What kind of wines and spirits graces our cellars? More often than not, only gold standards, right? We would always aim to have those bragging rights whenever we are in the company of our friends and families.
But what if one of those gold standards include a bottle that’s literally infused with gold, has a German name and is made in Sweden – what could be more sophisticated than that?
That’s exactly the case of Goldschläger.
Where Did Goldschläger Come From?
It is said that Goldschläger was an imitation of the original liqueur produced by the German firm Danzig – the Goldwasser which was produced in 1606. Although the gold flakes weren’t part of the original recipe, they were just added because they were thought to be capable of aiding in the treatment of certain illnesses.
The Goldwasser had quickly become a favorite among czars – including legendary ones like Peter the Great and Katherine the Great.
But the idea about the medicinal value of gold flakes had been dismissed. Despite this, the gold flakes stayed, given that they are not known to cause any harm since they are pure gold with no added impurities.
Instead, they seem to just act as a mere symbol of branding and probably, a perceived sense luxury. In the end, the move seems to be a very effective marketing strategy.
Besides the seemingly luxurious appearance, the mystery (or thrill) of having to ingest gold flakes adds to Goldschläger’s mysterious appeal. Why? You need to prove if naysayers are correct about the gold flakes piercing (albeit microscopic) your internal organs to the point the liqueur would enter directly into your bloodstream and intoxicate you faster than usual.
Goldschläger was originally produced in Switzerland up to the 1990s until Diageo acquired the brand which brought the production to Italy. In 2008, it was acquired by the Global Brands which brought it back to Switzerland once again.
Diageo sold it off as part of a portfolio of 19 brands to Sazerac Co. which is a US distiller in November 2018.
What Exactly is Goldschläger?
It’s a Swiss cinnamon schnapps that has floating thin 24 karat gold flakes that are estimated to have a total of 0.1g per one 750 ml bottle. Not really something of value but heck! It’s still the real thing!
Its taste is a combination of cinnamon aromas, alcohol vapors, and spicy finish that lingers.
Its name literally means “goldbeater” in German – perhaps to refer to the gold leaf makers who hammered the gold bars into wafer-thin sheets.
How Much Does Goldschläger Cost?
You would most probably think this liqueur is worth a fortune, but on the contrary, it’s very much affordable. It’s not aged to begin with. It’s also not a vintage.
So if you’re worrying about Goldschläger Prices, we assure you, it’s reasonably priced everywhere you go – including these sources:
Crown Wine and Spirits
$20 to $25
Properties and Characteristics
Upon opening the bottle, you are going to be welcomed with the aroma of fragrant and sweet cinnamon.
If you are already familiar with butterscotch schnapps, your taste buds would be treated with similar taste with the combination of syrupy sweet cinnamon spice and black pepper heat towards the end.
Ending this sweet swallow is the lingering spicy black pepper and cinnamon that you’ll definitely crave for more.
It belongs to the spirit type of Liqueurs, Cordials, and Schnapps and spirit style of Herbal & Spice and Cinnamon.
If you are checking (if you even care at all), the alcohol volume (ABV) is 45.3% and it’s 87 proof. But originally, Goldschläger was 53.5% alcohol and 107 proof.
The gold flakes might appear intimidating if you are drinking this for the first time. But your worries are unwarranted as there’s no unusual ritual to be performed prior to drinking this like rimming of shot glass nor any chasers needed. Just serve this chilled at all times and you’re all good.
The good thing is, you can also use Goldschläger in gracing some of the popular cocktail drinks out there. Some of which are listed below:
½ glass absinthe
Pour absinthe in a glass half full, then, top up with Goldschläger and Tequila.
- Elvira Montana
Half oz. Goldschläger
Half oz. Jägermeister
Half oz Rumple Minze
2 oz. Bacardi 151
1 oz. coffee liqueur
Half oz. light cream
Rim the glass with sugar using a lime wedge. Fill the glass with ice and add all the ingredients and stir.
- Four Horsemen
Quarter oz. Goldschläger
Quarter oz. Bacardi 151
Quarter oz. Rumple Mintz
Quarter oz. Jägermeister
Combine all four in a mixer with ice and strain into a shot glass.