Our family toasted in the New Year a little early yesterday evening with a Golden Cadillac. It is a cocktail made world famous at Poor Red's in the town of El Dorado, CA. It is served in a champagne glass with a larger glass of it on the side, like milkshakes are served. It is a tasty drink and reminds me of a story. Actually, the story of how I met my wife.
Many years ago, in a galaxy far away...sorry, I got carried away. Circa 1987, my best friend's dad, Jerry, was at a show in Reno. These three girls walked up to him and asked if they could sit at his table because there were no other tables available. Now Jerry did not think his so or I, for that matter, would ever be able to get a date so when he found out these three girls would love to learn how to ski, he began his work. By the end of the evening, he had convinced him that he had the perfect guys to take them to the slopes and he had their phone numbers. Curt, his son, called me a few days later asking if I would accompany him on a ski trip to introduce these three girls to skiing. Of course, due to my total lack of ability to talk to a girl at the time, I said no. Curt ignored me, arranged our day on the slopes and we went skiing. On the way home, we stopped at Poor Red's for dinner and a Golden Cadillac, maybe two. And the rest, as they say, is history. I was married about three years later to Mary Margaret. Blind dates sometimes do work out.
The Golden Cadillac is made with 1 oz Galliano, 1 oz Creme de Cacao (some like 2 oz) and 1 oz heavy cream. Poor all three ingredients over ice and blend well. We like to finish it off with a bit of nutmeg on top. At one time, Poor Red's made this cocktail so popular that it was responsible for 3% of world wide sales of Galliano.
You can't go wrong toasting in the new year with A Golden Cadillac. However you do choose to bring in the new year, adult beverage or not, I do wish you all a very successful 2021 and a very,
HAPPY NEW YEAR! ! ! ! !
For those of you that are not bored with my story yet, I would like to tell you the precise moment that I knew Mary Margaret and I were destined to be together for eternity. We were skiing at Sierra at Tahoe and Mary Margaret was waiting patiently about half way down the mountain for me. At the time, I really enjoy skiing just as fast as I could and at the last second spraying my ski partners with snow. I set my sights on MM. I was zipping directly towards her at a high speed and, just at the last second, caught a ski edge. I had a decision to make. Either I was going to take out a 5' 2" cute blonde girl or take my chances with the 50' pine trees to the left. I knew the right decision even moving at such a high rate. I fell on my side, jammed my skis into the snow and crashed into one of those trees. Somewhere between hitting the ground and hitting the tree, MM broke out in a huge laugh. That is when I knew,"this doggone girl was mine!" Thank you Michael Jackson for precisely the right words.
Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI, e-Pro
3412 Babson Drive
Elk Grove, CA 95758