Grand Galliano

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Cocktail History

The Grand Galliano is a Christmas cocktail recipe that was created by Nick Mautone of the Rainbow Room in New York City and included in his book in The Artisanal Kitchen: Holiday Cocktails. Fittingly described as an “adult creamsicle,” the recipe shakes its two namesake ingredients with heavy cream to create a fascinatingly unique, herbal, and tastefully sweet drink.

Cocktail Ingredients

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Liquore Galliano L’Autentico: This is the base liqueur. It adds a distinct herbal quality that is accented by sweet flavors of vanilla and anise. 

Grand Marnier: This is the other base liqueur. It adds citrus flavors with notes of Cognac, orange, and vanilla bean.

Heavy Cream: This gives the drink its creamy texture. We typically use half & half instead of heavy cream because it’s flavorful while still being lighter on the calories, but you can also use heavy cream or milk.

Orange Twist: This is one of the garnishes. It adds a hint of citrus aroma.

Grated Nutmeg: This is the other garnish. It adds a hint of holiday flavors and aromas.

Tasting Notes

The Grand Galliano features complex aromas of orange, nutmeg, and Galliano’s sweet anise-like scent, and it follows with a creamy, thick texture that features notes of orange, anise, and brandy, all with a distinctive herbal quality while held in the mouth and a pleasant bitterness on the swallow.

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: We had no idea what to expect when we sat down to taste this one, and it became a fast favorite, with its distinctive flavors and silky mouthfeel that is sure to please just about any palate.

Alex’s Take: “I found this drink to be absolutely delicious. It takes Galliano’s fascinatingly unique flavor profile, accents it with just the right amount of citrus and brandy flavor, and adds body with heavy cream. This results in a decadent and thick mouthfeel with heady flavors and a unique herbal blend that gives a ton of character. I would definitely make this one again for friends and family after our holiday get-together dinners.”

Kendall’s Take: “Out of all the cocktails we’ve tried from Nick Mautone’s The Artisanal Kitchen: Holiday Cocktails, this one’s in my top three favorites. It has such a unique taste—almost like a vanilla spiced custard with the tiniest hint of mint. It’s also thick, creamy, and indulgent, which makes it a perfect post-dinner drink around the holidays.”

Recipe

This cocktail recipe was adapted from The Artisanal Kitchen: Holiday Cocktails by Nick Mautone.

AuthorThe Artisanal Kitchen: Holiday CocktailsPrep Time5 minsRating

Ingredients
 1 oz Liquore Galliano L'Autentico
 1 oz Grand Marnier
 1 oz Heavy Cream
 1 Orange Twist
 Grated Nutmeg

Method
1

Add Galliano, Grand Marnier, heavy cream, and ice to a shaker.

2

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

3

Strain into a cocktail glass.

4

Garnish with orange twist.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 1 oz Liquore Galliano L'Autentico
 1 oz Grand Marnier
 1 oz Heavy Cream
 1 Orange Twist
 Grated Nutmeg

Directions

Method
1

Add Galliano, Grand Marnier, heavy cream, and ice to a shaker.

2

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

3

Strain into a cocktail glass.

4

Garnish with orange twist.

Grand Galliano

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More Christmas Cocktails

If you like this Christmas cocktail recipe, here are a few others we’ve tried that you may enjoy:

 Candy Cane Martini: A vodka cocktail made with white crème de cacao, white crème de menthe, simple syrup, and crushed candy cane

 Winter Berry Gin Fizz: A gin cocktail made with lime juice, cranberry syrup, raspberry liqueur, soda water, cranberries, and rosemary

 Kohler Mint Cocoa: A chocolate mint brandy cocktail made with milk, white peppermint schnapps, dark crème de cacao, cocoa powder, whipped cream, and grated chocolate

 Cranberry Cobbler: A sherry cocktail made with cranberry syrup, orange slices, an orange wedge, mint, and cranberries

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