It turned out to be a citrus-y kind of week here on the blog. Friday is finally here (hallelujah!), what better way to wrap things up than with a crisp orange cocktail? Oranges have a long and extensive history in America, beginning with their introduction just after Christopher Columbus’ first exploratory journey. Botanists believe that the citrus tree dates back over 20 million years, a time when Asia was joined with Australia. A Chinese document from AD 1178 lists 27 different varieties of citrus fruits, including mandarin oranges and kumquats. From the 1500s onward, citrus spread rapidly throughout the Americas. Now the states of Florida and California are home to our largest citrus industries. Thanks to their efforts, our markets are teeming with sweet and luscious winter oranges right now! Sounds like a great excuse to enjoy a citrus-inspired cocktail, don’t you think?
This Orange Creamsicle cocktail could not be easier to make. It tastes just like an orange popsicle filled with vanilla ice cream; you know, those creamsicle pops you used to like as a kid? Or maybe you still like them… I know I do! Fresh oranges and vanilla vodka– two ingredients, one delicious result. How easy is that? TGIF! It’s 5:00 somewhere, right?
You can now buy vanilla vodka at most grocery stores, but it is also easy (and fun!) to make at home. Click here to learn how.
- Fill a tall glass with ice. Pour in vanilla infused vodka, top with orange juice. Stir. Serve with fresh orange rounds for garnish. Optionally, you may blend the ingredients with ice to make a slushy/daiquiri-type drink!
- Note: If you want this cocktail to be kosher, use kosher-certified liquors. Use GF vodka made from potatoes to keep it gluten free.