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Melktert shooters (melktertjies)

Melktert shooters (better known as “melktertjies”) is quite the modern South African shooter. It smells and tastes like melktert (South African milk tart) with a bit of kick and can turn people who never bothered with shooters or cocktails before, into melktert shooter enthusiasts within a single sip.

There are a few variations of this most sought-after recipe, but the basic ingredients remain the same. We settled for the following melktertjie recipe.

Makes approximately 860 ml


  • One 375 ml bottle Vodka (you can reduce it to 300 ml if you prefer less kick)
  • One 395 gram (300ml) tin of condensed milk (use up to two cans to make it thicker and sweeter)
  • Half of a 375 ml tin evaporated milk
  • Ground cinnamon to serve


  1. Mix well, using a food processer or whisk, and bottle, or simply pour the ingredients into a 1-litle bottle and shake well.
  2. Keep in the fridge. Shake well before pouring into shooter or shot glasses.
  3. Sprinkle each melktertjie with ground cinnamon and serve chilled.