Golden Dream Cocktail Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Golden Dream cocktail is a classic after-dinner drink that gained popularity in the 1960s. It is said to have been created at the Old King Bar in Miami, Florida. This creamy, citrusy cocktail is a favorite among those who enjoy a sweet and smooth drink to end their evening.

  • Originated in the 1960s
  • Created at the Old King Bar in Miami, Florida
  • Popular as an after-dinner drink

How Golden Dream Tastes?

The Golden Dream has a rich, creamy texture with a sweet and tangy citrus flavor. It is a well-balanced drink, with the sweetness of the Galliano and the tartness of the orange juice complementing each other perfectly. The drink is smooth and velvety, making it a delightful treat for the taste buds.

Interesting facts about Golden Dream

  • The Golden Dream is often served in a martini glass, giving it an elegant appearance
  • The cocktail gets its name from the golden color of the Galliano liqueur
  • The drink is sometimes garnished with a twist of orange peel, adding a touch of sophistication to its presentation



  • Utilizamos 1 oz de Galliano para darle un toque herbal y vainilla al cóctel. Menos cantidad disminuiría la complejidad, mientras que más podría sobrecargarlo de sabor. Sin él, perderíamos toda una gama de sabores.

Emma Rose


  • Añadiendo 1 oz de Cointreau, aprovechamos su dulzor y sabor a naranja para equilibrar las hierbas y la crema. Si ponemos demasiado, el cóctel sería muy dulce; si ponemos poco, faltaría cuerpo y enlace entre los otros ingredientes.

Alex Green

Fresh Orange Juice

  • La oz de jugo fresco de naranja aporta acidez y frescura. Menos jugo nos dejaría con una bebida demasiado dulce; más podría convertirlo en un batido de naranja con alcohol.

Mary Mitkina

Heavy Cream

  • Finalmente, 1 oz de crema de leche proporciona una textura sedosa y suave. Es imprescindible para el aspecto 'sueño'. Sin la crema, tendríamos un trago mucho menos lujoso.

Emma Rose

Recipe. How to make Golden Dream Drink

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice
  2. Add Galliano, Cointreau, fresh orange juice, and heavy cream
  3. Shake well until chilled and well combined
  4. Strain into a chilled martini glass
  5. Optional: garnish with a twist of orange peel

Pro Tips

  • Shake the cocktail well to ensure a smooth, creamy texture
  • Use fresh orange juice for a better taste
  • Chill the martini glass before pouring the cocktail to keep it cool for longer

Perfect Pairings


  • Shrimp Cocktail: The sweet and citrusy flavors of the cocktail complement the seafood nicely.
  • Smoked Salmon Canapés: The smoky flavor pairs well with the orange notes.


  • Vanilla Panna Cotta: The creamy texture of both the dessert and the cocktail match harmoniously.
  • Lemon Tart: Its tartness will contrast the sweetness of the 'Golden Dream'.


  • Mild Brie: The creaminess of the brie goes well with the smooth texture of the drink.
  • Gouda: The sweet and buttery cheese complements the herbal notes from the Galliano.

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What you could change in Golden Dream

  • Galliano can be replaced with Vanilla liqueur
  • Cointreau can be substituted with any other orange-flavored liqueur
  • Heavy cream can be replaced with half-and-half for a lighter version

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Golden Dream 'Spiced'

  • Ingredients: Galliano, Cointreau, Fresh Orange Juice, Heavy Cream, pinch of cinnamon
  • Recipe: Follow the original recipe but add a pinch of cinnamon before shaking. The cinnamon will add a warming, spicy note that contrasts the sweetness, giving you a cozy, festive twist perfect for cooler weather!

Green Dream

  • Ingredients: Green Chartreuse instead of Galliano, Cointreau, Fresh Lime Juice instead of orange, Light Cream
  • Recipe: Shake all ingredients together and strain into a glass. You'll get a more herbaceous drink, with a brighter citrus profile and a lighter creaminess from the light cream.

Golden Sunrise

  • Ingredients: Galliano, Cointreau, Fresh Orange Juice, Coconut Cream
  • Recipe: Use coconut cream in place of heavy cream. This adds a tropical twist, lending a nutty complexity and a richer texture that pairs perfectly with summer BBQs or beach sunsets.

In case you forgot basics how to make Golden Dream

Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Golden Dream

What is the best time to serve a Golden Dream cocktail?

Golden Dream cocktail is a classic after-dinner cocktail that is usually served as a dessert cocktail because of its rich, creamy, and sweet nature. It's perfect to end a high-end dinner party.

Is the Golden Dream cocktail strong in alcohol?

No, the Golden Dream is not a strong cocktail. It has a moderate alcohol content because of the equal parts of liqueurs and mixers.

What type of alcohol is Galliano?

Galliano is an Italian herbal liqueur that's known for its vibrant yellow color and vanilla-anise flavor with a subtle citrus and woodsy herbal undernote.

Can I make a non-alcoholic version of the Golden Dream?

Yes, you can replace the alcoholic ingredients with non-alcoholic substitutes. Instead of Galliano, use alcohol-free vanilla syrup and replace the Cointreau with orange juice or a non-alcoholic orange liqueur.

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