I don’t know about you, but in Dee’s Kitchen we have been looking for fun ways to cool off this summer. While creating and trying new recipes, this drink recipe was the first thing that came to my daughter, Emma’s, mind. What is better than cooling off by indulging in a delicious fruity and creamy treat? My daughter, Emma, has a simple and delicious treat that is sure to help you cool off on these hot summer days. She first learned how to make an Orange Julius drink at school last year. She was taking a cooking class at school and this was the first recipe they learned. She has been asking to recreate the drink at home ever since. I thought there was no better time than now, when our temps have been in the 90’s for several days. After Emma found her original recipe, I asked if we could make a couple tweaks to make it our own! Emma was OK with it so we looked for ingredients that we could add to the recipe or use as a substitution. Instead of using sugar, we substituted Agave to help sweeten the drink. Emma and I took a trip to our local supermarket to search out the ingredients needed.
We waited to make our drinks until the boys returned from playing in a baseball game. We knew they would be hot and looking for a way to cool off. We thought it would make a nice surprise for them.
This drink is very simple to make. All you need is a blender and you can be cooling off in minutes! Adding the ice helps to keep the drinks nice and cold as well as a thicker consistency. The Orange Swirl Ice Cream that we added to this drink made it smooth and creamy, not to mention delicious too. It also added another layer of that Orange flavor. This drink also had just the right amount of sweetness from the Agave. The boys sure loved them and were very happy to come home to such a nice, cool & refreshing treat. Just thinking about how high our temps are going to be again today, I sure could use another one of these drinks.
Orange Creamsicle Drink
Makes approx. 4 drinks
1 can, Orange Juice Concentrate
2 Large Scoops, Ice Cream *(we used Orange Cream Swirl Ice Cream by Turkey Hill)
1/2 Cup, Vanilla Yogurt
1 Cup, Milk
1 Cup, Water
1 Teaspoon, Pure Vanilla Extract
1 Tablespoon, Agave
10 Ice Cubes
Orange Slices for garnish
Using a blender, add all of your ingredients. Blend on high until the ice is chopped up and the drink is nice and smooth. Pour into your favorite glass or have some fun and use mason jars. Add an orange slice to the side of the glass and pop a straw in it.
That is it! Super easy and so incredibly cool and refreshing!
For the Ice Cream: you can use any that you like. Our store happens to sell an Orange Cream Swirl that we thought would go perfect in this drink. Vanilla would be just as good! You could even use an Orange Sherbet.