Last month Lex’s Brownie troop had a Friday night activity at a Paint Your Own Pottery studio. There is a restaurant up the street from the studio that is one of my favorites in the area and since she was to be occupied for a few hours we thought we’d make a date night out of it after we dropped her off with her troop.
After I figured out what I wanted from the menu I was perusing their drink menu and they had so many different varieties I wanted to try, one of which was a Creamsicle Martini. That night I ended up trying their Lemon Drop Martini and their Chocolate Martini, but the Creamsicle variety kept popping in to my head. The description of the drink was intriguing, and it mentioned the addition of whipped cream vodka. Whipped cream vodka? I had never heard of it! It sounded too good to be true! So after that night I started asking around to see if anyone had ever heard of it. I didn’t find anyone in my immediate acquaintance that had in fact heard of such a delight. I wasn’t deterred though and decided to see if anyone in our area carried this mysterious vodka.
The next time I was on the other side of town I stopped by the liquor store, which ironically is across the parking lot from a very popular local church. One of the doctor’s at our doctor’s office, who actually attends to the church, jokingly refers to their church “the liquor store church”, which is neither here nor there at the moment, but amused me greatly.
When I went in I not only found the whipped cream vodka, but I also found that the same company made a cotton candy variety as well, which you’ll hear more about in the future I am sure. Needless to say both bottles made it home with me and I was happy to discover that both of them taste great alone, but why would I want to stop there?
A few nights ago I decided to play around with the whipped cream vodka and see if I couldn’t come up with a creamsicle martini of my own and I was completely satisfied with what came about. This has a similar taste to those creamsicle bars some of enjoyed as children, but it most definitely has that adult kick that makes it a fabulous martini. Trust me, if you like orange, this is the drink for you!
What You’ll Need Per Person:
1 bottle of Izze Sparkling Clementine fruit soda
1 cup of tangerine juice with 1/2 cup of club soda or seltzer
2 shots of whipped cream vodka
1 shot of vanilla vodka
A generous dollop of whipped cream
In a martini or cocktail shaker add all ingredients minus the whipped cream and shake well. If you don’t store your vodka in the freezer you’ll want to add some ice cubes too to chill the mixture.
Pour the mixture into a glass and top with a generous dollop of whipped cream.
Notes: There are so many possibilities with this drink. If you like you can mix the whipped cream in to the drink before drinking, or you can simply leave it at the top. I’ve tried it both ways and it’s fabulous either way.
As I mentioned before if you don’t have or can’t find the Izze Clementine soda then you can simply use tangerine juice and mix in club soda. It has the same effect, though it does change the taste slightly, but either way you won’t be disappointed with the overall result.
You could also add the zest of an orange on the whipped cream topping the drink, or an orange slice to add a little pizazz.