Aug 31 2011

The Gold Finger

By: Anne Berry

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Jill Masterson’s deadly dressing down is the most iconic moment of 1964’s Goldfinger, when she pays for her betrayal by being slathered in gold. James Bond later finds her blinged-out body on the bed, dead of skin suffocation.

In real life, a doctor was stationed on the movie set, and makeup artists left the actress’ belly unpainted so her skin could “breathe”. Still, rumors that she’d actually died during filming persisted.

There was no such tragedy behind this month’s Where Y’at cover, photographed by Jamie Schneider in the Bourbon Orleans hotel. Cover model Adriana Vladikova, masked in gold powder, could have even enjoyed the Goldfinger cocktail (expertly poured by Bourbon Oh! bartender Stephen Lemoine) except it was tantalizingly out of reach while she posed.

The drink is based on Goldschläger, a kitschy blend of cinnamon schnapps and real gold flakes made for the 1990s. Ordering it reminded me of manic dot-com kids and bighaired supermodels who wouldn’t leave the house for less than $10,000.

Today, you may be trading stocks for gold, but don’t hoard your Goldschläger. A bottle has about a tenth of a gram of the precious metal in it.

Put it to better use in this Christmasy cocktail, where elegant Grand Marnier tones down Goldschläger’s cinnamon sparkle and opens up the drink with a luxurious orange nose. Ginger ale adds snap and body.

This cocktail is both shaken and stirred, so let it rest. Watch the gold flakes dance to the top. And don’t worry about the other death rumor linked with this Goldfinger— the gold goes down soft.

Goldfinger Courtesy of barnonedrinks.com

• 1 oz. Goldschläger

• ˝ oz. Grand Marnier

• 1 ˝ oz. ginger ale

Pour Goldschläger and Grand Marnier into a chilled martini glass. Shake the ginger ale with ice and strain into the same martini glass, then gently swirl together. Serves 1.

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