How to Make a Non-Alcoholic Creamsicle

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Start to Finish: 10 minutes

Servings: 2

Difficulty: Beginner

A drinkable, alcohol-free version of the frozen treat, this drink is perfect for kids wanting to feel grown up, or for adults feeling nostalgic for younger days. Made from ice cream and soda, this version uses bitters to give the sweet drink a bit of bite. The bitters give the drink a taste that is closer to the alcoholic version. This recipe is inspired by recipes from Fine Art Bartending and Creative Culinary.

Ingredients

  • 10 ounces orange juice
  • 2 cups vanilla ice cream
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 4 drops orange bitters
  • 1 drop red food coloring
  • 1 drop yellow food coloring
  • 2 cups orange cream soda
  • 2 maraschino cherries
  • 2 slices of halved orange

Directions

Place the juices, ice cream, zest, bitters, food coloring and soda in a blender. Pulse blend until the ingredients are thoroughly mixed.

Add extra soda to the blender, 2 tablespoons at a time, if the mix is too thick. If it is too thin, add 1 tablespoon of ice cream at a time.

Pour into tall glasses and garnish with a slice of orange and a cherry each. Serve immediately.

Tip

  • The cocktail can also be kept in the blender, stored in the freezer, until ready to drink. Pulse blend for 3 to 5 seconds before serving to re-mix the ingredients.

    Storing the glasses in the freezer for 15 to 20 minutes before making the drink will help the cocktail stay frosty and cold.

Variations

Use half orange sorbet or sherbet and half vanilla ice cream for a sweeter, more orange-y tasting drink. Omit the food coloring as it can turn the drink a lurid shade if you are using orange sherbet.

For a lighter tasting drink, substitute half of the vanilla ice cream with frozen yogurt or Greek yogurt.

A citrus soda, such as 7-Up or Sprite, can be used in place of the orange soda.

The bitters are optional, but they can make a non-alcoholic drink taste like the real thing. Choose the type of bitter you prefer to subtly personalize the drink. A spicier bitter will be more pronounced than a sweeter one, which may make it a better option for adults.

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