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Gold Caddy tour to honor Poor Red’s

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From page A16 | October 21, 2011 |

It’s well-known among the barbecue and classic-cocktail crowds that the bar at Poor Red’s Bar-B-Q (since 1948) in El Dorado goes through more Galliano Italian liqueur than anyplace else in the world.

That’s because the joint’s signature drink since 1952 has been the Golden Cadillac, a frothy blend of Galliano, half-and-half, white cream de cacao and ice.

“I order from three to six 12-bottle cases of Galliano each week,” said second-generation bartender Mike Speegle.

With sales like that, it’s no wonder Poor Red’s caught the eye of the Lucas Bols Co., “the world’s oldest distilled spirits brand.”

Now, to honor Poor Red’s connection with Galliano, comes the Bols-sponsored Golden Cadillac West Coast Tour in a gold-colored 1979 Cadillac DeVille.

On Oct. 16, the Caddy will pull in to Poor Red’s, where festivities will begin around 4 p.m., Speegle said. On tap, so to speak, will be the country-western band, the Golden Cadillacs, and an outdoor barbecue. At 4:30 p.m., Bols representatives will preside over the ceremony honoring Poor Red’s thumbprint on cocktail history.

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