, I'm going to go with that one.

  7. Love the side effects addition. Had many a moose milk home and foreign port

    1. Ah yes, the Foreign Port Sunday Moose Milk. I remember it fondly.

  8. Channel fever treat! The recipe we used was much heavier on the drink but always made for a good time.

    1. The ships I sailed on, we had Mimosa. Orange Juice and Champagne, mixed 1/2 and 1/2.

  9. I was introduced to moose milk back in the 70s and 80s when I was in the naval reserve. Fast forward many years and I work as a public servant for DND. My unit was just discussing this today as we prepare for our sticky floor event. Glad to have these recipes! Thank you!

    1. I was a Bosn for 2 years at HMCS Scotian. '79 and '80, then went Reg Force after that.

  10. I was introduced to moose milk back in the 70s and 80s when I was in the naval reserve. Fast forward many years and I work as a public servant for DND. My unit was just discussing this today as we prepare for our sticky floor event. Glad to have these recipes! Thank you!

  11. When I was on the Calgary, we also added Vodka and Baileys to the mix��

  12. The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders used to make their moose milk with scotch - don't know if they still do.

  13. Thank you! I first hear about moose milk in the 80's when my dad was bar manager of the Chiefs and PO's mess on the HMCS Ottawa. He recently passed away but this brings back so many wonderful memories of him. 💕

    1. I was 'on loan' to HMCS Ottawa the Spring of 83. What's your father's name? I may have sailed with on a different shpi.

    2. Hi there,

      Hmmm... I've met so many many people over my 25 year career. I must say, the name doesn't ring a bell. I would have worked in the Wardroom and didn't really interact with a lot of the C&PO's at the time.

  14. Just a little joke for you army guys from a retired sailor.


    Government reject unfit for naval training.

    Just a joke buddy.

    Have a nice day.

    Long live Moose Milk. Mmmmmmmmmm

  15. When i was stationed in Naples Italy i used to make it all the time for the Brits. They loved it. For a different taste you can always add a bottle of Amaretto.

  16. Grunt...A noise made by the men pointing up at those flying machine things...��

  17. I had this back in the mid 90's at a get together/party on the Calgary army base with my partner who was in the army at the time. A bunch of us Newfies and moose milk...always a good time! Lol

    1. I've only been to Calgary twice. Once cause the plane landed there and the second time, with Sea Cadets exchange and we went there for the day.

  18. Thanks for sharing, Mitch!! I've had the luxury of sampling these..... ;) . Lots of great memories!! :)

    1. The BEST NEw Year's levee story...

      I was at CFB Shearwater. Myself (Cpl at the time) along with the Pte Paul Dugas. We volunterred for Base duty for New year's eve. This meant you didn't pull any duty watches for the next full year. The next day, the rest of the Stwd's gathered at Warrior Block and we commenced to drinking at 09:00. There was an Admin Clk that used to hang out with us. Cpl Erik Schibler, who eventually took his omission...

      Any who... by 11:00 were well into our cups. We get into our uniforms and head on over to the original Sea King Club.

      The Moose Milk was already made, and we were waiting on the Base Commander to have the first glass. Now we all worked at the old H-hut, that was the Base HQ. Now being that we were on an Air Force base, the senior officers all knew each of us by first name.

      The Base CO approached us, as we were all waiting on him to have the first glass. I think it would have been Pte Rob Dockerill that would have poured the glass and passed it to the Base Commander. He then raised his glass and turned to Cpl Erik Schibler and said: Well Erik, how's the Moose Milk?

      Before we could stop him, Erik grabbed both sides of the punch bowl and plunged his head into the Moose Milk.

      He tokk a big swig and then came up for air. His face is dripping Moose Milk into the front on his tunic. The real funny part was that he really couldn't see anything as his glasses were covered in Moose Milk.

      He then turned towards the Base Commander and pretty much screamed: IT'S FUCKING GREAT!

      Of course as he is screaming this... Moose Milk is flying everywhere off his face.

      Myself, Paul, Rob and the other Stwd's knew then and there, the New Year's levee has ended for us. We tried to grab Erik, but he ran away from us laughing in a high pitched squeal of delight!

      We managed got grab Erik by the pool table, and we were husting him back towards Warrior Block. Now who should be driving by ats we were almost back to the barracks... but the Base CWO. Erik wasn't done making a name for himself. As the Base Chief recognizes all of us and is giving us a friendly wave... Erik decides this is the best time to give the Base Chief the finger.

      We managed to grab Erik again before the Base Chief noticed how he was being greeted.

      We got Erik back into one of the transient rooms and we hid there for the rest of the day.

      I think the next work day was on a Wednesday. We all thought we were going to be on charge parade. Nope. The senior staff all took it in stride and knew, when you work hard, you play hard.

    2. OMG....Pissing maself at this! I can see me doing a tabletop hootchy koo in a similar state 1975 at the Bay Street Armoury ��.
      Repeat 'command performances' rendered at Gov Hse Victoria, Griesbach, Namao, Currie, Sarcee, et al over the next decade+.
      Every year I threaten to make this for my mad hielander neighbours - this year I shall as 2020 needs ushering out with a highly polished, size 4 combat boot up it's dowp!!! ��

      Carol Hutton (811��)
      Now living in Scotland

      Ps Our local Lochnagar Reserve will suit nicely instead of a pedestrian rum....

    3. Carol,

      I'm glad that I was able to bring a little joy to your day. 2020 has been a rather savage year.


  19. To be fair, Kalua is just Rum, sugar, vanilla and coffee. It's waste to use on this recipe. I submit Bair's Westie Moose Milk
    - Bottle of Rum
    - Bottle of Vodka
    - Bottle of Rum
    - Urn of Coffee. Probably the pot somebody put on at Remembrance Day and it's been sitting there ever since.
    - Cheapest carton of vanilla ice-cream
    - 1 Cups of Maple Syrup
    - 3 Tbsp of Vanilla
    - 3 Tbsp of Cinnamon
    - 1 Tbsp of Nutmeg
    - Extend with Milk (or don't)

    1. Oh my... two bottles of rum. I could go for that. ha ha