Milking a moose is a risky task, but drinking Moose Milk is also a dangerous game. In an interview with Imbibe magazine, Michael Boire, a retired Canadian army major, called the stuff “high-propulsion eggnog.”
On chilly nights, Moose Milk provides members of the Canadian military with a coating feeling of fullness as well as intoxication. One naval soldier described it as a handy way to use up leftover booze—anything goes. Made from hard liquor, cream, egg yolks, and a garnish of nutmeg, this hearty concoction could take down even the brawniest of men. The Canadian military lays claim to the invention of Moose Milk, but which division made it first is uncertain. The navy, army, and air force each make their own version of the drink.
Today, Moose Milk is often rum- and whiskey-based, with Kahlua for a coffee-flavored kick, and both sugar and maple syrup for sweetness. Variations include vanilla ice cream, condensed milk, brewed coffee, vodka, cinnamon, and ready-made eggnog.
Canadians—both civilians and veterans—raise a glass of Moose Milk on Christmas as well as during New Year’s Day levées. During the latter event (a centuries-old tradition), city and legion halls often give out free Moose Milk. Though civilian recipes are generally considered more decadent than military renditions, both versions are known for being powerful. Despite an innocuous appearance, Moose Milk is a bit like a real moose—underestimate its strength and it might knock you out.