Friday, June 23, 2017

Orange Joey (Non-Alcoholic)

Who says you can't add cream and orange juice to a drink without making a curdled mess? The Orange Joey is a great non-alcoholic drink that holds up because it is blended. The effect is like a creamsicle, orange ice cream that you can sip through a straw. It's pretty awesome, really and great for drinking poolside.

The recipe calls for vanilla syrup, which is either simple syrup infused with vanilla beans or extract, or it is sold in bottles like those found in coffee shops. For mine, I used a honey syrup that I flavored with vanilla extract because I had been using honey syrup for rum drinks. Either way, use less than 2 ounces listed in the recipe. Too much sweetness is unhealthy as well as off-putting.  

Blend this drink in two stages to avoid curdling the cream. Do the syrup and orange first, then add the cream after the ice has mixed with the orange juice.
  • 2 oz. orange juice
  • 2 oz. vanilla syrup (1 oz. if you don't want a sugar high)
  • 2 oz. half-and-half
Combine syrup and orange juice in a blender with ice. Blend until combined, then add half-and-half and blend until smooth.

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