Each summer Black Cow Vodka holds the Gold Top Cup - a cocktail competition, held at the Black Cow Distillery, Bar + Kitchen in beautiful West Dorset, UK.
Entrants compete in regional heats around the world, with the winners from each final invited to the Gold Top Cup. This year, it will be held on Wednesday 5 September and Thursday 6 September 2018.
The aim is to inspire and encourage the best, most inventive and imaginative mixologists to showcase their work across Black Cow's social media channels during this two-day event.
This year, Black Cow presents the Gold Top Cup: zero–waste cocktail, a food + drink pairing. To enter successfully into the Gold Top Cup, each bartender must develop a dish and cocktail pairing, with the cocktail using the by-product of the dish.
This theme reflects the ethos of Black Cow and their sustainability. Whey has always been the waste dilemma within the dairy industry with excess volumes produced in the cheese making process. Black Cow takes this undervalued by-product and transforms it into a truly superior vodka.
Watch out for the announcement of the local competition final (all are welcome) and come along to cheer your favourite bartender.
Until then stock up your home bar with some bottles of Black Cow and experiment yourself!
Black Cow Vodka
Black Cow Pure Milk Vodka is a unique artisanal vodka; the first of its kind made entirely from the milk of grass grazed cows and nothing else. Fresh whole milk makes exceptionally smooth vodka with a unique creamy character.
Pure Milk Vodka is the invention of dairy farmer Jason Barber. Situated on England’s West Dorset coast, his inspiration came from a desire to diversify the produce from his 250 strong dairy herd and his deep personal interest in vodka.
Vodka from milk?! How is it made?
Once the cows have been milked, the milk is separated into curds and whey. The curds are used to make cheese and the whey is fermented into a beer using a special yeast that converts the natural milk sugars into alcohol. This milky beer is then distilled and treated to a secret blending process. The vodka is then triple filtered and finished, before being hand bottled. Black Cow is made from the same milk that is used to make the award winning Barber’s 1833 cheddar, and our own Black Cow Deluxe Cheddar.
Singapore based Bannie Kang was crowned winner of the 2018 Global Black Cow Cup cocktail competition. You can try her drink - “The Thinker” - made with fermented banana enzyme, at Anti:dote bar at the Fairmont Hotel in Singapore where she’s the Head Bartender.
700 ml / 40% abv
Old Young's Pure No. 1 Vodka
Australian sugarcane meets Swan Valley grapes, resulting in a modern classic, with a crisp, clean flavour and a wonderfully smooth finish. This is small-batch spirit making at its finest. Pure No. 1 is pure enjoyment.
Best served neat - straight from the freezer.
90% Australian Sugar Cane, 10% Swan Valley Grapes
Trophy – Champion Vodka – 2016 & 2017 Australian Distilled Spirits Awards
Trophy – Best International Vodka – 2017 American Distilling Institute Awards
Gold – 2016 & 2017 Australian Distilled Spirits Awards
Gold – 2017 American Distilling Institute Awards
Old Young's Smoked Vodka
Hickory, cherrywood, peat and eucalyptus make a distiller’s mix that adds a smoky dimension to classic cocktails such as an old-fashioned or manhattan, or a downright dirty vodka martini.
We might not have the climate in Singapore for camp fires - but this is all the smoke you need!
Also pairs well with Old Young's Cold Drip Coffee Vodka in a coffee old-fashioned.
100% Australian Wheat
Bespoke distillers mix including hickory, cherrywood peat and eucalyptus
Silver – 2016 & 2017 Australian Distilled Spirits Awards
Silver – 2015 Hong Kong IWSC
Old Young's Pavlova Vodka
With a meringue base and summer fruit infusion, Pavlova is a fitting tribute to the Australia's classic dessert. Its sophisticated sweetness pairs best with sparkling cranberry juice.
100% Australian Wheat
Passionfruit, Strawberry, Kiwifruit, Sugar, Burnt Sugar, Vanilla
Best in Category and Gold – 2017 & 2018 American Distilling Institute Awards
Silver – 2017 Australian Distilled Spirits Awards
Old Young's Cold Drip Coffee Vodka
Espresso martini fans rejoice! This unsweetened spirit is made for the coffee connoisseur. Made from single-origin Baba-Budan it also pairs well with Old Young's Smoked Vodka in a coffee old-fashioned.
100% Australian Sugar Cane
Medium Roast Baba-Budan Nuggets (India)
Bronze – 2018 Australian Distilled Spirits Awards
Bronze – 2018 American Distilling Institute Awards
Maraska Maraschino Liqueur
Maraska Maraschino liqueur has been made from the Marasca cherries since the beginning of the 16th century. The export of Maraschino Liqueur started towards the end of the 18th Century.
This original cherry liqueur has conquered the world in the past 200 years. Among the fruits grown around the picturesque city of Zadar, a special kind of Sour Cherry is cultivated that has brought world fame to this area. The distillery even took its name from the noble Marasca cherry that provides the raw material for many of its products.
Maraska Maraschino liqueur is produced from the distillates of the Dalmatian marasca tart cherries and is known all over the world because of its typical sweet taste and the aromatic fragrance of sweet cherries.
700 ml / 32% abv
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