Published on June 29, 2022
Zero waste to a wonderful taste. What more could you want?
Black Cow is the world’s first Pure Milk Vodka that has been producing great tasting spirits since 2012. Made in West Dorset using the leftovers from grass-grazed cows milk after making delicious cheese. Using milk as the only source ingredient is what makes their vodka so deliciously smooth.
Current statistics and data show that the traditional methods of making spirits is not sustainable. From the large amounts of water just to make one bottle, and the CO2 output, it is time to start looking at alternatives. That is what West Dorset dairy farmer, Jason Barber, set out to do. The founder of Black Cow vodka designed his company to be sustainable by producing spirits from waste whey less water is used and reduces CO2 emissions, lessening the environmental impacts of cheese making and spirit production.
It all started Jason and his neighbour, Archie, shared a love of vodka, but thought they could do something different using Jason’s waste from the farm. In 2011, they came up with the idea of Pure Milk Vodka. After a year of experimenting, sipping and tweaking, in 2012 they officially launched Black Cow.
Black Cow is based on a farm in the heart of West Dorset, a cross-country ramble several miles from Beaminster. Everything is done on the farm to keep things simple, even Jason’s 250-strong herd of dairy cows graze on nearby fields. They know milk is precious, so they don’t waste a drop. It starts with separating the milk into curds and whey. The curds make the cheese – including Black Cow Deluxe Cheddar – and the whey turns into the ‘world’s smoothest vodka’ through a secret distilling process that is done on the farm. It is then bottled by hand and ready for consumption.
50ml Black Cow Vodka
Dash of Dry Vermouth
5ml Olive Brine
Pour the vodka, a splash of dry vermouth and olive brine into a cocktail shaker with a handful of ice. Shake well. Stain the contents into a chilled martini glass. Add the olive and serve.
Innovative, unique and superior tasting vodka, made entirely from the milk of cows.
Black Cow is the world’s first Pure Milk Vodka. Made from left over whey from milk when making cheese, it has an exceptionally smooth and creamy character. Sip neat, or mix in a long drink or cocktail.
Black Cow strawberry vodka is flavoured naturally by the fruit with no added sugar or sweeteners. Locally sourced, leftover or misshapen English strawberries that would otherwise go to waste are pressed and infused in their original vodka to create a fresh, light vodka with the unmistakable taste of freshly picked strawberries.
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Chloe looks after all copywriting and proof-reading for Drink Warehouse UK, working with the Marketing team to deliver educational content to all our customers. She has spent many years in the hospitality sector, moving from behind the bar to now helping venues to stock their own. You can find more from Chloe about beer, cider, spirits, wine, non-alcoholic, soft drinks and RTDs all over our blogs, website, social media and Set The Bar magazine.