Thursday, March 10, 2011

Home-Made Liqueurs, #4: Galliano

Way back in the day, the mid-seventies to be specific, THE popular drink was the Harvey Wallbanger. Just yer garden variety screwdriver, but with some Galliano on top. And THAT made all the difference.
Galliano: That golden liqueur in the bordering-on-obscenely long bottle, with its subtle blend of flavors: vanilla, liquorice, citrus, the work together to bring out the flavors of its surrounding elements without overpowering them.

Now, you can make up a batch of this stuff all on your own thanks to the Home-Made Liqueurs series from Greatest Drink in the World... This Week!

Home-Made Galliano


2 cups sugar

⅔ cup water

½ tsp of anise extract

½ teaspoon of vanilla extract

3 teaspoons lemon or lime juice

4 drops yellow food coloring

2 ½ cups of 80 proof vodka


▸ Bring water and sugar to a boil, stirring frequently.

▸ Lower heat and simmer for fifteen minutes.

▸ Add flavorings, lemon/lime juice and coloring.

▸ Let cool to room temperature.

▸ Add your vodka.

▸ Pour into a tightly corked bottle and store for six weeks.

Makes one quart.

Galliano is the primary ingredient in the Harvey Wallbanger, of course, (named after that giant rabbit from the Jimmy Stewart movie, Harvey, who, according to legend, got totally plowed on Screwdrivers and Galliano while filming and smashed through some scenery, hence the name!), but Galliano is also one of the main ingredients in many other famous cocktails, too.

One can't have a Yellow Bird without Galliano in it. It is always in a Golden Cadillac, and a Golden Dream would be no dream at all without a drop or two!

In fact, HERE'S a little hint, most cocktails with the word "Wall," "Yellow" or "Golden" in the name, PROBABLY contain Galliano.

Yup. Its just that big a deal.

So, get in on it at your home bar with a home-made batch of the stuff, or brew some up for a gift for a Wallbanger enthusiast!

Just make sure to put it in a REALLY long bottle for the full effect!

Oh, by the way, a Slow Comfortable Screw Against the Wall ... is ALSO made with Galliano.

Think about it!





A little inspirational music for this week's Completely Unrelated Video. "Let The Sun Shine In."

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