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Melktertjies (South African Eggnog)

“Melktertjies”, also know as “melktert shooters” is as South African as can be and basically our version of eggnog.   It smells and tastes like melktert (Milk Tart) with a bit of kick. A single sip of this delicious alcoholic drink is all it will take to make you want to come back for more.

Be sure to try Carolié de Koster’s authentic recipe for Grandma’s Milk Tart, which is the real deal, or her quick and easy Quick Baked Milk Tart, which is a crustless version of this South African favourite.

Be sure to also try the recipe for Home-made Eggnog, which can be served hot or cold.

The mixture can unfortunately not be turned into “Melktertjie” Ice-cream due to the high alcohol content, but it tastes great if you place the mixture in the freezer for an hour or two before serving.

200 ml vodka (or more to taste)
397 g condensed milk
100 to 200 ml milk, evaporated milk or cream
1 ml ground cinnamon

Cinnamon Sugar Garnish
25 ml sugar
1 ml ground cinnamon

  1. Combine the ingredients in a hand blender and process until blended. Alternatively, pour the ingredients into a shaker and shake well.
  2. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  3. When ready to serve, combine the sugar and cinnamon in a small mixing bowl and mix well.
  4. Separate the egg and transfer the egg yolk to a ziplock bag. Seal and refrigerate for later use.
  5. Dip the rims of the glasses in the water and then in the cinnamon-sugar mixture.
  6. Stir or shake the Melktertjie-mixture well before dividing it between about shot glasses.

About 500 ml.


  • Add more Vodka if preferred.
  • Divide the mixture between 4 x 200 ml small glasses for a Don Pedro-type drink (pictured below).
  • Substitute the Vodka for additional milk for a child-friendly version.
  • The recipe can easily be doubled for more portions.