Orange Cadillac 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 Orange Cadillac is a luxurious twist on the classic cocktail scene. Its origins are a bit of a mystery, but it's believed to have been concocted in a high-end bar where patrons appreciated the finer things in life.

  • Who Would Enjoy It?
    • Lovers of creamy, citrusy cocktails.
    • Those who appreciate a balance of sweet and strong flavors.
    • Aficionados of vintage and classic cocktails with a modern twist.

How Orange Cadillac Tastes?

The Orange Cadillac is a symphony of flavors. It's creamy yet refreshing, with a harmonious blend of sweet vanilla notes from the Galliano, the rich indulgence of chocolate liqueur, and the bright zing of fresh orange juice. The vodka provides a clean, crisp backbone, ensuring the cocktail is both potent and smooth.

Interesting facts about Orange Cadillac

  • The Orange Cadillac is often associated with luxury and indulgence, making it a popular choice for celebrations.
  • Despite its creamy texture, the cocktail is not overly heavy, making it suitable for a pre-dinner aperitif.
  • The Galliano's vanilla flavor is key to the cocktail's signature taste.


A few good options for Orange Cadillac are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

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The Galliano brings a herby and vanilla sweetness that acts as the backbone of the Orange Cadillac. Mess with the 1oz and you might find yourself on a flavor detour. Too little, and you'll miss the cocktail's herbal charisma. Too much, and the sweet symphony becomes a cacophony. As for alternatives? Try some vanilla liqueur or anise-flavored spirits—they're like Galliano's cousins from another mother.

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At 0.5oz, vodka is the silent ninja in this mix—there to fortify without overpowering. Skip it, and you'll be sipping on a boozy orange milkshake. Double it, and you'll need to brace yourself for a punchier ride. If you're out of vodka, white rum could tag in for a more tropical twist.

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Chocolate Liqueur

Half an ounce is just right to achieve the chocolate whisper we're after; not a shout, but a whisper. Chocolate liqueur adds that dessert-like character. Without it, it's like a chocolate fountain with no chocolate—sad, right? An alternative could be crème de cacao or even a splash of chocolate syrup if you're in a pinch.

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Orange Juice

1oz of fresh OJ? Squeeze it yourself, and feel like you've done your day's exercise. It's the zesty life of the party. Too little, and it's like going to the beach without the ocean. Too much, and you're at brunch with bottomless mimosas. No juice? Try a dash of orange bitters or a little orange extract.

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A delicate 0.33oz gives the cocktail its smooth jacket. Without it, you get a sharper, less refined sip. More might land you in a dairy dilemma. If cream isn't your style, a splash of half-and-half or even coconut cream could give you a delightful detour.

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Recipe. How to make Orange Cadillac Drink

  1. Fill a shaker with ice.
  2. Pour in 1oz of Galliano, 0.5oz of vodka, 0.5oz of chocolate liqueur, 1oz of orange juice, and 0.33oz of cream.
  3. Shake well until the outside of the shaker feels cold.
  4. Strain into a chilled martini glass.
  5. Optionally, garnish with a twist of orange peel or a sprinkle of grated chocolate.

Pro Tips

  • Always use fresh orange juice for the best flavor.
  • Chill the martini glass beforehand to keep the cocktail cool.
  • If you want a lighter drink, you can reduce the cream slightly and increase the orange juice.

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

  • Dark Chocolate Delights: The rich notes of chocolate liqueur in the cocktail will beautifully complement the bittersweet profile of dark chocolate treats. Think chocolate fondue or a decadent chocolate cake.
  • Citrus-Infused Desserts: The orange juice in the Orange Cadillac pairs wonderfully with citrus-based desserts like lemon tarts or orange-infused cupcakes.
  • Spicy Nuts: The creaminess of the drink can help soothe the palate when enjoying spicy or seasoned nuts like almonds or cashews.
  • Cheese Platter: A selection of creamy cheeses, such as Brie or Camembert, will work side by side with this cocktail's velvety texture and sweet undertones.

Drink Pairings

  • A simple sparkling water with a lemon twist can cleanse the palate between sips.
  • A non-alcoholic ginger beer might also be a refreshing counterpoint to this cocktail's sweetness and creaminess.

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What you could change in Orange Cadillac

  • If Galliano is not available, you can use another vanilla-flavored liqueur, though the taste will be slightly different.
  • For a non-alcoholic version, replace the vodka and chocolate liqueur with chocolate syrup and more cream.

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The Coffee Cadillac

  • Substitute chocolate liqueur with coffee liqueur
  • Add a small pinch of ground coffee to the shaker It's sunrise in your glass. The java notes will rev up the engine of your taste buds and take you for a wild, caffeinated journey. Slightly bitter, yet sweet—a sipper's rush hour.

The Spicy Orange Muscle Car

  • Add a small slice of jalapeño to the shaker
  • Use blood orange juice instead of regular orange juice A zesty joyride with a spicy kick—it's not just a cocktail, it's an adventure. Just enough heat to make you feel alive, and the blood orange adds a deeper citrus note that's both exotic and familiar.

The Vegan Cruiser

  • Use a plant-based cream such as almond or oat cream
  • Opt for a vegan-friendly chocolate liqueur Enjoy the same creamy, dreamy ride with a conscience as clear as a sober mind. Perfect for those who love animals as much as they love a good cocktail. Same great taste, zero guilt.

In case you forgot basics how to make Orange Cadillac

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.

Learn everything on how to strain

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 Orange Cadillac

What type of glassware is best suited for the Orange Cadillac cocktail?

A chilled martini glass is traditionally used for the Orange Cadillac to enhance the luxurious experience and presentation of the cocktail.

Can I make the Orange Cadillac in a large batch for parties?

Yes, you can scale up the ingredients proportionally to create a large batch for parties, but be sure to mix thoroughly and chill before serving.

Is the Orange Cadillac suitable for all seasons or specific occasions?

While the Orange Cadillac can be enjoyed year-round, its rich and creamy profile makes it particularly popular during fall and winter, or for special occasions and celebrations.

Could I use a different type of juice instead of orange juice?

Substituting orange juice may change the profile of the drink significantly, but if desired, some bartenders experiment with alternatives like tangerine or blood orange juice for a twist.

How important is the quality of the alcohol in the Orange Cadillac?

The quality of alcohol, particularly the Galliano and vodka, plays a critical role in the taste and overall experience of the Orange Cadillac. Higher-quality spirits tend to provide a smoother and more refined cocktail.

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