Remember creamsicle bars and those orange-flavored push pops you'd find at the convenience store when you were a kid? Next to the Drumstick sundae cones, Nutty Buddys, and Klondike bars? I was actually never a big fan of orange push up pops — I gravitated towards anything chocolate, and still do — but I recall seeing a creamsicle-inspired recipe on a cocktail menu somewhere recently, and was intrigued. But since I don't remember where I originally saw it, I have, yes, enterprised and created my own version.
I Googled several creamsicle recipes, but didn't really want to add ice cream, half-and-half, heavy cream, whipped cream, or straight dairy to mine, so swapped in Baileys (I guess I'll get that hint of chocolate after all. . .) I also wanted to use orange soda, instead of orange juice. . . .Do I know what the hell I'm doing? Not really. Has that stopped me before? Definitely not. Isn't the process of creating custom cocktails all about experimentation? Absolutely. So it was with that spirit that I went about creating this recipe, TBH. The end result definitely had a heavier Irish creme vibe than I was expecting, but my concoction wasn't terrible. It was actually. . . kinda good. That said, any suggestions on how to improve this recipe (below) are WELCOME.
Orange Creamsicle-Inspired Cocktail Recipe
1 oz. orange-flavored vodka
1 oz. Baileys Original Irish Cream
1/2 oz. triple sec
4 oz. Orange Crush
Mix, shake well, then strain. Pour over ice.
Who's absolutely OVER the cold? Yeah, me too. As it always is in Virginia, we've skipped right over spring, and slammed straight into summer, and that's fine by me. Today, the temps peaked at 91 degrees (according to my weather app). So say good-bye to anything frigid, icy, or chilled (unless it's a fine adult beverage), and say hellooooOoooo to warm air — and flowers around every corner. Head to Maymont if you love greenery — and peonies — as much as I do.
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