In Hindu culture, the cow is honoured as a symbol of unselfish giving. Everything that the cow produces, from its milk to its manure, not only has a use, but is also thought to have some sort of therapeutic value. So much so that even the cow’s urine is used for its medicinal properties.
The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), a Hindu nationalist organization in India, has taken it a step further and has begun production of a soft drink made from cow urine, which they have dubbed Gau Jal, or Cow Water.
As the Telegraph’s article, “India makes cola from cow urine“ reports, the RSS plans to produce a soft drink that will rival the likes of Pepsi and Coca-Cola.
The mixologists here at BarWhiz are always up for a challenge, as can be seen in some of our other gross out drinks, such as the Kopi Luwak cocktails and our Airag cocktail recipes. We figured Gau Jal shouldn’t be too much of a challenge, so have come up with 5 cocktail recipes with a cowey twist:
#1 – Billiard Bull
2 oz citrus flavored rum
3 oz gau jal
3oz red bull
Add rum to a highball glass filled with ice, squeeze lime wedges and drop into glass, top with equal parts Gau Jal and Red Bull and serve.
Add vanilla vodka and lemon juice to a highball glass filled with ice, top with Gau Jal, garnish with a lime wedge and a sprig of mint, and serve.
Before going forward, here’s a little scene from Man Vs. Wild that
might make all this talk about urine seem a little less strange
and prepare you for the next cocktail named after Bear Grylls…
1 1/2 oz gin
5 oz gau jal
1/4 tsp salt
Add all ingredients into a highball glass filled with ice and serve
2 oz apple brandy
4 oz apple juice
gau jal to fill
lime slice for garnish
Add apple brandy, apple juice, and juice from lime wedge to a chilled highball glass with ice, top with gau jal, garnish with a slice of lime and serve.
Shake whiskey, advocaat, simple syrup and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice, strain into a chilled beverage glass, top with gau jal, garnish with lime slice and mint leaves, and serve.
Thumbnail by Stefan Stegemann under CC-BY-SA License
Author: Corey Rozon