Tangerine Infused Vodka for a Creamsicle Cocktail

by Pamela

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Make your own infused vodka! Those weird flavored vodka’s that are cluttering the shelves of your local booze hookup are gross. There, I said it (someone had to). Cake flavored vodka? Why deny yourself the pleasure of two of life’s great treats? Cake and vodka! Have a piece of cake and wash it down with a chilled glass of vodka. Whipped cream vodka? Cotton candy vodka? I can’t list anymore because it’s turning my stomach just typing those things. So make your own infused vodka, it tastes a WHOLE LOT better and you’ll know exactly what’s in it. And it makes the best tasting creamsicle you’ve ever had.

I’ve posted tons of infused vodka recipes, and more than a couple infused bourbon recipes too. Of course these infusions are ridiculously popular at bars and restaurants (not to mention costly when you order one of their “hand crafted” concoctions). Let’s face it, they’re fun to make. If you’ve got a flavor you like, odds are you can make your favorite vodka have that flavor. Mix that with other ingredients and you’ve got yourself your very own hand crafted cocktail recipes to impress yourself (and friends) with.

Infused Vodka Cocktai Recipe - The Creamsicle

This isn’t really an infused vodka recipe…technically. When I tossed those tangerine peels and vanilla bean into that jar filled with spirits it was filled with Everclear and not vodka. Why the strong stuff? I had exactly one cup of the potent stuff left taking up valuable space in the liquor vault. The only difference between using Everclear and vodka is alcohol content…the resulting infusion will taste the same.

I wasn’t a fan of the orange and dairy flavor combo, known as the creamsicle, when I was a kid. I don’t know why…it just seemed weird to me. I still don’t run out and buy a creamsicle when it’s hot outside but the flavor actually tastes good to me now. This grown up version of the ice pop is the best way I’ve enjoyed these flavors yet.

You’re probably not looking for chilled cocktail recipes right about now, but you should be. Since tangerines are in season right now, you should be making up a batch of this so that you can enjoy this creamsicle cocktail on that first scorching day of summer.

Tangerine Infused Vodka for a Creamsicle Cocktail
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This tangerine and vanilla infused vodka is the key ingredient in a delicious creamsicle cocktail. One sip and you're transported back to childhood.
Recipe type: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Serves: 1
  • For the Infusion
  • 1 Cup Vodka (or Everclear)
  • Zest of 4 Tangerines (I used a peeler to get strips of zest - make sure there's none of that white pith attached)
  • 1 Vanilla Bean Split and Scraped
  • For the Creamsicle Cocktail
  • 1½ Ounces Infused Vodka
  • ½ - ¾ Ounce Cointreau
  • ½ Ounce White Cream de Cacao
  • ½ Teaspoon Honey
  • 1½ Ounces Half and Half
  1. For the Infusion
  2. Add all ingredients to a glass jar with lid.
  3. Put the lid on the jar and give everything a good shake.
  4. Let infusion sit in a cool place for 7 days and shake daily.
  5. Strain infusion with a cheesecloth lined sieve.
  6. For the Creamsicle Cocktail
  7. Add the first 4 ingredients to a cocktail shaker.
  8. Add ice to shaker.
  9. Pour in half and half.
  10. Cover shaker and shake until you're pretty sure your hand is will fall off from being so cold.
  11. Strain and pour into a martini glass.
The infusion makes approximately 1 cup of flavored spirits. You can add more Cointreau if you'd like the orange flavor to really stand out. Using the ½ ounce measurement leaves the orange flavor subtle.


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