August 21, 2006

Booze: Orange Creamsicles

by peterb

The problem with White Russians is that they're very 1986. The other problem is that to make them, you have to buy a bottle of Kahlua, and now you have a bottle of liqueur that you can only use for White (and Black) Russians.

I was thinking about this today, and realized that I wanted something White-Russian-like (in the sense of "somewhat sweet, somewhat girly, likely to be served in a casino"). But I didn't want a drink that tastes like coffee. The fact is that I like coffee enough that if I want a drink that tastes like coffee, and yet has alcohol, I will make coffee and then put booze in it.

At that moment I realized that I still had a bottle of Cointreau in the cabinet, and thus this drink was born. I'm sure it's been independently invented in a thousand places, but mine was created to explicitly mirror the taste of the Good Humor truck orange creamsicles you had as a kid.

The recipe is simple:

  • Two parts Cointreau.

  • One part gold rum.

  • One part heavy cream.

Serve (of course) over lots of ice.

There are people who will blanch at the thought of heavy cream in a drink, and will want to substitute half-and-half or milk. If you are one of these people and are not at imminent risk of heart disease the only thing I can say is: you are worthless and weak.

Now if I can only figure out a way to mimic the taste and texture of those Strawberry Shortcake ice cream bars in a cocktail. Hmm. I wonder how well Strawberry Quik, vodka, and wheat germ would work together...

Posted by peterb at August 21, 2006 07:31 AM | Bookmark This

Again, the only worthwhile cheap gas station ice cream treat is the ice cream sandwich. Now how would we make that? Ok, fudgesicles would do in a pinch.

Posted by Doug at August 20, 2006 03:43 PM

Kahlua is also good in brownies and cheesecake. It's not like you can ONLY use it for the Russians... :D

Posted by Tiffany at August 20, 2006 05:37 PM

On what planet can you only use Kahlua for white/black russians?

Pour it over ice cream. Put it in coffee. Both are delicious.

Hell, make a girly chocolate/coffee 'martini' thing if you want. Or a B-52. Or a mudslide.

Mmm, Kahlua.

Posted by Nat at August 20, 2006 05:41 PM

Not the biggest fan of coffee-flavored stuff, but Kahlua is good in egg nog. Not quite as good as amaretto, but still tasty.

Posted by Julie at August 20, 2006 07:08 PM

I think that nearly all of us who spend too much time on the internet, drink too much coffee, and indulge in the odd alcoholic beverage ( I still haven't resorted to putting alcohol in my morning coffee - but it's occurred to me), and play video games more than 20 minutes/day are in serious risk of heart disease, therefore I consider myself excused...

Posted by Paul at August 21, 2006 02:37 AM

I just met Cointreau on watermelon. You couldn't quite identify it, but it was definitely good!

Posted by Doug at August 24, 2006 09:15 PM

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