I love drinks that are simple, with ingredients that are flexible. This nostalgia-inducing Creamsicle Cocktail is perfect for both those reasons. The vodka is infused with a split vanilla bean, and paired only with orange juice. For a fully handmade version, after you’ve infused your vodka, use fresh squeezed juice from Valencia oranges. Valencia’s have a very tasty juice, and everything tastes better when it’s made from scratch, right?
This particular illustrated cocktail comes from Dark Rye, a new online magazine created by some intrepid content producers at Whole Foods Market. It has no ads and no schilling, just really beautiful recipes and stories of incredible people making food. This excerpt also happens to be ripe for hacking- once you’ve got vanilla infused vodka, the possibilities are endless. (When I run out of oranges, I’ll be having vanilla white russians!)