This orange creamsicle drink is an alcoholic version of that classic frozen treat. It’s easy to make with freshly squeezed orange juice, gin (or vodka), and a splash of vanilla almond milk.
Growing up, orange creamsicles or dreamsicles made regular appearances in our freezer. Vanilla ice cream was covered in an icy orange popsicle coating and served on a stick.
Experience an adult (and vegan) take on that vanilla & orange combo with this orange creamsicle cocktail. Freshly squeezed OJ comes together with gin (or vodka). Then it’s finished with a splash of vanilla almond milk.
That creamy finish softens the acidity of orange juice on the tongue. And the whisper of vanilla makes it all the better. It’s a refreshing cocktail that’s easy to gulp.
Freshly squeezed OJ is best
Since orange juice is the starring ingredient in this alcoholic drink, the flavor really pops if you use freshly squeezed orange juice instead of the boxed variety.
Which non-dairy milk should I use?
Sweetened vanilla almond milk is my preferred choice for this beverage. Store-bought is fine.
Or you can make your own almond milk. If you decide to make your own, be sure to add the optional vanilla extract.
If you’re not a fan of almond milk, any sweetened vanilla non-dairy milk will work here.
Can I use a different hard liquor?
Yes! As noted in my gin & tonic recipe, gin is my preferred hard liquor. But vodka would also work.
I haven’t tried it, but you could even use vanilla vodka for an extra bump of vanilla flavor. Whipped cream vodka would also be something to try. Check on Barnivore to see if your preferred brand is vegan.
Use extra large ice cubes
Extra large ice cubes work great in this drink, because they cool quickly & melt slowly. That way your cocktail won’t get diluted before you finish it.
How to make orange creamsicle drink
Here’s what you’ll need to make an orange creamsicle drink.
Pour orange juice into short glass with a shot of gin.
Finish with a Tablespoon of sweetened vanilla almond milk on top.
Orange creamsicle cocktail
- ¾ cup orange juice preferably freshly squeezed, about two oranges worth
- 1 shot gin or vodka
- 1 or 2 ice cubes
- 1 Tablespoon sweetened vanilla almond milk or your preferred non-dairy milk
- Pour orange juice into a short glass.
- Add a shot of gin and stir.
- Put ice into the glass.
- Finish with a Tablespoon of vanilla almond milk on top. Don't stir, so that the almond milk stands out in the glass.
Content, recipe, and photos updated January 29, 2021. Originally posted October 10, 2011.