Creamsicles are one treat that are guaranteed to take me back to my childhood. My mother was in a summer bowling league when I was little, so one night each week, it was Daddy-Daughter night.
On these evenings, I would make him do ridiculous things like help me dress my Strawberry Shortcake doll in Cabbage Patch clothes, or march up and down the hallway in our apartment with my child-sized cleaning equipment (I took the broom, he had the mop) like we were in a parade. Luckily for him — and me! — photographic evidence of these activities are not in digital format to share with the world.
We would cap off each evening when the ice cream truck came by. I'd pick something off the truck and eat it on our front steps. Then my dad would pick up my messy self, and carry me straight to my pre-bedtime bath, clothes and all.
I'm a little older now (and neater when it comes to eating, buffalo wings notwithstanding), but I still get childhood cravings on occasion. So, for those times when the ice cream truck is nowhere to be found (and in honor of National Creamsicle Day!), I found a recipe for an orange creamsicle martini.
I made a few changes to the Snappy Gourmet's recipe. I felt the cocktail could use a bit more orange flavor. I had to consume a few of these martinis to get the recipe just right (oh the sacrifices I make for my blog!). I hope you'll agree that the finished product is just as good as, if not better than, those popsicles I remember from my childhood.
Orange Creamsicle Martini
Slightly adapted from Snappy Gourmet
Yield: 2 martinis
- ¾ cup no-pulp orange juice
- ¼ cup half-and-half
- ¼ cup whipped cream-flavored vodka
- Whipped cream, for garnish
- Orange slice, for garnish
- Place about 6 ice cubes in a cocktail shaker.
- Combine the ingredients and pour over the ice.
- Place the cap on, and shake for 30 seconds. Strain into martini glasses.
- Top with whipped cream and garnish with a slice of orange.