Drinking Buffalo Milk on Catalina Island | KCET
Drinking Buffalo Milk on Catalina Island
Buffalo Milk's origins trace back to the mid-seventies to Two Harbors, the island's small town on the western end. During winters, tourism was down, so bartender Michael Hoffler would experiment with new drink creations for servers at the Harbor Reef Restaurant. Then one day, he found the one that stuck. "It was quite a hit from day one," explained Ann Luchau, who was a server at the restaurant where it is still a menu item today.
Since then, the drink has traveled across the island and become a tourist favorite. As former local bartender, and now Avalon's visitor center manager, Samantha Prince describes it, it's like "a white russian gone island crazy." Variations may be found bar to bar, here's how Prince learned it:
In a hurricane glass...
half shot of creme de cocoa (dark or light)
half shot of kalua
half shot creme de banana
one shot of vodka
Fill rest with half and half, ice and blend. Top with whip cream and sprinkle with nutmeg. To make it a "buffalo bowl," add a floater (about a half shot) of patron cafe.