Galliano: A Quick Guide

Galliano, a yellow Italian herbal liqueur, has a subtle vanilla flavor. It makes cocktails great! Here are some ways to use it.

It is Galliano liqueur, and it has a bright yellow color, exquisite taste and a delicious aroma. The Harvey Wallbanger made this Italian liquor popular in the 1970s. It’s more than just a mixer for vodka or OJ. Vanilla, anise and juniper add a sweet, complex flavor to any cocktail. We think this liqueur is a great addition to any collection. This liqueur is a great choice for cocktails, as it can be used in many different ways.

What is Galliano?

Galliano L’Autentico, a sweet and herbal Italian liqueur, is a bright yellow. It is made from 30 herbs, spices, and plant extracts and was created in Tuscany, Italy, in 1896. Arturo Vaccari was the inventor of it and named it after Giuseppe Galliano, an Italian officer in the Royal Italian Army. Vaccari made the liqueur golden in color in honor of the Italians who traveled to California in the 1890s for the gold rush.

Due to the popularity and sales of the Harvey Wallbanger, Galliano became America’s most popular liquor in the 1970s. Some claim that Galliano’s popularity in the 1970s was similar to that of St Germain today. We agree.

What does Galliano smell like?

Galliano liqueur has a complex, sweet flavor. It is strong in vanilla and anise and has subtle peppermint, lavender, and cinnamon notes.

Are there substitutes? Galliano is an exceptional liqueur worth looking out for. In pinches, you can also use Licor43, a Spanish liqueur with a vanilla flavor. It’s commonly used in a carajillo.

It’s why we love it.

Galliano gives any drink it touches a sweet, intriguing vanilla and licorice flavor. It was not something we expected to enjoy as much as it did. We recommend the Golden Cadillac, Golden Dream and Yellow Bird as must-try cocktails.

We admit that we were not alive in 1970, so we don’t have the nostalgia associated with this wildly popular liqueur. Although it is no longer as popular, we believe it deserves to be revived.

What is the cost of this?

Galliano is a mid-priced liquor compared to other liquors. Galliano costs between $17 and $20 for a bottle of 375 ml and $30 to $35 for a bottle of 750 ml. We recommend the smaller size because you will only need a small amount.

Most popular Galliano cocktails

Galliano can be enjoyed straight after a meal as a digestif. It is also featured in many cocktails, most notably after-dinner cocktails.

Harvey Wallbanger

Harvey Wallbanger is coming! This simple highball cocktail is the screwdriver’s sophisticated cousin. Galliano gives this otherwise mundane brunch drink a funky, herbal finish.

History: In 1960, the company that imported Galliano liqueur hired an artist to draw a cartoon depicting Harvey Wallbanger. The drink became hugely popular due to the image of the colorful and anxious-looking surfer dude.

Golden Cadillac

This pale yellow after-dinner drink’s creamy, complex taste will amaze you! It’s light and herbal, with hints of anise, nutmeg and chocolate after one sip.

History The story says that the drink was created in El Dorado in California in 1952 by a restaurant called Poor Reds. A bartender created the drink for a couple just engaged and named it after their new Golden Cadillac.

Golden Dream

This classic cocktail was very popular in the ’60s and ’70s. We think it’s high time to give it a rest. You’ll instantly be intrigued by the taste of this cocktail. It tastes almost like a boozy Creamsicle.

History: It is believed that it was created in Miami sometime in the 1960s by Raimundo Alvarez. At some point, it was dedicated to Joan Crawford.

Yellow Bird Cocktail

The Yellow Bird cocktail is a delicious sweet-sour cocktail. This bright yellow cocktail is a Sour Cocktail with an extra sparkle: a nuanced end with vanilla and licorice.

History: Unknown; most likely invented in the 1960s and 1970s

Harvey Wallbanger & More Galliano Cocktails

  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x


  • 2 ounces ( 1/4 cup) vodka
  • 3 ounces (6 tablespoons) orange juice (fresh squeezed, if possible)
  • 3/4 ounce (1 1/2 tablespoons) Galliano liqueur (Galliano L’Autentico)
  • Ice, for serving (try Clear ice).
  • Optional: Orange wedge or cocktail cherry as a garnish


  1. Mix the vodka with orange juice in a glass. Stir it a few times until it becomes cold.
  2. Use a spoon to pour the Galliano onto the drink. Serve with garnish


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