For Christmas I’m going to be buying a bottle of Black Cow Vodka and experiment with a bit of mixology.
The Vodka, the world’s first to be produced entirely from milk, is fermented using the whey from the cattle on Jason Barbers farm in Dorset, and is currently being stocked by upmarket suppliers such as Fortnum & Mason, Selfridges & Booths and I’m all for supporting home grown and produced products.
Here are two cocktails that sound as though they will get the festivities started and Christmas is, after all, a time of year for treating friends and family, and yourself, to something a little bit special.
Dirty Cow Martini
100-120 ml Black Cow Vodka
3 medium olives in brine
Crush a couple of the olives in a jug with a fork or the end of a rolling pin.
Place the stoneless olives in your cocktail shaker with the vodka and shake for 20 seconds.
Drain into a martini glass and garnish with the remaining olive on a cocktail stick.
Daisy The Cow
25ml Black Cow Vodka
15ml Lemon syrup
5-10ml freshly squeezed lemon juice
Sprig of thyme
Make a syrup with sugar, water and lemon zest by melting the sugar and water over a low heat with the added lemon zest.
Put the Vodka, lemon syrup, fresh lemon juice and champagne in a champagne glass and top up with more champagne.
Garnish with a sprig of thyme