Golden Dream Cocktail

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PREP TIME 5 min

Cocktail Type

Martini

Great for

Dinner Party

Difficulty

Easy

Close up image of two golden dream cocktails

The Golden Dream cocktail is a symphony of creamy orange and vanilla flavors that’ll spark childhood memories of enjoying popsicles by the pool in the summertime. With just a handful of ingredients and a taste so sweet, this zesty orange cocktail definitely needs a place on your best after-dinner cocktails list.  If you prefer something light and citrusy to end the meal, our Golden Dream cocktail recipe makes for a perfect after-dinner treat – and it’s an easy-drinking option for warm summer evenings or alfresco spring feasts in the garden.

 

QUICK TIPS

01

Store-bought orange juice is readily available but for best results, we say fresh is best.

02

Be sure to use the correct cream (with 36% fat) to stand up to the orange juice

03

For your ultimate cocktail, chill your glasses ahead of time in the freezer.

INGREDIENTS

MAKE FOR

1 Person

0.75 Oz

22.5 Ml

0.75 Parts

0.75 Oz

22.5 Ml

0.75 Parts

anise liqueur
0.75 Oz

22.5 Ml

0.75 Parts

orange juice
0.75 Oz

22.5 Ml

0.75 Parts

heavy cream
ice

INSTRUCTIONS

01

Tip all the ingredients into a shaker or mason jar

02

Add a handful of ice, close, and shake until well chilled

03

Strain and pour into your cocktail glass. Enjoy immediately!

How to make the Golden Dream cocktail

You can whip this drink up at short notice with ease, as the only equipment you need is a shaker or a mason jar. Simply combine all ingredients listed in our recipe in the shaker with a good handful of ice and shake vigorously. Strain the luscious golden cream into cocktail glasses and serve. It’s that easy!

Tips to make the best Golden Dream cocktail

Success depends on the finest ingredients; anise liqueur brings a unique herbal flavor that’s sweet with hints of vanilla. Store-bought orange juice is readily available but for best results, we say fresh is best. For the orange liqueur, Grand Marnier offers a good bitter orange hit. Be sure to use heavy cream with 36% fat to stand up to the orange juice—we promise it lightens up when shaken into a heavenly liquid gold drink. Typically, this cocktail is not adorned with a garnish but if presentation is your jam, add a slice of quartered orange or a buttery tuille cookie to the foamy top before serving. And don’t forget to chill your glasses ahead of time.

A brief history of the Golden Dream cocktail

The Golden Dream cocktail story unfolds in the swinging 60s, in Miami sunshine with beach views and palm trees, at a cool hangout called the Old King Bar. Bartender Raimundo Alvarez dedicated this delicious drink to his favorite golden girl, Joan Crawford. The official crew who watch over cocktails globally—the International Bartenders’ Association—have since ranked the Golden Dream cocktail on their IBA Cocktail Top 50 list as a contemporary classic. That’s a stamp of approval if ever you needed one.

Golden Dream cocktail alcohol contents and calories

This 3 oz serving is reasonably lightweight, with roughly the same alcohol content as a glass of wine, at 15% ABV. There are 240 calories per serving.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Not as strong as you’d imagine, a golden dream drink recipe only weighs in at about 15% ABV, only marginally more than your average glass of wine.

The sweet and creamy nature of this Golden Dream cocktail makes it a perfect dessert in liquid form. It's ideal as an after-dinner drink. With fresh orange juice and creamy vanilla notes, this cocktail is summer in a glass, so serve up this juicy cocktail whenever you need to add some extra sunshine to your dinner party.