I invented this simple vodka cocktail one Friday night when I realized I was out of wine. I rummaged through the cupboards and found an unopened bottle of vanilla vodka. What would blend with it? Because we have a Soda Stream, we always have bubbly water in the house. But a Vanilla Vodka Soda did not sound quite right. What if I layered it with fresh fruit juice? Then it would practically be a health drink, not to mention an aphrodisiac. With the addition of fresh tangerine juice and a touch of simple syrup I had a cocktail layered with aphrodisiac ingredients. But how would it taste? One sip and I realized that what I’d created was an adult version of a Creamsicle.
A note on ingredients
I dubbed this simple cocktail the Tangerine Creamsicle. And it’s a surprisingly well-balanced drink. It’s one I’ve made many times since that first experiment and I think I like it more and more with each drink. The tart freshness of tangerine offsets the somewhat heavy-handed vanilla note of vanilla vodka. It is essential to use fresh tangerine juice for the drink. Not only does fresh juice offer vitamins–yes! this cocktail has vitamins, keep telling yourself that–but it gives the drink a zing you can’t get from bottled juice. Orange juice does not work as a substitute. It doesn’t give the drink the same sour spark that tangerine brings. And the Tangerine Creamsicle must be made with vanilla vodka, if for no other reason than the fact that the mere scent of vanilla is an aphrodisiac to men. And don’t forget that fresh citrus is on our list of the 10 Best Foods for Women!
A sexy twist on a vodka cocktail that tastes exactly like the childhood favorite popsicle.
- 1 tbsp freshly squeezed tangerine juice (approx. the juice of 1 tangerine
- 1 tbsp simple syrup
- 1 oz vanilla vodka
- 2 oz club soda
- fresh tangerine wedge for garnish (optional)
In the bottom of a rocks glass, stir together the tangerine juice and simple syrup.
Add the vodka, top with the soda and serve.
Garnish with a wedge of tangerine, (optional).
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