The Golden Cadillac by Fine Art Bartending

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 the curriculum.

The Golden Cadillac is a great blend of vanilla, chocolate and cream… and they go down dangerously fast. The vanilla liqueur of choice is the herbal Italian liqueur known as Galliano. Creme de cacao supplies the chocolate flavours. Cream really is just cream. Half and half, or light whipping cream would do the trick.

The ingredients are added to a shaker in equal parts, with cubed ice, and are then shaken 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.

The Golden Cadillac

The Golden Cadillac

Equipment Needed:

Shaker tin

Hawthorne Strainer

Cocktail glass, or coupe


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

Add 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