New England’s Weirdest Milkshake Is a Moxie and Milk
New Englanders from Massachusetts to Maine are known for some weird beverages, but this milky mixture might take the shake – err, cake.
OK, so technically a Moxie and Milk isn’t a milkshake because it doesn’t have ice cream, but adding a few scoops of vanilla to this drink concoction might not be a bad idea. It basically tastes like one without the ice cream anyway.
My pursuit to try a Moxie and Milk came about the other day, when I was discussing my recent article on Moxie, New England’s most polarizing soda (sorry, Polar Soda), on my radio program. A woman called in to share how in the 1950s, she would attend birthday parties and a popular drink to serve was a Moxie and Milk. I was both repulsed and intrigued at the same time.
Now, mixing soda with milk is a pretty common concept. In 2019, “Milk Coke” took social media by storm as people started mixing – yup, you guessed it – Coca-Cola with milk. They couldn’t have come up with a more clever name? Even Pepsi and milk, made popular by the character Laverne in the 1970s sitcom Laverne and Shirley, has the nickname of “pilk.”
Yet Moxie is such an acquired taste that mixing it with milk is even more atrocious to some. So naturally, I had to try it myself.
My quest to find some Moxie was not easy. I visited nine stores across Fairhaven and New Bedford before finally securing some. Thankfully, the milk was a lot easier to procure.
I did a quick Google search and found out the proper ratio of Moxie to milk; not surprisingly, it’s a 50-50 combination. After mixing it up, I decided to record some video (at the wrong orientation, of course) to capture the special moment of my very first taste of Moxie and Milk:
If you’re interested in giving it a shot at home, I made sure to document the step-by-step process of how to make it for yourself – because just saying “mix half a glass of Moxie with half a glass of milk” would have been too easy, I guess.