Gold Digger

Road trip!

That’s right. The BoozePhiles had packed up the car and were on our way to the country to enjoy a day of sunshine, green fields, local lore, and fireworks. Dinner was part of the plan, and so was an easy cocktail for sipping on the verandah. I turned to my trusty reference book for something light and sunny, and came up with the Gold Digger.

The Gold Digger is an original, modern mix listed in Hamlyn’s Cocktails guide. This is not the Tipsy Bartender’s version, nor is it made in mocking homage to the “gold diggers” populating bars and lounges. I’d like to think it was inspired by the cherry-caramel sunlight of late-summer afternoons. And since this drink is a member of the Screwdriver family, no-one’s at risk for Vitamin C deficiency!


  • 1.5 oz. gold tequila
  • 1.5 oz. gold rum
  • 8 oz. orange juice
  • 2 tsp. Grand Marnier

Fill serving glass half-way with ice cubes. Pour the tequila, rum, and orange juice over the ice and stir gently with a bar spoon. Pour the Grand Marnier into the cocktail over the back of the spoon. Garnish and serve.

The verdict: The tequila comes forward in the delightful way tequila does, but it sits agreeably with the rum. Not too boozy, not too juicy. Four thumbs up for this one!

Serving note: This cocktail transitions easily to a pitcher. Mix the tequila, rum, and orange juice gently in your preferred vessel and chill until you’re ready to serve. Top with the Grand Marnier after you pour the drink over ice.

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