Milk tart shooters

Milk tart shooters
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Probably one of the oldest, well-known recipes in South Africa is the traditional Milk tart – an open pastry case with a sweet creamy filling covered with cinnamon. Although ‘Melktert’, as we call it in Afrikaans, is still a huge hit among young and old, this post is about Milk tart shooters.

Traditional South African milk tart
A slice of traditional South African milk tart. John Mountjoy (CC BY 2.0)

The shooter form of the Milk tart is still as sweet, still as creamy, but drinkable – with a kick of liquor.

There are at least two commercial Milk tart shooter mixes available in South African bottle stores, but with this recipe, you can make a better, custom mix to your own taste. It also works out significantly cheaper, which means more shooters for more people.

Milk tart shooter ingredients

To make the minimum of about 1 L you will need:

  • At least 1 tin (385 ml) sweetened condensed milk
  • At least 1 tin (380 or 410 ml) evaporated milk
  • At least 3/4 cup (~180ml, or 7 tots @ 25ml each) of Vodka
  • Ground cinnamon (optional, but highly recommended)

The ideal ratio for a proper amount of Milk tart shooter mix is 2:1 Рtwo parts mix (two tins each) with 1 part Vodka (375 ml or Half-jack). This will make about 2 litres.

The amount of Vodka can be increased, but stronger mixtures tends to taste more like ‘cough medicine’.

Milk tart shooter ingredients
Apart from Vodka, all you need is condensed milk, evaporated milk and cinnamon.
Smirnoff Vodka
Smirnoff Vodka. Any Vodka can be used.


You can be fancy about this and do some whisking, but in essence, just mix all the ingredients together in a mixing jar and pour into an appropriate sized bottle. You can also be clever and pour the mix together into a quarter bottle of Vodka.

Shake the bottle to blend the mixture together and keep the mixture refrigerated until served.


Shake the bottle well before pouring into shooter or shot glasses. Shooters can be sprinkled with ground cinnamon. Milk tart shooters should be enjoyed chilled.

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