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Golden Dream

The Golden Dream is a divine cocktail that marries the richness of Galliano liqueur with the smoothness of fresh orange juice and cream. Each sip is a golden journey of velvety flavors, promising a sophisticated and indulgent experience. This creamy, citrusy dessert cocktail is the perfect way to end a meal or to enjoy as a sweet treat on its own.

Refreshing Boozy Golden Dream Cocktail with Orange and Cream

The Golden Dream cocktail is made with equal parts Galliano, Cointreau, orange juice, and heavy cream. When combined, these ingredients create a smooth, velvety texture and a sweet, orange flavor that’s hard to resist. The cocktail is typically served in a chilled glass and garnished with a candied orange peel or a fresh strawberry. With its simple ingredients and easy-to-follow recipe, you can whip up this delicious drink in no time. 


The Golden Dream cocktail is an after-dinner drink that many believe was invented by Raimundo Alvarez at the Old King Bar in Miami, possibly in the 1950s or early 1960s. Other sources credit its creation to Leroy Sharon in 1959. Regardless of its origin, the cocktail became popular in the 60s and 70s and is still enjoyed today. 

The Old King Bar was a popular spot for celebrities during the 50s and 60s, including actress Joan Crawford, who was a fan of the drink. At some point, the Golden Dream was even dedicated to Joan Crawford.

The bar is also known for its other cocktails, including the Golden Cadillac, a similar sweet cocktail starring creme de cacao.

How to Make It

Refreshing Boozy Golden Dream Cocktail with Orange and Cream

Golden Dream

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes


  • 3/4 oz. Galliano L'Autentico liqueur
  • 3/4 oz. triple sec
  • 3/4 oz. fresh orange juice
  • 3/4 oz. heavy cream


  1. Chill your cocktail glass in the freezer.
  2. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  3. Add the Galliano L'Autentico liqueur, triple sec, fresh orange juice, and heavy cream to the shaker.
  4. Shake the mixture well until it's well-chilled and frothy.
  5. Strain the cocktail into your chilled cocktail glass.
  6. Serve and enjoy.

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The Golden Dream cocktail is a delicious and creamy dessert cocktail that can be easily modified to suit your preferences. Here are a few variations that you can try:

Golden Creamsicle

Replace the orange juice in the original recipe with orange-flavored vodka for a stronger citrusy flavor. This version is perfect for those who love creamsicles.

Vanilla Golden Dream

Add a dash of vanilla extract to the original recipe to give the cocktail a subtle vanilla flavor. This variation is perfect for those who love the combination of vanilla and citrus.

Mimosa Golden Dream

Replace the cream in the original recipe with fresh orange juice for a lighter and more refreshing version of the Golden Dream. This variation is perfect for those who love mimosas.

Ice Cream Golden Dream

Replace the heavy cream with ice cream for a more decadent dessert cocktail.

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Golden Dream
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Paul Kushner

Written by Paul Kushner

Founder and CEO of MyBartender. Graduated from Penn State University. He always had a deep interest in the restaurant and bar industry. His restaurant experience began in 1997 at the age of 14 as a bus boy. By the time he turned 17 he was serving tables, and by 19 he was bartending/bar managing 6-7 nights a week.

In 2012, after a decade and a half of learning all facets of the industry, Paul opened his first restaurant/bar. In 2015, a second location followed, the latter being featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

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