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Orange Dreamsicle Martini


posted: 02/06/13

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A glass of Orange Dreamsicle Martini that is an opaque white color with a circular slice of an orange.

I’m feeling a bit nostalgic today. Thinking about the worry free days of childhood.

(Are you concerned? A martini post that talks about my childhood?)

I grew up in this great little small community. My two childhood best friends lived on my block. We lived a few blocks from an amazing community pool. I married my next door neighbor under the tree in my front yard when I was seven because we both had brown hair. We played ghost in the graveyard at night.

And I lived less than a mile from a magical little place called The Bait Shop. Biking distance.

Now, The Bait Shop is a pretty hard thing to explain. It was across from a little local beach and it sold . . . well, bait. And candy. And eventually ice cream. And a whole slew of other things.



A glass of Orange Dreamsicle Martini that is an opaque white color with a circular slice of an orange.

Either way, it totally roped us in.

And I vividly remember going across the street, ice cream in hand, to walk in the water bare feet and eatting my treat. Not a care in the world.

And that’s the feeling this cocktail conjures up. Carefree, without a worry, basking in the sun. Just like you are eating an Orange Dreamsicle.

Only . . . you know. . . with booze in it.

A collage of three photos. The first shows a pot with white sugar and orange zest. The top right corner shows a measuring cup with squeezed orange. The bottom right corner shows a strainer on top of the measuring cup. The strainer has wet orange zest in it.

To start up this magical trip into nostalgia, zest an orange over one cup of sugar. Then squeeze the juice from two oranges into a one cup measure (I got about 1/4 a cup). Fill it the rest of the way up to the one cup mark with water. Combine the zest, sugar, and water-juice mixture in a sauce pan over medium heat, stirring until it comes to a boil and the sugar has completely dissolved. Then strain the syrup to remove the zest. Note:  I used a metal mesh strainer, but if you want to make sure you get no zest in the syrup, I would use a cheese cloth.

Once the orange simple syrup has cooled, it’s time to get your dreamsicle on!

A glass of Orange Dreamsicle Martini that is an opaque white color with a circular slice of an orange.

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Orange Dreamsicle Martini

  • 2 Oranges (plus additional slices for garnishing)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • UV Cake Vodka*
  • Fat Free Half and Half**
  1. Pour 1 cup of sugar in a medium sauce pan. Zest one orange over the sugar.
  2. Juice the orange you just zested and an another into a one cup measure. Fill it the rest of the way up with water, so you have one cup of liquid total. Add it to the sauce pan with the zest and sugar.
  3. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring consistently so the sugar does not burn. Once the the sugar has completely dissolved into the liquid, strain the mixture to get out the zest. Place the Orange Simple Syrup in the refrigerator to cool completely.
  4. To make the martini, mix 1 1/2 parts UV Cake Vodka, 1 part Orange Simple Syrup, and 3/4 parts Fat Free Half and Half with ice and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with an orange slice.
*UV is not a sponsor of this post. I have found, that of the flavored vodkas, the lower alcohol content of UV makes for sweeter drinks.
** I have tried with both full fat and fat free half and half. For whatever reason, the fat freeness makes it taste a whole lot better. Go figure.

Hi! I'm Lisa Longley, and I am committed to giving you simple dinner ideas and recipes that are easy to make; recipes that will fill your home with joy. I am the owner and author of SimpleJoy.com and I'm so glad that you are here.

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