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I left the Andromeda the weekend before she joined Standing Naval Force Atlantic (SNFL). However talking to the Killick Bunting later in the year, he entioned Moose Milk and what a favourite it was at all levels of planning and how well attended they were on th Canadian Flagship.
So what is it?
Oh 3 to 4 different types of hard alcohol plus ice cream. Its really one big wake up call when you stand up after having a few and not know what it is. :)
Most excellent beverage, Sunday mornings during SNFL then up, breakie and over to the friendly Canadian Unit, quick word with the onboard Comms ratings and down to the mess for Moose Milk
Few hours later, poured off gangway and Zig Zag Plan Alpha back to your ship, hold your breathe whilst you board and walk slowly past the QM/BM and OOD then down to the mess to crash in your pit for a few hours.
I left the Andromeda the weekend before she joined Standing Naval Force Atlantic (SNFL). However talking to the Killick Bunting later in the year, he mentioned Moose Milk and what a favourite it was at all levels of planning and how well attended they were on the Canadian Flagship.
So what is it?
I realize that this is a somewhat ancient thread, but thought I'd add to it anyway!
There are as many recipes for "Moose Milk" as there are units who serve it. Suffice it to say that it involves a variety of alcoholic ingredients, plus ice cream and usually eggnog
My favorite version is:
40 oz Dark Rum (preferably Lamb's Navy)
40 oz Kahlua
40 oz Vodka (preferably Smirnoff)
4 litres of Vanilla Ice Cream
4 litres of eggnog
It is as dangerous a drink as Pina Colada ... it goes down all too smoothly, tends to sneak up on you and before you know it ... POW!
And for another quintessentially Canadian beverage, there is always the dreaded "Caribou!"
Pat in Halifax
I remember when I first joined, this was much more common. In the day (early 80s), a bunch of us lived on board (wont say which ship as to protect the innocent!) and for New Years day, there was always about 5 gallons of it made by the duty cook for living on board members (even if there were only a handful of us!). Suffice to say, as mentioned, it sneaks up on you. You stand up to go to the heads and discover that your legs don't work. Once you somehow make it out of the cafeteria, the doorhandle into the heads doesn't work very well. Once in the stall, the door wont stay in one position and keeps banging into your shoulder and the next thing you know, someone is banging you on the back of the head....Oh wait, that is your head bouncing off the deck as you realize you are staring up at lights...and the deckhead...and the underside of a urinal...and a couple shipmates laughing their arses off at you! Aaah, such fond memories of a much simpler life.
I remember one New Years specifically trying to phone my mom and dad to wish them a Happy New Year after about 3 hours of moose milk. Let's just say thank God for the sink under the boiler water test kit in the MSE Office!
Yes, on NATO deployments, it was always a big hit too. Quite often, the Canadian ships 'adopted' foreign sailors for the night. It happens now but is much subdued. I think the last I saw it was during a Great Lakes deployment when maybe 2 gallons was made for a reception of 200+ people. In the 80s, that would have been a half dozen of those big stainless steel tubs!
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