Black Cow Vodka 2018 Gold Top Cup

Black Cow Vodka‘s Gold Top Cup cocktail competition is back. This year, the milk vodka distillery is basing the competition around food and drink pairings with zero-waste cocktails to highlight sustainability in the industry.

Bartenders who choose to accept the challenge will be tasked with creating a food dish and a partner cocktail that uses the by-product(s) of the dish, for the chance to win $1,000 (£755) prize money.

The competition is inspired by the distillery’s own ethos of using excess whey from its dairy business to create a smooth, creamy-textured spirit.

Co-founder Jason Barber comes from the world’s oldest surviving family of cheddar-makers. The idea for a ‘spirited’ extension to the dairy farm was sparked when he heard about a nomadic Siberian tribe that distils fermented mares’ milk and realised there could be a use for the otherwise wasted whey.

The regional heats will be held around the world in August of this year, with the winners of each invited to the final on 6 September at the Black Cow Distillery in West Dorset.

The deadline for entries is 31 July – enter the competition here.

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