The Golden Cadillac is a great blend of vanilla, chocolate and cream… and they go down dangerously fast. If you’re a fan of sweet things, like ice cream, then this is the cocktail for you.
Use the herbal Italian vanilla liqueur known as Galliano. Typically you would find Galliano going in a Wallbanger or a Bartender’s Rootbeer. Creme de cacao supplies the chocolate flavours. Cream really is just cream. Half and half, or light whipping cream would do the trick. We have used almond milk too for this in the past.
Add the ingredients to a shaker in equal parts, with cubed ice, and then shake to chill and mix. 8-10 seconds of vigorous shaking would be sufficient, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish could be a little cocoa, a vanilla bean, or even a dusting of some powdered hot chocolate.
Equipment needed to get started
- Shaker tin
- Hawthorne Strainer
- Shot Glass, or measuring cup
- Cocktail glass, or coupe
Ingredients needed for the Golden Cadillac
- Galliano (although Licor 43 would also work well)
- Creme de Cacao
- Half and Half (or light whipping cream)
- Cubed Ice
- Cocoa powder, cinnamon, or vanilla bean to garnish
- Chill your cocktail glass with ice and a splash of water
- fill shaker tin half full of ice
- Add 1 oz of Galliano to shaker tin
- Add 1 oz of Creme de Cacao to shaker tin
- Pour in 1 oz of Light Whipping Cream to shaker tin
- Cap the shaker tin and shake vigorously for 8-10 seconds. This mixes and chills the ingredients, while also providing a small amount of dilution for the cocktail and froth
- Dump the chilling ice out of your now chilled cocktail glass
- Strain into the chilled glass and garnish
The Golden Cadillac is a cocktail taught by Fine Art Bartending ages ago when the school was started. We’re reviving this tasty classic because it’s simple to create, follows some basic cocktail making principles and works well with our curriculum.
If you’re looking at alternatives to the Golden Cadillac, consider swapping the Galliano for Gin to make The Alexander. If Gin and chocolate isn’t your thing, then try Brandy in place of the Galliano to make the super tasty Brandy Alexander!