Dairy vodka is going global with its comp

ENGLISH vodka distiller Black Cow has launched its 2017 cocktail competition – and has broadened  the contest this year to include competitors from across the globe.

• 2016 winner Manachain Monaghan.

Following last year’s inaugural Black Cow competition, the West Dorset-based distiller is inviting bartenders from the UK, Spain, California, Canada, Singapore, Japan and Hong Kong to mix up serves using its “pure milk” vodka.

Entrants are being asked to use ingredients native to their country of residence with a limit of six ingredients, and serves must be submitted to the distillery by this Saturday (April 15), with six bartenders from each region selected to compete in heats across the UK and internationally.

The theme for this year’s competition is to capture a “momentous experience” such as “falling in love” or “discovering one’s true calling”.

All competition finalists will receive a personalised Black Cow-branded cocktail kit and will travel to West Dorset on June 21 to battle it out in the final.

The overall winner of the comp will be presented with the distillery’s Gold Top Cup and will have their cocktail featured on bottle neck tags of Black Cow as well as picking up a £1000 prize.

Jason Barber, dairy farmer and co-founder of The Black Cow Distillery, said the team behind the vodka is “really excited to be extending this year’s Gold Top Competition internationally”.

“Since I first created our crystal clear pure milk vodka five years ago, we have seen interest grow around the world and we now sell Black Cow globally,” said Barber.

Made in Dorset from milk of grass grazed cows, the 40% ABV Black Cow Vodka is available in a 70cl bottle.