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Goldschläger

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Goldschläger is an Italian cinnamon schnapps (43.5% alcohol by volume or 87 proof; originally it was 53.5% alcohol or 107 proof), a clear liqueur with very thin, yet visible flakes of gold leaf floating in it. The actual amount of gold is extremely small and serves as a sort of novelty: there is currently less than a tenth of a gram (0.1 g) of gold flakes in a 750 ml bottle of Goldschläger, which, as of January 19, 2010, amounts to about 3.01 USD on the international gold market.

Left: A bottle of Goldschläger.

Despite having Swiss origins, Goldschläger is a product of Italy and the brand is owned by Diageo. The German word Goldschläger ("gold beater") designates the profession of gold leaf makers, who beat bars of gold into micrometer-thin sheets.

A few years after its introduction, Goldschläger was reformulated to contain less gold due to some alleged accounts of individuals suffering allergic reactions. An urban legend about Goldschläger is that the gold flakes cut the throat or stomach upon ingestion, allowing the alcohol to directly enter the bloodstream for quicker intoxication. In reality, gold is known for its softness and malleability, and given that the flakes do not have sharp edges, no such lacerations occur.

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