Orange Creamsicle

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.

Orange Creamsicle

Ingredients

  • 4 oz orange juice (or more to taste)
  • 2 oz vanilla infused vodka
  • Ice
  • Fresh orange rounds for garnish (optional)
  • Blender (optional)
Total Time: 5 Minutes
Servings: 1 cocktail
Kosher Key: Pareve
  • 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.

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  1. That sounds freakin’ awesome!! :0 Yeah, I am not afraid to admit it as a guy! :) I love pretty much all things citrus…lemon, lime and especially orange! Love Orange Sherbert and Creamsicles too..so this is a win-win!! :)

  2. Tori Avey, ever since I liked your page, I have NEVER ONCE regretted it… OH MY GOD…. This sounds simply AAAAMAAZING! I am beginning to start culinary school soon at the ripe ole age of 48 and having a middle age reinventing. So when I see your recipes or cocktails like this…. I SAVE SAVE SAVE!!!!!!! You my dear, are AWESOME!!!!! Btw when I was a little boy Orange Creamsicles were one of my ALL TIME favorite ice creams!!!!!!!!! LOL So this is kind of like my inner child meets my grown up….. LIKE!!!!!!!!!!! LIKE!!!!!!!!!!! no LOOOVE LOOOVE LOOOVE!!!!!!! LOL

    1. Ya know Bev? I was laid off from my job and all my life I have loved food and cooking. When I was little I would sit on the pass through and watch my mom cook and go WHY YOU ADDING THAT? WHAT IS THAT FOR? questions questions questions. Did the same with my grandmother who made all her pies from scratch. She was the one that started my love affair with Strawberry Rhubarb pie. Key Lime is still my favorite in the world but I thought…. ok I hated that last job… I utterly hated it. Im at a point in my life I want to wake up each and every day excited and wondering what kind of adventures would light me up, make me go WHAT WILL I DO TODAY???? and after many years of dismissing it, I finally, and this will make you laugh….. I thought… well, If Madonna can reinvent herself time after time after time and the old girl can do it even past 50 years old? Then so can I. I took the leap and getting ready to start in April. Its like the word that Tori Avey used…. passion. If you feel that passion? If you find yourself in a conversation with people and getting passionately gushing about a recipe or something you just ate…. hey…. run with it.

  3. It’s been years since I had one, but I went through a period in the Eighties where my fruit-juice-based cocktail of choice was the Tootsie Roll — add 1-1/2 oz of white creme de cacao to 4 oz. orange juice (and add 1 oz of vodka if you prefer; I’ve had too many injections to enjoy vodka, the smell always makes me think somebody’s going to stab me…) It really tastes very much like the classic confection, and won’t pull your fillings out!

  4. As a bartender I usually put these ingredients in a shaker,and a dash of cream and serve it up in martini glass. Another variation is using 1oz of vanilla vodka and 1oz of whipped vodka.

  5. I’ve made these before, but I use 1/2 cup of vanilla Ice cream, and about 3 oz of fresh OJ and the Vanilla Vodka and whip it all up in the blender…

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