Milk Tart Cocktail - Melktertjies

8 servings
5 min

This South African cocktail is a creamy, comforting delicacy made with vodka, condensed and evaporated milk, and cinnamon. It's so easy to prepare, and you'll be sipping on it in just minutes.

Also known as melktertjies, melktert shooters, or milk tart liqueur, it has the same cozy aroma as the famous South African milk tart dessert but with an exciting kick. It's the perfect stand-in for eggnog if you're not a fan of it, like me.

A single sip will convert you into a melktertjies enthusiast for life - no one can resist the temptation of this delicious cocktail. Booze and milk tart, what's not to love?

It's quick and easy to make - ready in 5 minutes with just four simple ingredients. Liqueurs make the perfect holiday hostess gift. This modern South African drink is suitable for serving in a cocktail glass (for sipping) or in shooters, shot glasses, and jiggers.

You can enjoy this sweet, yummy, indulgent adult beverage similar as you would Bailey's or Kahlua's. It's perfect on the rocks (with ice cubes) on hot summer evenings.

Commercial milk tart shooter mixes are available in South African liquor stores, but you can make a better, custom mix to your taste with this recipe.

It also works out significantly cheaper, which means more melktertjie for more people.

Milk Tart Cocktail - Melktertjies
Recipe details
  • 8  servings
  • Prep time: 5 Minutes Cook time: 0 Minutes Total time: 5 min
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  • 375 ml vodka
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk 14 ounces
  • 1 can evaporated milk 12 ounces
  • ground cinnamon for serving

Empty the can of condensed and evaporated milk into a large bowl.
Add vodka. If you want less kick, use only 300 ml.
Blend vodka, condensed milk, and evaporated milk using a whisk, food processor, or pour into an appropriate-sized bottle and shake well.
Transfer to clean bottles and keep refrigerated for at least an hour before serving, or serve with ice cubes if you prefer.
Before serving, sprinkle each melktertjie cocktail with ground cinnamon.
  • Start by adding only one cup of vodka if you like less kick. You can always add more to whatever you feel comfortable with. There aren't any rules on ingredient amounts!
  • Before serving, sprinkle each melktertjie cocktail with ground cinnamon.
  • To get the right flavor, always keep the bottle in the fridge. Shake well before pouring into a cocktail, shooter, or shot glass.
  • For more tips and FAQs, visit the post on the blog by following the link below.
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  • Phl Phl on Nov 12, 2023

    How do you make it sugar free for diabetic?

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    • All that's Jas All that's Jas on Nov 12, 2023

      Try making your own condensed milk. This recipe makes 7.5 oz or 1 ⅓ cups, so you might need to adjust (double the recipe):

      In a microwave-safe dish, stir 1 ⅓ cups powdered milk into ½ cup cold water until dissolved. Microwave for 1 minute or until steaming. Stir in ¾ cup Splenda granular or Stevia, or sweetener of your choice, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Cover and chill in the refrigerator.

      It comes out to about 90 calories and 9 grams of sugar per 2 tablespoons.