Two weeks ago, my friend Jodie from Pairings (I told you about this upcoming webseries last weekend) sent me a message with a link titled How to Make Milk That'll get you Hammered. Apparently she knows me well...saying that I needed to try it (of course I do!). I was so intrigued that I started the process that very day.
The ingredients are simple enough. The only thing I needed to purchase was some vodka (and a pretty little bottle to store the finished product in. Which I have to say, I found at a local thrift shop for under $2.00)
Drunken Cows Milk
2 cups vodka
2 cups whole milk
2 cups sugar
2 oranges, cut into chunks
1 lemon, cut into chunks
Combine all of the ingredients in a large jar (1/2 gallon)
My jar was just shy of 1/2 gallon but it all fit in there. Barely
Screw on the lid....
and keep in a cool dark cupboard for 10 days. Every day, take the bottle out and give it a good shake or stir. Return to it's place of hibernation.
The first day....it looked like this:
Aint that peerty. Ya...a little scary. But science projects in the kitchen are always fun.
After that...it mostly looked like this:
I'd just shake it up and put it back. Although I have to admit there were a couple of days that I forgot about it. And when the 10 days was up, I just didn't have the time to strain it. During the week....it's just too late to mess with so I waited until the 14th day (mostly out of convenience...partly cuz I figured that I missed a day or two of the shaking up process, that it would be a good thing.)
Yesterday morning, I got out the strainers and bowls and got busy.
Hmmm....for some reason, I expected to see something a lot more offensive. Milk chunks maybe? Guess all that vodka kept the milk and citrus under control. I don't see any curds. Ok...lets continue
I strained it through a colander with large wholes first...to catch the big stuff without blocking everything up
I then put it through a mesh colander
Hard to believe that this creamy stuff becomes clear yellow as shown at the top, right? You'll see. Btw...at this point, if you are totally into creamsicles....this is your drink. It's totally fine to drink as is. I personally have never been a fan of creamsicles. The combination of ice cream and popsicles never appealed to me. So I kept going...and strained it even further by lining my mesh strainer with a coffee filter. (I think my mesh strainer needs to be replaced, don't you? Kinda frustrating cuz it's not that old)
This is where it got time consuming. All those milk solids kinda clog up the filter and you get this slow stream that quickly becomes a slow drip. But check it out....its CLEAR!!
As the dripping became painfully slow, I found myself changing the filters often
I don't even know how many I went through....6 or more? Once those solids clung to the filter...there was no way the liquid was escaping.
Eventually, I ended up with 3 cups (plus a shot) of clear yellow Drunken Cows Milk.
Even with the milk solids gone, there's a hint if creaminess. It's very sweet. Almost syrupy but not quite. It has nice light citrusy flavor. Did I mention how smooth it is going down? Ya...smooth as silk. It can be stored at room temperature for up to 6 months. However, I think I'll be keeping mine in the fridge. I find that it's best when it's chilled.
There are variations of this drink. Things that can be altered. The sugar can be reduced. You can add vanilla. You can also leave out the citrus all together. Or use 2 oz of grated 70% bittersweet chocolate and 1/2 lemon (no oranges)....which I believe I will be trying next (did someone say Malt Balls?).
Thank you Jodie for turning me on to this!! You need to come by and give it a try :)
One more thing....there's a fun little recipe contest over at Pairings....
"The winner of the recipe contest will have their recipe added to the script of an episode of Pairings. Have your recipe prepared by the characters in the show! We will also list your winning recipe on the Pairings website with your name and include it in our Pairings digital cookbook for season 1 and you'll receive a free copy."
Entry deadline: 2/25/2012
For details, it's Entry #6: Recipe Contest : http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/834231336/pairings-the-series/posts