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Golden Cadillac

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This creamy cocktail was created in 1952 at Poor Red’s Bar-B-Q—a historic, roadside dive bar and barbeque shack in El Dorado, California—by bartender Frank Klein. According to local lore, the Golden Cadillac was created for a newly engaged couple who requested a celebratory cocktail that also matched their prized, gold colored Cadillac. Klein whipped together a mix of Galliano—an anise and vanilla flavored liqueur—crème de cacao and cream, creating a pale gold dessert-tail worthy of their love (and choice in automobiles).

When shaken hard enough and long enough (at least one full minute), the cocktail comes out with a thick, frothy head and the taste and texture of a boozy, liquified meringue. If you have an old timey milkshake blender, you can mix yourself the cocktail the way they do at Poor Red’s—just make sure to make more than one at a time. For those of you that are vegan (or you don’t want to indulge in heavy cream), the Golden Cadillac can also be made with coconut milk instead of dairy. While it won’t be quite as rich or frothy, the drink still just as delectable with a tropical twist.

The sweet Golden Cadillac is not only the perfect accompaniment to a savory brunch (comparable to a Ramos Gin Fizz or Milk Punch), the drink also is phenomenal as a nightcap before bed. If you’re ever in Northern California, make sure to stop in Poor Red’s (which recently reopened in April of 2016) to try the original cocktail in its original location.

The Essentials

Crème de Cacao
Heavy Cream
The Details


1 oz Galliano
1 oz Crème de Cacao
1 oz Heavy Cream


  • Add all ingredients to a shaker tin with cubed ice and shake.
  • Using a Hawthorne strainer, strain the cocktail into a chilled coupe glass.
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