Buffalo’s Milk Cocktail

Dusty catalina shuttle van
Out of Our Comfort Zone

We sailed across the Pacific, winds at 30 knots, jib fully satisfied, two kids securely wrapped in life jackets and their mothers’ arms. Yes, plastic baggies nearby. Angled and windblown, the journey was pure anticipation — for the island, for dolphins and whales, and for Buffalo’s Milk.

Hours later, Santa Catalina surges into clear view, the mountains taller and drier
than expected. I use the binoculars to scrub the hillside for bison,
mule deer, or bald eagles. No luck. But we did find Buffalo’s Milk.

Buffalo’s Milk – The Original (read full directions before making)
1.5 oz. vodka
1 oz. creme de banana
1 oz. creme de cacao
1 oz. milk1 oz. Kalua or coffee liquor
whipped cream
sprinkle of nutmegIn a blender with ice, add first four ingredients. Blend till frothy. Pour into a tall glass. Drizzle Kalua on top. Add whipped cream and sprinkle of nutmeg. (The bartender in Two Harbors, Catalina, called it ground buffalo chips. Funny guy.)

Note: It looks like this used to be made with real bananas and two kinds of creme de cacao, dark and light.

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Buffalo’s Milk – Modified to Suit Your Hosts

  • 2 oz. vodka
  • 1 oz. creme de banana
  • 1 oz. creme de cacao, white
  • 1 oz. Kalua or coffee liquor
  • .5 oz. milk

We’re not crazy about milk-shake-like mixed drinks. And they’re difficult to make on a boat. So we modified this one to be not as sweet and not blended. But maybe more dangerous. Pour the ingredients with ice in a shaker and shake two or three times (not too much or it will get frothy). Strain over ice into a tall rocks glass.
More dessert drinks.

What’s your favorite island-time cocktail? We’d like to know. Email us.

Drink only in moderation. Enjoy your summer vacation cocktails responsibly. Don’t drink too much before sailing or operating any kind of motorized or fast-moving ocean vessel. Especially Jet Skis. Especially near kayakers. Come on. Don’t you see the wake you’re making? Imbécile.

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  1. lnsinsd
    August 16, 2009

    While I cant comment on actual buffalos milk, I can say that the drink Buffalos Milk is a very tasty concoction. Tasty, sweet and not too heavy. Skip the whip cream and leave room for a second glass.

  2. Bill Reals
    August 29, 2009

    Oh god. This is our post-Catalina dive drink on Catalina. Our group powers thru these and then we sail home (with a sober sailor of course).


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