Goldschläger is 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.
Goldschläger Price List 2022
Below is the pricing of Goldschlager, along with ABV and bottle sizes.
|Goldschlager Cinnamon Liqueur||375ml||$12.99-$16.09||43.5%|
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 of 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 of 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 the naysayers are correct about the gold flakes piercing (albeit microscopic) your internal organs to the point where the liqueur would enter directly into your bloodstream and intoxicate you faster than usual.
Goldschläger was originally produced in Switzerland up until the 1990s until Diageo acquired the brand, which brought the production to Italy. In 2008, it was acquired by 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.
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 will be treated to a 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 more of.
It belongs to the spirit type of liqueurs, cordials, and schnapps and the spirit style of herbal and 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, Goldschlager 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 glasses or any chasers needed. Just serve this chilled at all times and you’re all good.
The good thing is, you can also use Goldschläger to gracing some of the popular cocktail drinks out there. Some of which are listed below:
½ glass absinthe
Pour absinthe into a glass half full, then top it 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 and use 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.