From La Grande Panache to Horny Cow

How did we arrive at the name Horny Cow? To answer that, we need to rewind to 2016. It all started with culture, panache and good humour.

Perth’s iconic 2016 Cow Parade was an extraordinary spectacle with its vibrant and decorated cows. One of these standout creations – La Grande Panache or ‘Horny Cow’ as it is now affectionately known – was bought at auction. But sadly, the successful bidder declined to take delivery of La Grande Panache. As a result, we made a generous offer to put La Grande Panache out to pasture on our Harvey Cheese property. We agreed to pay the relocation costs, and the deal was done on a handshake. And upon arriving home at Harvey Cheese, La Grande Panache soon became known to locals and passersby as the ‘Horny Cow’. The nickname stuck.

Horny Cow Vodka and Gin Distillery

IMAGE: Pascal Proteau, Le Grand Panache, 2016. CowParade PERTH. Photographer: Christophe Canato. Image courtesy of City of Perth, Perth Public Art Foundation and Artsource

Designed by West Australian artist Pascal Proteau and inspired by his childhood in Quebec, Canada, La Grande Panache – or Horny Cow – was a statement about nature, detail and refinement. All of which symbolised our dream of using natural elements and leaving no waste. For years we’d been asking ourselves if there was another use for whey, the by-product of our cheese-making processes. So after much research, we founded St Duke’s Distillery in May 2022 and perfected the process of turning whey into high-quality spirits.

However, distilling alcohol from whey is challenging. Many distilleries have attempted it, but few have succeeded. We are one of two in Australia. We quickly reduced our environmental impact and pioneered creating tantalising vodka and gin made from all-natural whey. But our unique Horny Cow distilling process didn’t stop there.

Unlike many spirit distilleries, we don’t buy bulk ethanol to use as the base for our spirits. Instead, we ferment and distil ethanol from our whey, then redistill it again. Our double-distilling process and infusing local botanicals help us maintain the Horny Cow’s unique spirit flavours and character.

Our Horny Cow vodka and gin are fast becoming favourites with locals and visitors alike, so why not head down to Harvey Cheese and grab a bottle for yourself. Alternatively, order online.

We promise you won’t be disappointed.

Horny Cow Distillery

Horny Cow family

Meet the Horny Cow family – Penny and Robert St Duke, the creative masterminds and founders Harvey Cheese and their head distiller, Jason Baugley.

Penny, Robert and Jason have perfected their whey distilling process using traditional methods combined with modern technologies to bring out complex flavours unique to the Horny Cow spirits brand. Whether you’re looking to sip vodka on the rocks or purchase the best gin for cocktails, the Horny Cow spirit range has something for everyone – all natural and all crafted here in the South West.

Harvey Cheese Building

Favourite cocktail recipes

Espresso Martini recipe

Never will you have to choose between a dessert and a cocktail again.

Ingredients

  • A1 Vodka (40 ml)
  • Kahlua (20 ml)
  • Espresso (20 ml cooled)
  • Ice (handful)
  • 3 coffee beans (garnish only)

Instructions

  1. Place the A1 vodka, Kahlua, espresso (cool) and ice in a cocktail shaker.
  2. Shake vigorously 10 times, then pour briskly into a cocktail glass.
    (Scrape out foam inside if necessary. No ice in the glass.)
  3. Garnish with 3 coffee beans and serve immediately.

Tips

  • Cool the coffee so it doesn’t melt the ice, and dilute the amazing coffee vodka flavour.
  • For foam on your Espresso Martini, you need a good coffee machine. (you need foam for the coffee beans to float.)
  • No coffee machine? Try a fast fix. Add 1/2 egg white and shake. The result creates a fabulous foam layer with no eggy taste.
Espresso Martini made with Horny Cow A1 Vodka
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