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Orange Creamsicle Margarita

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Who doesn’t love a delicious orange creamsicle on a warm sunny day? There’s truly nothing like it. Well, today I’ve fused this idea together with the beloved Margarita cocktail. This recipe blends traditional Mexican flavors with a sweet, nostalgic touch, reminiscent of the orange creamsicles from childhood summers.

I know you’re going to love it!

The first step in crafting this drink is preparing the candied orange slice garnish. Start by sprinkling a bar spoon full of sugar evenly over an orange slice and then sear it lightly using a culinary torch or under a broiler. This process caramelizes the sugar, creating a crispy, candied texture that not only enhances the visual appeal but also adds a crunchy contrast to the creamy libation. Allow the candied slice to cool and harden while you mix the cocktail itself, so let’s get into that process!

The base of any Margarita, tequila, brings a robust and earthy flavor that forms the backbone of the cocktail. Opt for a high-quality silver or blanco tequila for a clean, agave-forward taste that complements the sweeter ingredients without overwhelming them.

Cointreau, a type of orange liqueur, introduces a bright, citrusy sweetness, enhancing the orange flavor central to this drink. Its smoothness helps to bind the tequila and citrus juices into a cohesive blend, and it’s also a classic Margarita ingredient.

Adding onto the the citrusy theme, we’re introducing an obvious touch: orange juice. Fresh orange juice is key to capturing the essence of a creamsicle. Its natural sweetness and vibrant citrus notes are essential for mimicking that familiar creamsicle flavor, providing a fresh and fruity counterbalance to the tequila.

Coconut cream adds a luxurious, velvety texture and a tropical sweetness that ties everything together. It softens the sharpness of the lime and enhances the cocktail’s overall richness, making each sip smooth and indulgent.

The addition of lime juice is crucial for its tartness, which cuts through the sweetness of the orange juice and coconut cream. This ingredient keeps the cocktail refreshing and grounded in the Margarita tradition.

Once shaken together, the mixture is strained into a rocks glass over fresh ice. Now, you’re ready to add that candied orange right on top of your cocktail as a lovely garnish. The drink itself should have a creamy, pale orange hue, inviting and cheerful. The candied orange slice garnish not only adds a pop of color but also serves as a delightful snack once the drink is enjoyed.

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Step 1: Sear a barspoon full of sugar over a fresh slice of orange. Set aside to cool.

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Step 2: In a cocktail shaker, pour all the ingredients in topped with ice. Shake until chilled.

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Step 3: Strain the mixture into a rocks glass over fresh ice and garnish with candied orange.

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The Orange Creamsicle Margarita offers a wonderful blend of traditional and modern flavors, making it a standout choice for any cocktail menu. Nostalgic, tasty, and a bit boozy!

Orange Creamsicle Margarita

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Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Step 1 – Sear a barspoon full of sugar over a fresh slice of orange. Set aside to cool.
  2. Step 2 – In a cocktail shaker, pour all the ingredients in topped with ice. Shake until chilled.
  3. Step 3 – Strain the mixture into a rocks glass over fresh ice and garnish with candied orange.

Notes

Pro Tip: Rim your glass with orange zested salt. Simply zest a fresh orange over a plate of salt, mix together, and rim!

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