Galliano? Gallian-yes you mean! This time around the Gentlemen of Elegant Leisure dust off that old, tall, bottle at the back of the liquor cabinet with the mysterious yellow liquid in it. You know the one. Your parents had one, your grandparents had one, and now you’ve got one. Time to crack it open and see what it’s all about. (If yours happens to be the one your grandparents had, and it already has been opened, you NEED to get a new one!) Along the way the Gentlemen talk of Dale DeGroff, Kathy Tong, the perils and pitfalls of planning Christmas parties, Fred gets a new nickname and Jason invents the Golden Mulata on the spot! No wonder Jason is called the Prime Minister of Cocktails! On with the recipes!
First up is a Cocktail that Fred found on the internet. We didn’t want our Galliano cocktails to be something as common as a Harvey Wallbanger and the one Fred found does not disappoint. It’s called the Mulata Daisy and was the winner of the 2009 Bacardi Legacy Cocktail Competition in the UK. It’s described as a “modern interpretation of one of the most classic of Bacardi cocktails, the Daiquiri.” You can see it here. (You'll have to give your date of birth to the Bacardi people)
Agostino Perrone, The Connaught Bar, London England 2009
2 parts BACARDÍ Superior rum
1 part freshly squeezed lime juice
1 bar spoon caster sugar
1 bar spoon fennel seeds
½ part dark crème de cacao liqueur
⅓ part Galliano liqueur
Garnish with a lime and cacao rim
Squeeze the lime juice into a cocktail shaker with the caster sugar and stir to dissolve the sugar. Add the fennel seeds and gently press with a muddler (or spoon) to crack and open the seeds. Pour in the crème de cacao and Bacardi Superior rum before shaking with ice cubes until the cocktail shaker is cold. Rub a lime wedge around the edge of the glass and carefully dip into dark cacao powder. Add the Galliano liqueur to the serving glass and fine strain the drink over the top.
Fred wanted us to include a link to Agostino making this fantastic drink so here it is.
What an incredibly balanced drink. So so so so good!
The Gentlemen then moved on to the Golden Cadillac. This drink comes from Poor Red’s BBQ in El Dorado, California. Apparently, in 1952, a young couple popped in for a drink to celebrate their engagement. They had just purchased a golden Cadillac and with all this good news decided they should also have a cocktail created just for them. The bartender was Frank Cline, the rest is history. Whenever you’re in El Dorado, do drop by Poor Red’s. They’re still there. Here’s their website.
Frank Cline, Poor Red’s Bar-B-Q, 1952. This version from Dale DeGroff’s “The Essential Cocktail"
1 ounce Galliano
1 ounce white crème de cacao
2 ounces heavy cream
ground cinnamon for garnish
Combine the Galliano, crème de cacao, and cream in a shaker with ice and shake, shake, shake! Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon.
Holy cow! Holy crème de ca-cow! What a wonderful treat. Next time we’ll make it as a milkshake and spend the afternoon with it! You should too!
Please try both these drinks and give Galliano the shot it deserves.
Oh, and if you listened to the podcast and also wondered how Kathy Tong was doing, here is her imdb page. She's doing alright! She's come a long way from local theatre in White Rock, B.C.
Until next time, tip big!
The Gentlemen of Elegant Leisure