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Mar 9, 2019

Mini Orange Creamsicle Shots

Mini Orange Creamsicle Shots, an iconic dessert turned into a seriously tasty tiny cocktail. 

Mini Orange Creamsicle Shots #creamsicle

Orange and vanilla are a wonderful flavor combination, especially when it involves vanilla ice cream.

It reminds my of my childhood when the ice cream truck would come by the Little League games and we would buy these delicious frozen orange "Long Johns" that were filled with vanilla ice cream.

It also reminds me of Orange Julius, a drive-through where you could get these ice cream and orange based shakes that were soooooo delicious.

It also faintly reminds me of fiori di sicilia, which is used to flavor panettone and other Italian baked goods.

Mini creamsicle drinks

These mini orange creamsicle shots are a totally cute dessert for a "tiny" cocktail party where you have mini cocktails, appetizers, and tapas-sized main courses.

This is sort of a "fun size" cocktail. Picture these on a buffet table at a party... cute, right? I love anything mini!

P.S. If you love this flavor combination, and want something you can serve to the kids, check out these orange vanilla popsicles.

What ingredients do you need to make these mini orange creamsicle shots? 

  1. Vodka
  2. Orange soda
  3. Orange, tangelo, or tangerine juice
  4. Vanilla extract
  5. Triple Sec
  6. Vanilla ice cream
  7. Sparkling sugar
To make this cocktail extra delicious, be sure to use the best old fashioned orange soda you can find. It adds just the right orange color and sweetness to the cocktail.

If you happen to have vanilla vodka, you can skip the vanilla extract.

For the tiny shot glasses, I found lots of cute ones at Marshall's and Home Goods. They're pretty easy to store too if you keep them in the box. I love using them for mini mousse desserts and trifles.

Mini Orange Creamsicle Cocktails #creamsicle #cocktails

This recipe is celebrating the seasonal citrus that is available this time of year. 

We have three citrus trees in our super tiny yard that produce an amazing amount of fruit. First, we have a lemon tree. I'm not sure what kind of lemons they are.. they are sweeter than regular lemons, but the rinds are thick and the lemons are the size of grapefruits, so I have no idea what kind of lemons they are. 

Next, we have a tangelo tree that is amazingly prolific. Unfortunately, the possums and raccoons in the neighborhood have discovered it so it's a constant race against time to harvest the fruit before they do. 

Finally, we have a Bearss lime tree that is still in its infancy. This year, it has produced an amazing amount of limes for how small it is. You can see slices of the limes in this post about pan fried catfish.

Creamsicle Cocktails #creamsicle #cocktails

This recipe was inspired by the book, Tiny Food Party!  The book also includes tiny Bloody Marys, Champagne cocktails, pineapple cocktails, coffeecake cocktails, lemonades, lemon-lime fizzes, and eggnog shooters. 

Chapters include Tiny Snack Party, Tiny Dinner Party, Tiny Dessert Party, and Tiny Cocktail Party! It's very cute. 

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Yield: 12 mini drinks

Mini Orange Creamsicle Shots


  • 1 1/4 cups cold vodka
  • 1/8 teaspoon pure vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
  • 1/4 cup triple sec
  • 1 cup cold orange soda
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange, tangerine, or orange juice
  • 1/2 cup vanilla ice cream
  • 1/4 cup sparkling sugar


  1. In a large measuring glass, stir the vodka, vanilla, triple sec, orange soda, orange juice, and ice cream until the ice cream is just barely melted. 
  2. Place the sparkling sugar on a plate and fill a small bowl with water. 
  3. Dip the rim of a shot glass in the water, and then dip it in the sparkling sugar to coat the rim. Repeat with the rest of the shot glasses. 
  4. Pour the vodka and orange mixture into each one of the glasses and serve. 
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Would you like to comment?

  1. Beautiful colour! Love the idea of a mini cocktail.

  2. These are just beautiful!! Love the photos too very much :)

  3. I bet these taste amazing! They certainly look like a creamsicle!

  4. These sound amazing. I love that there is ice cream in them. How fun!

  5. What a fun and flavorful shit! I love trying different drinks and these look delicious!

    1. I'm sure you mean "shot" right? Ha ha! Thanks!

  6. I grew up with Orange Julius. Everything just reminds me of that. Can't wait to try these.

    1. I grew up with Orange Julius too! Thanks for reminding me!

  7. So jealous of your citrus trees! These sound awesome, and I love Nielsen Massey, great products.

  8. These sound dreamy! I always loved orange creamsicle push pops as a kid, I know I'd love these as an adult!

  9. How long do they hold? Can I make a decent sized batch and keep refrigerated for a night? Does the ice cream separate and need to be remixed or does it become curdled?

    1. I did not make these the day before. I imagine that you would need to remix, but I don't know for sure.


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