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Golden Dream Cocktail

Remember Creamsicles? As kids, everyone loved those orange-covered vanilla ice cream bars.

Refreshing Boozy Golden Dream Cocktail with Orange and Cream

And some of us still do. Well, it’s what makes Golden Dream an adult beverage that many can’t resist as it tastes a lot like these delicious frozen treats.

How to Make a Golden Dream Cocktail

Refreshing Boozy Golden Dream Cocktail with Orange and Cream

Golden Dream

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

It's a sweet cocktail classified as an after-dinner drink. However, it is not one-dimensional and features a variety of exciting flavors.


  • 1½ounces Galliano L'Autentico
  • 1½ounces Cointreau
  • 1½ounces orange juice, freshly squeezed
  •  ¾ounce heavy cream


  1. Put some ice in a shaker and add the Galliano, Cointreau, and orange juice.
  2. Add some heavy cream and shake until they are all well-chilled.
  3. Strain the shaker contents into a chilled cocktail glass, and serve.

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History of the Golden Dream Drink

Golden Dream is an IBA (International Bartenders Association) cocktail made with Cointreau and Galiano.

One of the ingredients of Golden Dream, Galiano, is an Italian liqueur. The Galliano is what gives the drink its vanilla flavor.

Sometimes this drink is served in a parfait glass instead of a cocktail glass. It also goes well served over shaved or crushed ice in a rock glass. If you decide to go that route, use a straw, although this is not traditional.

How Strong Is Golden Dream?

Although this drink is devoid of whiskey, vodka, or other base spirits that are typically high-proof, it’s just as strong as most of those. Bottled at 80 proof, it gives Golden Dream a welcome punch.

Nevertheless, this cocktail is not as potent as a glass of wine, mixing up to just 15 % ABV (30 proof).

About the Golden Dream

As with most drinks, the history of Golden Dream is uncertain. However, Raymundo Alvarez is believed to have created this drink. He was a bartender at the Old King Bar in Miami, Florida, and he dedicated the cocktail to film actress Joan Crawford.

The drink grew popular in the 1960s on the East Coast of the US.

In 1964, a competition was organized in Hamburg by the International Bartenders Association, one of the competitors named Charon, won the competition with the Golden Dream cocktail.

Preparation Tips for a Golden Dream

For creamy cocktails such as Golden Dream, heavy cream is the most popular option. It’s an ideal choice because it lightens up during mixing and also provides a luscious drink.

Freshly squeezed orange juice brightens up this cocktail and complements the orange liqueur well. With just one orange, one can produce 2 to 3 ounces of juice.

Serve Golden Dream in a chilled glass. It helps marry the flavors and keeps your drink cold from start to finish.

Of course, storing cocktail glasses in the freezer is awkward. Therefore, always opt for a quick chill. Add a couple of ice cubes in the glass while mixing the drink, and then do away with them before straining.


Try out our amazing recipe for a Golden Dream cocktail! You won’t be disappointed. This drink has stood the test of time and you’ll see exactly why as soon as you shake one up for yourself.


Golden Dream Cocktail
Please drink responsibly, be fully accountable with your alcohol consumption, and show others respect.

Written by Paul Kushner

I have always had a deep interest in the restaurant and bar industry. My restaurant experience began in 1997 at the age of 14 as a bus boy. By the time I turned 17 I was serving tables, and by 19 I was bartending/bar managing 6-7 nights a week.

In 2012, after a decade and a half of learning all facets of the industry, I opened my 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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