Friday, April 13, 2012

Orange Creamsicle Cocktail & Mocktail

For my birthday this past year, my dear hubby took me to a trendy bar/eatery.  The highlight was my drink. So I have carefully crafted my own improved version for home consumption. I used a hurricane glass because it made it prettier. As you know, a good part of the appeal of food and drinks are the appearance.  Make it pretty and taste good., and you will wow your friends.


I have intentionally made this drink with and without alcohol, for one, because I am such a lightweight drinker! Without vodka, it was still fantastic! I can also share the mocktail version with the kids.

I like my drink with the extra sweetness of vanilla syrup. If you are trying to cut calories, you might want to back off the regular syrup and switch to sugar-free and consider fat-free half & half. I know fat-free half & half is a mysterious chemical alteration of the real thing. But if you want that texture and creaminess, it's an option.

By the way, a regular shot is in the US is 1.5 ounces.  I used 2 ounces (or 1/4 cup, or about 44 mL) of vodka because hurricane glasses are big. 

Ingredients for one Cocktail
1/4 cup vanilla vodka (like Smirnoff, Stoli, Three Olives, or Absolut)
1/4 cup half & half
1 cup orange juice
2 Tablespoons vanilla syrup
1/2 cup seltzer or lemon-lime soda (like 7 Up or Sprite)
whipped cream
orange slices for garnish
ice

Method
1. Combine vodka, 1/2 and 1/2, OJ, and vanilla syrup in a tall glass. Stir well to mix.



2. Add soda and stir gently. Add ice gently to fill the glass. Leave some space at the top.


3. Serve with a dollop of sweet whipped cream on top and a sliced orange on the rim of the glass.

Ingredients for one Mocktail
1 cup orange juice
1/3 cup half & half
2 Tablespoons vanilla syrup
1/2 cup seltzer or lemon-lime soda
whipped cream
orange slices for garnish
ice

Method
1. Combine  1/2 and 1/2, OJ, and vanilla syrup in a tall glass. Stir well to mix.

2. Add soda and stir gently. Add ice gently to fill the glass.

3. Serve with a dollop of sweet whipped cream on top and a sliced orange on the rim of the glass.