Golden Dream Cocktail

Golden Dream Cocktail
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Prep: 3 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 3 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Yield: 1 cocktail
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
240 Calories
8g Fat
20g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 240
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 5g 26%
Cholesterol 25mg 8%
Sodium 9mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 18g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 12mg 59%
Calcium 18mg 1%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 76mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

The golden dream definitely is a dreamy cocktail. The orange-flavored cream martini is delicious, makes a fantastic dessert drink, and is very easy to mix up.

In the recipe, all of the ingredients are poured equally. That makes it easy to remember, as long as you can recall the ingredients. It begins by flavoring cream with orange juice and Cointreau (a popular orange liqueur).

While those combine for a tasty little drink—a bit like a creamsicle—things get really interesting when you add Galliano. The eye-catching gold-colored liqueur contributes to the cocktail's name and adds a hint of vanilla spice that gives the drink an intriguing depth you won't soon forget.


  • 3/4 ounce premium triple sec

  • 3/4 ounce Galliano L'Autentico Liqueur

  • 3/4 ounce cream

  • 3/4 ounce orange juice

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, pour the triple sec, Galliano, cream, and orange juice.

  3. Shake well.

  4. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

  5. Serve and enjoy.


  • For creamy cocktails, heavy cream is the most popular option. It's a good choice because it will lighten up during mixing while still providing a luscious drink.
  • Fresh-squeezed orange juice will brighten up this drink and complement the orange liqueur wonderfully. A single orange yields 2 to 3 ounces of juice, so you'll have plenty for a few drinks.
  • Be sure to serve this in a chilled glass. It helps marry the flavors and keeps your drink cold from start to finish. Since cocktail glasses are awkward to store in the freezer, opt for a quick chill: Place a couple of ice cubes in the glass while you mix the drink, then discard them before straining.

Recipe Variations

  • For a lighter drink, pour milk instead (skim may be too light). Or, you can go with the middle ground option and use half-and-half.
  • Dairy alternatives like almond, soy, and rice milk make a good tasting drink, so use one of those if you prefer.
  • You can also skip the cream and blend the other ingredients with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a frozen treat.
  • Give the golden dream an extra kick by adding vodka or rum. Keep the pour equal to the other ingredients to maintain balance.
  • You could also pour an infused version of either with a flavor that complements the orange. Chocolate, ginger, or pomegranate vodkas and coconut or vanilla rums are all great options.

How Strong Is a Golden Dream?

Though this drink doesn't include vodka, whiskey, or other base spirits that are typically high-proof, Cointreau is just as strong as the majority of those. Bottled at 80 proof, it adds a punch to the golden dream that is welcomed. However, this cocktail is not much stronger than a glass of wine, mixing up to just 15 percent ABV (30 proof).