Popular in the 1960s and 1970’s this dessert-like retro after-dinner cocktail could be your new favourite.
We are still in the middle of the dark, cold, and wet European winter, and I am so totally ready for an escape to somewhere sunny and warm.
For the time being, it’s just dreaming of future travels but thankfully there are still ways to create little virtual escapes at home.
And with National Florida Day on the 25th of January, it’s the perfect timing to mix up a delicious Golden Dream Cocktail and plan your visit to the sunshine state.
Background: Golden Dream After-Dinner Cocktail
Invented at the Old King Bar in Miami by Raimundo Alvarez and dedicated to actress Joan Crawford, this cocktail was particularly popular in the 1960s and 1970s.
Though the cocktail is based on Galliano Liqueur from Italy, due to the citrusy orange flavour and creaminess it instantly reminds you of a tropical island or white sandy beach.
It’s also one of the easiest cocktails to make, as it calls for equal parts of all ingredients – Galliano, Cointreau, orange juice, and heavy cream.
Well, it tastes a bit like a boozy orange creamsicle, reminding me at one of my favourite ice creams as a kid.
Needless to say, it will be served on repeat at my house this summer.
What is Galliano L’Autentico
Galliano L’Autentico is a popular liqueur from Italy made with more than 30 different herbs and spices, busting with a golden yellow colour.
The liqueur was created by Italian distiller Arturo Vaccari from Livorno, Tuscany in 1896. It was named after Giuseppe Galliano, an Italian war hero of the Royal Italian Army at the time.
Indeed, legend has it the original Galliano recipe was derived from a recipe Giuseppe Galliano himself provided to the distiller – based on a self-made liqueur he used to carry with him wherever he went while serving in the Army.
The authentic Galliano liqueur was and still is made by Maraschi & Quirici. Over time, it was made by other distillers too and the original recipe was tweaked a few times to better fit the tastes of the time.
More recently, however, Maraschi & Quirici reverted to the initial recipe, adding the addition L’Autentico to the name, to highlight the move back to the original.
Galliano makes a good base for a range of cocktails, the best-known perhaps the classic Golden Cadillac (though it is likely another mostly forgotten drink). Bursting of vanilla, anis, juniper, and cinnamon, it will add a great herbal complexity to any cocktail.
Recipe: Golden Dream Cocktail
50 ml fresh cream
50 ml orange juice
50 ml triple sec (Cointreau)
50 ml Galliano herbal liqueur
Shake all ingredients over ice than strain into a chilled cocktail glass.