This is the fifth installment in the Spirited Cuisine series from Sri Bala (Shaman) and me. Each round, I select a liquor or spirit, and Sri creates a dessert recipe incorporating it. Find Sri’s posts at his blog and mine here within the Lush Life category.
Spirited Cuisine has been on hiatus for a while — or rather, I’ve been on hiatus while Sri has carried the weight on his own, creating not just a dessert but also a cocktail for our current featured ingredient, Galliano. At last, here is my contribution to the party.
You’ve surely seen the distinctive Galliano bottle, a super-tall, taped bottle of bright yellow liqueur. It’s usually on a high shelf, for two reasons: First, it won’t fit anywhere else, and second, no one drinks anything that requires it.
Galliano tastes almost exactly like Good & Plenty candy — a Hershey’s brand confection made of black liquorice pink and white candy coating. (Fun fact: Good & Plenty is "the oldest branded candy in the United States.") The candy coating has a sugary vanilla flavor, just as Galliano does.
Most anise flavored liquors stand up for themselves in a mixed drink, but the subtle vanilla and other herbs of Galliano are easily overwhelmed. For instance, here’s the recipe for a Harvey Wallbanger, the best-known Galliano drink:
3 parts Vodka
1 part Liquore Galliano
orange juice to fill
Mix the vodka and orange juice in a highball glass, then float the Liquore Galliano on top. Garnish with orange slice and maraschino cherry, and serve.
Even though the Galliano is floated on top, I find it’s almost completely obscured by the orange juice — especially if you’re using fresh squeezed juice, which you should for best taste.
Other Galliano drinks are a little better at highlighting the subtle charms of its flavors: the Golden Cadillac is just Galliano, creme de cacao, and cream. But I think Galliano is best served straight, in a cordial glass, as an after-dinner digestive.
Sri has concocted a lovely dessert that plays perfectly with Galliano’s flavorings: Galliano marzipans with dark chocolate ganache. The recipe and photos are so tempting you’ll have to buy a bottle — even though it’s too tall to fit on any shelf in your house. Trust me, it’s worth it.