How to Make a Creamsicle Cocktail

By Gail Sessoms

Those who like their alcoholic beverages creamy and fruity will appreciate the creamsicle cocktail, which mixes the flavor of the yummy, orange ice cream favorite with vodka. Although you can use another type of liquor, if you prefer, odorless, mildly flavored vodka is traditional for the creamsicle drink. Control the flavor and alcohol content by making 1 cocktail at a time, as is done by barkeeps. Set out your tools and ingredients, mix it up and serve.

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Cocktail Ingredients

In addition to vodka, creamsicle cocktail ingredients include orange juice, ice cream, sherbet and ice cubes. The drink recipe also includes triple sec, which is a strong orange liqueur described by as sweet, colorless and made from dried orange peels. The ingredients and the instructions that follow are adapted from a Creative Culinary recipe.

Measuring and Mixing

Use a cocktail shaker and shot glass to measure and mix ingredients. Kitchen measuring utensils and 2 tall glasses or plastic cups work for measuring and mixing, as well.

  • Place ½ cup of vanilla ice cream and ¼ cup of orange sherbet in the shaker or glass.

  • Add ½ ounce of vodka, ½ ounce of triple sec and 1 ounce of orange juice.

  • Add 2 to 3 ice cubes and shake until well blended. If using two glasses or plastic cups, place one over the other and shake the ingredients back and forth vigorously.

The cocktail should be thick, creamy and orange with just a bit of froth on top.

Garnish and Serve

The creamsicle cocktail's bright orange color looks pretty in a stemmed glass or a tall glass that will hold a straw. Chill the glass before using it and stir the cocktail a little after you pour the drink into the glass. Garnish the cocktail with orange slices, lemon wedges or maraschino cherries. Serve the creamsicle cocktail immediately while the ice cream and sherbet is cold and creamy and before the alcohol starts to separate.

Variations and Suggestions

You can use substitutions to achieve the orange flavor or creamy texture without altering the taste of the creamsicle cocktail a great deal.

  • Substitute orange-flavored vodka for the plain vodka to increase the orange savor.

  • Use heavy cream instead of ice cream and sherbet, or increase the ice cream to ¾ cup and leave out the sherbet. Or try the reverse.

  • Use orange soda instead of orange juice, or mix the drink and top if off afterward with orange soda.

  • A little soda water stirred in after mixing gives the creamsicle cocktail a bit of fizz, according to

  • Augment the alcohol content by increasing the amount of the vodka and triple sec to 1 ounce each.

  • Use a blender, or personal drink or smoothie mixer, to mix the cocktail.