Moose Milk (cocktail)

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Moose Milk is a traditional Canadian alcoholic mixed drink with roots in the historic celebratory events of the Canadian Armed Forces. It is also served at the Levée, a New Year's Day celebration held all levels of the Canadian governmental administrations to honour the member of the armed forces, from the federal level to municipalities.[1][2] The term was first recorded used to describe the cocktail in the 1915-1920.[3]


The Royal Canadian Navy, Royal Canadian Air Force, and Canadian Army all claim as the originator of the drink.[1][2][4]

Events or parties held in the Royal Canadian Navy serving Moose Milk, are known as "Moosers".[5] The Navy also serves the drink on-board on Sundays while the ships are in port, the phrase "moose is loose" is used to refer to the presence of the drink at various locations (e.g. " The moose is loose in the main cafeteria").[6]


Moose milk is composed of five different classes of ingredients:[7][8][9]

Egg yolks are sometimes used directly or indirectly through egg nog or ice cream to prevent separation of the drink.[9]

See also[edit]

  • Caribou: A mix of red wine, maple syrup, and Canadian whisky. Similar roots to Moose Milk.


  1. ^ a b "NEW YEAR'S LEVEE AND MOOSE MILK". Cape Breton News. 2010-12-31. Retrieved 2016-08-25.
  2. ^ a b "The History of Moose Milk". Shooters Woodfire Grill. Retrieved 2016-08-25.
  3. ^ "the definition of moose milk". Retrieved 2019-02-02.
  4. ^ "Moose Milk Recipe -". Retrieved 2016-08-25.
  5. ^ Nelson, Mark R. (2014-10-29). Jackspeak of the Royal Canadian Navy: A Glossary of Canadian Naval Terminology (1 ed.). Mark Nelson. ISBN 978-0-9732825-3-5.
  6. ^ "Moosemilk | Hamilton Naval Heritage Association". Retrieved 2019-02-02.
  7. ^ "Navy Moose Milk Drink Recipe". Liverpool Ships and Sailors. Retrieved 2016-08-25.
  8. ^ Scribe, Otteray. "Royal Canadian Air Force Moose Milk Recipe". Daily Kos. Retrieved 2016-08-25.
  9. ^ a b "Moose's Milk". The Drink Kings. 2014-11-05. Retrieved 2016-08-25.

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