CrazyGoat is a great new drink to sparkle up your thrifty party. CrazyGoat packs a punch like no other drink, and for the frugal minded can be made at home for a very low cost. It is low in alcohol but high in carbon dioxide, so the effect is delivered to your brain immediately and you will soon relax and assume a rosy glow. Read in to discover just what makes CrazyGoat so special!!
CrazyGoat is “La Chèvre”….but what the Heck is that?
This is a special drink shrouded in historic mystery, and that makes it all the more interesting. You can only buy it in a few specialist gastro-bars and restaurants, but you can make it cheaply and economically at home once you have purchased the kit. Wow, this sounds interesting…tell me more…..
“La Chèvre” is French for Goat which is why the drink is called CrazyGoat! But what is the history? This is a traditional drink made in the French Alps, with the recipe being carefully passed down from generation to generation. It is possible that the original idea was happened upon by accident. Traditionally ”La Chèvre” was made in 80kg traditional barrels by fermenting apple juice. Special barrels were needed to withstand the high pressure of the carbon dioxide gas that builds up as a natural bi-product of fermentation. When the drink is “released” from the barrel you get a glass of light creamy froth which you need to drink immediately before it settles. It contains around 6 to 7% alcohol depending on the recipe which you use….but with the bubbles it goes straight to your head like a turbo-charged champagne but at a fraction of the cost!
”La Chèvre” is a natural product so should only be made from the best ingredients and CrazyGoat is no exception. Although the full recipe is secret the main ingredients are as follows:
Pure organic apple juice (you can also use other flavors if you like including raspberry or blackberry etc)
Clean water from a good source
A special strain of yeast which produces a lot of carbon dioxide and moderate alcohol
Vanilla flavoring and other secret spices
Sugar to feed the yeast
A shot of Génépi or other spirit of you choice, there are plenty of recipes on the CrazyGoat website!
How Can I Make CrazyGoat at Home?
CrazyGoat just needs a constant temperature of around 25 to 30C for the fermentation process. Put on your Frugal Thinking Cap and see what you can find…the top of an ADSL router is ideal!!
To make CrazyGoat at home you just need to buy a special kit which is effectively a small aerosol can. You don’t need a special 80 kg barrel any longer! The steps are as follows:
Clean everything carefully before you start
Load all the ingredients into the CrazyCan
Do the top up tightly with the CrazyTool
Leave in a warm place (30C) for one week to ferment
Move to the fridge to settle and cool down for a couple of days
Start going Crazy!
Use your frugal imagination to find a warm spot in the house….like the airing cupboard, the top of a radiator or even the top of your ADSL internet router! Only a small heat source is needed just enough to keep a constant 25 to 30C.
How do you Drink CrazyGoat?
Dispensing CrazyGoat…remember to drink it immediately….
Pretty simple really….once the drink has fermented for a week and then cooled down in the fridge you are ready for your CrazyGoat Party! You have to move quickly……get your glasses all lined up and then just undo the pressure valve to release the foam into each glass in turn. It makes a lot of frothing and spitting when the pressure is really high, but as the can empties it subsides to a steady flow of creamy foam. You then drink the foam immediately before it has a chance to settle. Alternatively you can of course cut out the middle man and just squirt the foam straight into your mouth as long as you are very careful. One can will make a whopping FIVE liters of CrazyGoat foam, which is enough to fill over 50 glasses!!!! Frugal or what!
My First Glass of Chèvre:
It was about 3 years ago that I first came across La Chèvre at a local festival in our village close to the French Alps. Every year there is a “Fete du Maude” to celebrate the apple harvest and the start of the scrumpy making season. Well, I had heard that it is good to try out a glass of Chèvre but I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect. So I handed my one Euro over to the surly barman who strolled over to a large stainless steel cylinder and filled a plastic cup to the brim with foam. “Hmmmmmm” I thought….” this guy is just trying to fob me off with foam because I’m not French”……so I waited for the foam to settle by which time there was just a dribble of liquid left in the bottom of the cup. The barman was looking on with complete disdain.
“Ah hum….excuse me” I ventured in my best French
“Any chance of a top up”………
At which point there followed a deluge of complicated French with the upshot that I had been a complete idiot and had left the foam to settle instead of drinking it so if I wanted another glass I could pay another Euro for it! Not an auspicious introduction to a local specialty!!! Happily, with the advent of CrazyGoat you are now under complete control of the process and can drink it as quickly or as slowly as you please….but the “official” way is of course to just neck it!
Where Can I Get my Own CrazyGoat?
Get your own CrazyGoat system so you are always ready for a crazy party!
The CrazyGoat system to make your own Chèvre drink at home can be purchased online from the CrazyGoat website by clicking here:
The team there are friendly and helpful….look for the “Union Jack” flag to change the language of the website to some form of English & if you need to contact them then Mr Goat will be happy to help you out in English as well!!!
So take a tip from the MeanyGoat……give the CrazyGoat Chèvre drink a try at your next party….as a DIY cocktail it is cheap and economical…..as a surprise it is completely original…..full of history and full of mystery!