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Gold For My Belly!!
Member Name: sparkle1004
Advantages: Doesn't taste of alcohol, looks pretty it's easy to drink
Disadvantages: If you don't like cinnamon, you won't like this
Whenever I go on a big night out, one of my friends invariably suggests that we do shots and the drink of choice is usually Sambuka. I just can't stomach it and I am now old enough and wise enough to know that it doesn't agree with me. Amongst others, I now find myself choosing the rather unusual Goldschlager.
About the drink
The name of the drink is German and it literally means 'Gold Beater'. The drink has Swizz origins but it is now producted in Italy. This drink is a version of Schnapps and it is flavoured with Cinnamon. What makes this drink special is that is has tiny flakes of gold floating in it.
Different rumours surround this drink. The first is that the 24 carat gold flakes are not real but are infact a lookylikey substance instead. If indeed they are real, the flakes are so thin that they would only amount to around £1 in value so chances are that they are. The other rumour is that the flakes are there to make tiny cuts in your throat in order to allow the alcohol to be absorbed into the bloodstream at a faster rate. This again is unlikely to be true as the flakes are too thin and not actually sharp at all but the story makes the drink a more interesting one.
The product is a transparent liquid which has a ever so slightly golden tinge. In the bottle, you can clearly see the golden flakes and they are suspended in the bottle making it look a very eye catching drink indeed. When you pour the liquid into a shot glass, you get around 5 flakes of gold so the bottle is pretty packed with bit. The bottle which it comes in is clear so that you can see the gold flakes floating around.
I've only ever has this drink on a night out and for a shot I pay around £4. Obviously this price will vary greatly depending in the type of place your in and on different offers. For a bottle, you will need to spend about £25 for 70cl and it has an alcohol percentage of around 40%.
The drink has quite a thick and syrupy consistency. I assume this is so that the gold flakes are suspended as it wouldn't be such an effective thing if they all sat at the bottom of the bottle. The drink has a really strong taste so some people will hate it. Unlike shots of vodka though, the strong taste isn't that of alcohol. You can clearly taste the cinnamon and it is also has a bit of sweetness to it. The aroma of cinnamon is also really strong and so this adds to the taste of it.
You can't feel or taste the gold bits and you most definitely can't feel then hurting your throat. You don't experience a sore throat afterwards either which leads me to think the little story is nothing but a rumour. It doesn't have an after taste and it is easy to drink down. It didn't make me feel sick although as it is such a strong percentage of alcohol, it will make you feel tipsy and should be drunk in moderation and responsibly. Obviously you need to be over 18 to drink this one as it contains alcohol.
All in all, this is a suprising shot that is completely different to all other shots I've tried. Considering it's high alcohol content, it doesn't actually taste or smell like alcohol. Unless you have an aversion to cinnamon, you should like it although it will be too sweet for some. Whether the flakes of gold are real or not, they bring a novelty factor to the drink making it look pretty and the story surrounding the drink more interesting. I really like the drink and it makes a night out for the Sambuca hater more enjoyable.
Summary: A cinnamon spirit with flecks of gold to make your night out lots of fun!
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