Cocktails in Motion: The Spare Room’s Brand New Cadillac

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The Spare Room's Brand New Cadillac

Recipe by Yael Vengroff
Photos by Katrina Frederick

Editor’s Note: In this summer’s seventh annual “Evening of Tiki” series, Hollywood’s The Spare Room hosts a rotating monthly lineup of guest bartenders serving Angelenos their inventive cocktails with an island spin. We caught up with Yael Vengroff, The Spare Room’s bar director, at the start of the series, who shared one of her most recent concoctions and its inspiration with Life & Thyme.

My best friend, mentor and hero John Lermayer passed away on June 6. He had flown out to guest bartend our tiki nights twice in the seven years we have been doing this. I took this drink from his last menu and reworked it into something completely different, while still retaining the spirit of his original cocktail.

The drink we are both riffing off is a little-known seventies classic called a Golden Cadillac, which is a low-ABV, decadent dessert cocktail you typically don’t find these days. It tastes like ambrosia salad. The original drink contains white cacao and Galliano, which I kept in this recipe. I subbed out the orange juice for mango and used Grand Marnier as the base to give this one some more oomph.

Brand New Cadillac

– 1.5 oz. Grand Marnier
– 1 oz. white Crème de Cacao
– 0.75 oz. cream
– .5 oz. mango purée
– 0.25 oz. Galliano
– 2 oz. pistachio coconut mix *

*Ingredients for pistachio coconut mix:
– 1 packet of pistachio pudding, such as Jell-O brand
– ½ can of coconut milk
– 1 can of coconut creme, such as Coco Lopez

Method: Make pistachio pudding as recommended on package, then add the coconut milk and coconut creme. Add all cocktail ingredients into a blender. Blend with crushed ice. Pour.

Glass: Poco Grande

Garnish: Shredded coconut and grated nutmeg

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