Golden Cadillac Cocktail

Golden Cadillac Cocktail
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Ratings (30)
  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 cocktail (1 serving)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
215 Calories
8g Fat
20g Carbs
1g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

The golden Cadillac is a delicious cocktail that was developed in the 1970s. A fantastic dessert cocktail, this creamy martini is light on the alcohol and pairs nicely with almost any sweet dessert, especially if it includes chocolate.

The key ingredient for this recipe is Galliano, that golden liqueur in a tall bottle that towers over all others in the bar. It adds a distinct taste of over 30 flavors, including anise seed and vanilla, to the slightly rich martini. When paired with the light, sweet chocolate of crème de cacao and cream, you get an intriguing contrast of flavors that is a pure delight.

To make this recipe even more appealing, it's a quick one to mix up. Since the three ingredients are poured in equal amounts, it's very easy to remember as well. This is definitely a great drink to add to your repertoire for those times when you're in the mood for a little indulgence.


Steps to Make It

  1. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice cubes, pour the ingredients.

  2. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Tips and Tricks

There is not much to this cocktail, but there are a few things to keep in mind to ensure it comes out great every time you mix it up:

  • Choose white crème de cacao. This sweet chocolate-flavored liqueur comes in two varieties: dark (brown) and white (clear). While they generally taste the same and you can use either, the liqueurs' colors will change the look of the drink. In order to keep your Cadillac "golden," go with the white option so the brown doesn't compete with Galliano's yellow color.

  • Use fresh cream. With any cream-based cocktail, make sure your dairy products are fresh. Check the expiration date and give it a sniff test. If it smells off, it will ruin the drink and waste your liqueur. If the cream is too heavy for you, use half and half instead. It's the perfect balance between thick cream and thin milk and is an excellent choice for many dairy cocktails.

  • Chill your glass. Rich cocktails are much better when served as cold as possible. The easiest way to ensure your golden Cadillac stays cold from the first sip to the last is to use a well-chilled glass. If you're serving it after dinner, stick your cocktail glasses in the freezer while you eat and they'll be nice and frosty when it's time for dessert.

How Strong Is the Golden Cadillac?

Both of the liqueurs that are used in the golden Cadillac are relatively light. When combined, they create a rather low-proof cocktail, which is perfect for an after-dinner drink. On average, it has an alcohol content of around 13 percent alcohol by volume (26 proof).