Tasty Tuesday: Catalina Buffalo Milk

Sorry for the brief absence. It’s been a busy week. Lucas and I went to Catalina Island for the weekend. I’ve wanted to go for years, and we finally made it. It was a little cold, but it was beautiful.

Here’s a view from our hike:


We stayed at the Hotel Atwater which was a perfect fit for us. A historic 1920’s building with budget pricing. We left out of San Pedro on Friday afternoon and came back on Sunday evening.

I took Dramamine before we departed, but it wasn’t strong enough! We were told that it was going to be exceptionally rough on the passage. And it lived up to the hype. In fact, I puked two out of the three days we were there. And no, the second day wasn’t on the boat back to Los Angeles, but actually at sea while snorkeling! And I mean while snorkeling, not in a kayak before snorkeling…


Anyway… Lucas has discovered his new favorite drink: Buffalo Milk! There are buffalo on the island, but the drink does not have any relation to them. This is supposedly the island’s signature drink. We sampled three of them during this trip. We’ve heard that everyone has their own recipe.


Here’s a recipe that I’ve adapted from a few sources online:

Enough ice to fill a hurricane glass
1/2 shot creme de cacao (a mix of light and dark is ideal)
1/2 shot Kahlua
1 shot Vodka
1/2 shot cream, or half and half
1/2 banana (or 1/4 shot creme de banane)
Whipped cream and nutmeg for garnish

Blend the ingredients and ice together until it reaches the desired consistency. Some recipes even call for vanilla ice cream instead of the cream! Don’t mind if I do! You can omit the Kahlua from the blending and drizzle it on top instead. In any case, it is delicious. Our favorite came from Antonio’s Pizzeria.

Here’s me after enjoying a Buffalo Milk at Luau Larry’s:


I hope you enjoy! I’ll have to buy some creme de cacao so that I’ll be able to enjoy a bit of Catalina at home whenever I want!
ETA: Lucas has been doing some more experimenting.  Here’s his new blend:

1/2 shot Creme de Cacao

1/2 shot Kahlua

1/2 shot Banana Liqueur

1 shot Vodka

2 scoops Vanilla ice cream

1/4 Banana



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