Best part of having a night out at the hostel? That moment when someone pulls out a bottle of god-knows-what, calls it traditional and you drink it like it was liquid gold. Like that time our Scottish bartender pulled a bottle of milkshake and told us it’s called Panther Milk (like we’re supposed to know what that means). Yeah, we thought it was weird too.
But then the weekend happened.
We tried to do a Panther Milk&Cookies test run. The run turned into a marathon. Only cookies remained. And, as the saying goes, no good deed goes unpunished, so the same husky-voiced Scottish bartender, a.k.a. Callum, is behind the bar working on a fresh batch as we speak. We went down to keep him company and annoy him with a few questions to make the time fly by. Fun for us, double work for him.
See, the thing is, as much as we’d like to pretend we love all things weird, this one was too much even for us. We needed the story behind it. You’re wondering where the Panther comes from too, aren’t you?
Anyway, panther or no panther, it’s a whack drink, and it’s one of those you have to try to know you like it. Because, let’s be honest, when was the last time you thought “I need a drink, I think I’ll add some rum to my milk!”
But enough introduction, let’s ask the man himself. What inspired him, what’s the history and, most importantly, what the hell he puts in it that makes it so damn tasty!
So, Callum, where did you first try this weird mix and what inspired you to bring it to Berlin?
I first tried it in Barcelona a few years back with friends, though inspiration would fully come from the Panther Milk bar back in my hometown Glasgow. They have been doing it for a while, and it is always a go to bar to start your night off and share a bottle with friends.
Who gave you the recipe? What’s in it?
I wasn’t given a recipe as such by anyone. I’ve heard stories here and there about what it consists of, and having tasted plenty of the white stuff back home, I put two and two together, and came up with my own recipe…I’m not going to divulge exactly what it contains, there is certainly some white rum in there. Cow’s milk as well, a vegan recipe hasn’t quite been perfected yet – sorry!
It’s milk based but I guess you don’t drink it by the gallon?
No I definitely wouldn’t say so – It packs a punch! It is a drink created for sharing. We serve it in either 1Litre or ½Litre bottles, and you are meant to grab a couple of mates and have a glass together.
Where does the panther in the name come from?
The cocktail itself derives from the Spanish Foreign Legion, and was popular amongst the military personnel within it. It was gifted the name “Leche de Pantera” so this directly translates as “Panther Milk”.
Will you make it pink?
I wouldn’t think so, no! Traditional “Leche de Pantera” bars in Spain may represent the milk in this colour, but this is my recipe, and I’m keeping it white.
Are you the only bar in Berlin serving it?
As far as I am aware we are the first and only bar selling it in Berlin currently! The recipe and logo are my own ideas, and I make all the batches and bottle it myself weekly. We only sell limited stock each week. Once it’s gone, it’s gone! So make sure you try it out when you have the chance.
And now that we’ve properly educated you, it’s time for a taste test, so come over and bring your mates, it’s double the fun when you’re all milk mustached!