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Friday, June 10, 2011

Black Cow

The Black Cow has been around for a long time. In fact it was in1876 when Charles Hires first introduced commercial rootbeer to the public. Nearly 20 years later on a hot night in August in 1893 Frank J.Wisner the owner of the Cripple Creek Cow Mountain Gold Mining Company in Cripple Creek Colorado produced carbonated soda waters. One night he wanted to make a special drink for the local children and added ascoop of vanilla ice cream to glass of root beer. The name came to be when he saw the snow capped Cow Mountain in the moonlight and the name of the drink was coined "Black Cow" by the children.

• 2 scoops vanilla ice cream

• 1 tablespoon chocolate syrup

• Chilled root beer

• Whipped cream

• Maraschino cherry

Scoop ice cream into a tall glass. Add chocolate syrup. Slowly pour root beer over ice cream being careful not to let it foam up over the side of the glass. Garnish with whipped cream and a maraschino cherry—or with a flute cookie, as in the photo. Serve with a straw and a long spoon for the ice cream.

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  1. I admit it. I have never heard of the Black Cow. I want to get to know it better now that I see how you made it.

  2. I L-O-V-E this post!! My dad used to live in Cripple Creek managing a casino, and we'd share ice cold "Black Cows" on the hot nights when I'd visit him in the summer. Thanks for the sweetly nostalgic memories, as well as the sweet comments left on my blog!! ^_^

  3. I have never heard of the Black Cow! It sounds awesome.I was actually craving a root beer float this weekend, maybe I'll give this a go next time! Thanks for linking to Fat Camp Friday, see you next week!


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