Galliano is an herbal, flavorful Italian liqueur with golden yellow color and sweet vanilla flavor. This liqueur is added to cocktails to improve their flavor.
It was first made in 1864 with star anise, musk yarrow, lavender, cinnamon, peppermint, juniper berry, Mediterranean anise, and vanillin. But some food colorings such as caramel and tartrazine, along with glucose syrup and sugar as sweeteners are also included.
Galliano is a digestif. Therefore, it is often used after meals to improve digestion. However, it is also a common ingredient in many cocktails. Some of the most known cocktails include Golden Cadillac, Harvey Wallbanger, Golden Dream, and Yellow Bird.
You can use it on its own on ice with soda. But it also pairs well with many other flavors. It is usually found in some other drinks like whiskey, rum, tequila, and vodka.
If you are making a cocktail or need it as an ingredient in your dessert recipe and noticed that you run out of Galliano, you can substitute it with Licor43, Yellow Chartreuse, Strega, Anisette, Pastis, Ouzo, Sambuca, Herbsaint, Roiano, or Licorice extract.
Substitutes for Galliano
Substituting the unique flavor of this liqueur is hard. But not impossible. Many drinks have anise and vanilla flavor just like Galliano.
1. Licor 43
Licor 43 is a sweet liqueur with vanilla flavor and golden yellow color. It consists of 43 herbs, spices, and fruits including vanilla, citrus, and cinnamon.
It has a light, sweet vanilla flavor with hints of citrus and cinnamon. Licor 42 is a part of different cocktails, mixed with coffee, cola, straight, or on the rocks.
You can also add this liqueur in some desserts, jams, and meat marinades. It doesn’t have the same flavor as Galliano. But you can enjoy its vanilla, citrus, and 41 other flavors.
2. Yellow Chartreuse
Yellow chartreuse is an herbal liqueur made of 130 plants, herbs, and flowers grown in the French Alps. This liqueur is made by a secret recipe old for hundreds of years. It contains honey, violet, and citrus flavor with hints of licorice, saffron, and anise.
It serves as a base for many cocktails and pairs well with chocolates and desserts. You can use it as a substitute for Galliano and enjoy the flavor of all ingredients used for its production.
Strega is another Italian herbal liqueur. It is a mix of 70 spices and herbs and has a yellow color. Some of the key ingredients include fennel, saffron, Samnite mint, Ceylon cinnamon, and Italian Apennine juniper.
Strega has juniper and mint flavor with fennel and anise hints so it is perfect for cocktails. It pairs well with lemonade and coffee. However, you can also add this liqueur to some desserts, baked goods, or use it as a syrup base. It is less sweet than Galliano and has a mint flavor with a hint of anise. So, it resembles the flavor of Galliano.
Anisette is a colorless liqueur made of anise seeds with a sweet licorice flavor. You can add it to many cocktails, coffee, straight or mixed with water, and other liquids because of the strong flavor.
Anisette has a sweet and stronger anise flavor than Galliano, and lower alcohol content. If you don’t mind the stronger anise flavor you can use it as a substitute for Galliano.
Pastis is aperitif and spirit with anise flavor made of 65 spices and herbs. Some of them are star anise, cardamom, nutmeg cloves, cinnamon, rosemary, licorice, sage, lemon verbena, black pepper, and many more.
It has anise and licorice flavor. You can add it to cocktails or serve it diluted with water, on-ice cubes, etc. It has a stronger anise flavor than Galliano but you can use it as its substitute.
This Greek liqueur is made of grape must and flavored with anise, cardamom, coriander, clove, cinnamon, mint, fennel, and mastic. It has an anise flavor and people usually use it plain.
However, you can also dilute it with water to weaken the strong flavor and get a beautiful milky color. This is known as the ouzo effect.
Ouzo performs well in cookies, seafood marinades, and other dishes. For a similar flavor to Galliano, you can add some honey. Or sugar and vanilla extract.
Sambuca is an Italian colorless liqueur with an anise flavor. But there are also other types with red, and dark blue colors.
You can serve it with water, on the rocks, neat, with or in the coffee. It has an anise flavor with berries and herbal hints. Sambuca is one of the better substitutes for Galliano liqueur.
Herbsaint is a liqueur with a star anise flavor that was created as a substitute for absinthe. It is a common ingredient in many cocktails. It adds a nice anise flavor that reminds of the taste of the Galliano liqueur. You can also serve it on ice with a little soda or seltzer to release its flavors of spearmint, vanilla, fennel, and anise all at once.
Roiano is an Italian liqueur with a similar flavor and color to Galliano. It consists of secret ingredients like anise and vanilla. But it is a little sweeter than Galliano liqueur.
This liqueur is a good substitute for Galliano. However, it is hard to find it because it is not sold in too many countries.
10. Licorice extract
If you prefer a nonalcoholic substitute for Galliano you can use licorice extract. You can use it to add flavor to beverages, food, and candy. However, use it in small quantities.
You can use it as a substitute for Galliano in your drinks, marinades, or baked goods. A few drops will be enough because it is not advisable to use licorice extract in large amounts. You can also add some vanilla extract to get a more similar flavor to Galliano liqueur.
Homemade Galliano Recipe
If you want to make a Galliano liqueur at home you will need the following ingredients.
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 2 cups sugar
- ½ teaspoon anise extract
- 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 ½ cups vodka
- 2/3 cups of water(10 tablespoons+2 teaspoons)
- 4 drops yellow food coloring
Make a syrup from the water and sugar and bring it to a boil. Add the other ingredients and mix them well. Your drink is ready.
Are there different types of Galliano?
Galliano is a brand that makes many flavored liqueurs like the Galliano L’Autenticoliqueur. You can choose between Amaretto with almonds flavor, Vanilla with vanilla flavor, Ristretto that has coffee flavor, L’Aperitivo with citrus fruits flavor, White sambuca, Black sambuca, and Balsamico.
What is the flavor of Galliano?
Galliano L’Autentico liqueur has a complex flavor, which is a mixture of all the herbs that are included in its making. However, the accent on the flavor falls on the vanilla and anise.
It has a noticeable yellow color and comes in a tall skinny bottle which makes it stand out from the other bottles of liquor. But Galliano also stands out with the alcohol content, because it has 42,3 % of alcohol which is more than some other liqueurs.
Does Galliano taste like licorice?
Galliano tastes like vanilla and anise but also has a hint of licorice.
Is Licor 43 similar to Galliano?
Licor 43 is not very similar to Galliano because it only has the same vanilla flavor but lacks the anise flavor that Galliano brings to your drinks.
What to say about something so tasty like Galliano except you have to try it to believe it. But if you don’t want to use some of the substitutes above you can make it at home with just a few ingredients and adjust its flavor to your taste.