Some days, it’s difficult to make sure you're getting enough calcium.
After all it’s not the 1950s, and you’re not getting fresh bottles of milk delivered to your door every day. (Unless of course you are, because that is an option some places.)
But what if we told you that instead of slugging down a tall glass of 2%, you could just enjoy a martini instead? Would you be into that?
Then get ready to have a cow.
Jason Barber, who comes from a long line of dairy farmers, began experimenting with the milk produced by the cows on his farm in Dorset, England a few years ago. He found that after separating the curds and whey, he could combine the whey, which typically gets discarded, with a particular type of yeast to turn the dairy product into a beer. That beer is then distilled into clear vodka (yes parents, don’t worry, it doesn't look anything like real milk) and bottled for sale.
Barber first came up with the idea back in 2012, and after finally nailing a recipe down, he knew it would sell: “It tasted so good, we decided to go into production.”
As you can expect, “milk vodka” didn’t sound too appealing to people at first, but as they’ve gotten used to the idea, the masses seem to have come around. NPR reports that the creaminess of the vodka makes it a perfect pairing for an espresso martini or other coffee-based mixed drinks (and The San Francisco Spirits Competition seems to agree since they awarded the vodka a gold medal).
Unfortunately, Black Cow isn’t currently available in the United States, so you’ll have to make do with plain old vodka for now. But stay tuned: You never know when it might mooove our way.
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