Even if you’re not fond of drinking alcohol on a regular basis, you have to admit there’s something quite seductive about that bright saffron yellow Italian liqueur commonly known as “Galliano.”
Is it the color? Is it the elegant, tapered and fluted bottle with a purple, gold, red and white label that complements the bright neon yellow liquid it showcases? Go to any liquor section that carries Galliano and the bottle is sure to catch your eye…
Or perhaps having tasted the popular herbal liqueur that blends so well in cocktails such as gold old Galliano staples, Golden Cadillac (Galliano, Crème de Cacao and Sweet Cream), Golden Dream (orange juice, Triple Sec, Galliano and Sweet Cream) and Harvey Wallbanger (orange juice, vodka and Galliano), it could be the taste of Galliano itself that has you coming back for more…
Personally, I like the sound of La Dolce Vita (the sweet life), the all-Italian cocktail recommended by Galliano on their site, which is made of Galliano, Limoncello and Prosecco.
If you don’t have the Limoncello and/or Prosecco, just add a shot of Galliano to your coffee to turn it into a Roman Coffee. Add on a dollop of whipped cream for a little extra decadence!
With October just around the corner, perhaps it’s that delectable cocktail called Mr. October (Laird’s bonded apple brandy, cinnamon syrup, lemon juice, Galliano, a couple of dashes of allspice liqueur, topped off with freshly ground nutmeg) created by mixologist Timothy Miner in Brooklyn, NY that tastes like apple pie a la mode, that has you hooked?
Created in the Italian town of Livorno in Tuscany by Italian brandy producer and distiller Arturo Vaccari and named after Italian war hero Giuseppe Galliano, Galliano, or more accurately Liquore Galliano L’Autentico, is a sweet liqueur made from several natural ingredients including, alphabetically, anise, cinnamon, citrus, ginger, juniper, lavender, musk yarrow, peppermint, star anise and vanilla. There are apparently some 30 herbs, plant extracts and spices that make up Galliano, according to the manufacturer. No wonder it tastes so good – even by itself on the rocks!
The most prominent notes in the liqueur are undoubtedly anise and vanilla, with a secondary citrus note, which is why it teams so well with orange juice.
For a special treat you might want to try an orange or lemon cake (even vanilla might do!) laced (okay soaked!) in Galliano icing, using orange or lemon juice, Galliano and icing sugar… Enjoy some Galliano this autumn, even in the American-as-apple pie drink Mr. October!