HAPPY BLACK COW DAY - Tip a Black Cow Moo-tini, Not a Black Cow!

June 10th is
Why tip cows when you can tipple martinis?

This cocktail is inspired by the vintage name of what we now call a root beer float - the Black Cow. The Black Cow was invented in 1893 by Frank Wisner, Jr. of Cripple Creek, Colorado, who decided to float a scoop of vanilla ice cream on his glass of root beer one day when he glanced out his window to see the moon lighting up nearby Cow Mountain. Mr. Wisner served it up the next day and this root beer float became quite popular with the local children who then dubbed it the "Black Cow", a name that has stuck well into the twentieth century.

Though traditionally and originally made with root beer, different regions of the United States often use differing sodas for a "Black Cow", most often a cola or a chocolate soda and this is where the Black Cow cocktail recipe stems from. If you use grape soda, however, that has it's own name, a Purple Cow!

I have used the most common ratios of equal parts of the Kahlua, cream and cola and I kept it simple and garnished it with a dollop of whipped cream. The Cow Gummi Candy can be found on Amazon but you can also just toss on a few chocolate sprinkles if you like!

And keep this in mind, the only cow tipping you should do after your teen years should involve booze.

Happy National Black Cow Day!

Happy National Black Cow Day!

Updated 6-2016

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