Boozy Screamsicle

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Cocktail History

The Boozy Screamsicle is a Halloween cocktail that was first published on Delish, an online food and beverage blog. Inspired by the creamsicle ice cream pop, the original recipe was meant to be an extremely sweet and palatable dessert drink, but we wanted to add more complexity and booziness to take it to the next level. To achieve this, we used a split base of vanilla vodka and blood orange gin and added an amaro that would pair well with the orange sherbet ice cream, chocolate, and whipped cream, and we also chose to omit the crushed Oreo cooke rim so it would be easier to make.

Cocktail Ingredients

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Orange Sherbet Ice Cream: This is a frozen dessert made with citrus, sugar, and cream or milk. We used Kemp’s Fat-Free Orange Sherbet. For a dairy-free version of this drink, try orange sorbet in place of the ice cream.

Milk: This is a liquid rich in calcium and protein that is produced by mammals. We used Prairie Farm Vitamin D Whole Milk. For a dairy-free version of this drink, try oat milk in place of the milk.

Vanilla Vodka: This is one of the base spirits. We used Smirnoff Vanilla Vodka because it has a tasty vanilla flavor and is affordable. For a mocktail version of this drink, try Strykk Not Vanilla Vodka in place of the vodka.

Blood Orange Gin: This is the other base spirit. We used Whitley Neill Blood Orange Gin because it has a bright and zesty botanical flavor with notes of tart blood orange. For a mocktail version of this drink, try Lyre’s Non-Alcoholic Orange Sec in place of the gin.

Meletti Amaro: This is an Italian liqueur made with cloves, orange peel, saffron, anise, gentian, violet flower, alcohol, and water. For a mocktail version of this drink, try Lyre’s Non-Alcoholic Italian Orange in place of the amaro.

Chocolate Syrup: This is a sweetener made with cocoa, corn syrup, sugar, water, and other ingredients. We used Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Syrup.

Whipped Cream: This is one of the garnishes. It’s heavy cream that has been whipped and beaten until it is light and fluffy. We used Reddi-Wip from the can for easier application, but you can also make whipped cream at home using an iSi Cream Whipper. For a dairy-free version of this drink, try Reddi-wip Non-Dairy Coconut Milk Whipped Topping in place of the whipped cream.

Orange & Black Sprinkles: These are the other garnish. We used Wilton Halloween Nonpareils Sprinkles.

Tasting Notes

The Boozy Screamsicle features strong orange aromas and a taste that has a heavy orange sherbet flavor along with a bit of vanilla and a unique herbal complexity that comes forward even further on the finish.

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: While still fairly simple and not overly thought-provoking, we both found this ice cream cocktail to be totally delicious, and despite having more complexity than just vodka would deliver, just about anyone would enjoy this no matter their palate.

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Alex’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
“I don’t usually prefer dessert drinks, but this was really interesting. The original and this version of the recipe side by side had noticeable differences in herbal complexity, with the former really just being an ice cream drink while the latter has an indescribably different taste. The dark amaro definitely makes the difference, but the best part is that it doesn’t make the drink taste like an amaro—You could serve this concoction to your friends who think gin is too spicy, and they’d love it even if they can’t quite put their finger on why.”

Kendall’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
“For our first-ever ice cream drink, this was great and surprisingly complex after Alex made a few tweaks to the original recipe. I don’t particularly love orange sherbet ice cream in general, but when I found this drink, I was intrigued and wanted to see what we’d change to make it boozier. Even if you don’t usually go for dessert cocktails, this is a worth a try during spooky season. It’s sweet with a unique herbal flavor; I really liked it and would definitely make it again.”

Recipe

This cocktail recipe was adapted from Delish, an online food and beverage blog.

AuthorDelishPrep Time5 minsRating

Ingredients
 8 oz Orange Sherbet Ice Cream
 6 oz Milk
 1 oz Vanilla Vodka
 1 oz Blood Orange Gin
 ½ oz Melleti Amaro
 Chocolate Syrup
 Whipped Cream
 Orange & Black Sprinkles

Method
1

Add ice cream, milk, vodka, gin, and amaro to a blender.

2

Blend for 10-20 seconds.

3

Drizzle chocolate syrup in ice cream glass.

4

Pour ice cream mixture into glass.

5

Garnish with whipped cream and sprinkles.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 8 oz Orange Sherbet Ice Cream
 6 oz Milk
 1 oz Vanilla Vodka
 1 oz Blood Orange Gin
 ½ oz Melleti Amaro
 Chocolate Syrup
 Whipped Cream
 Orange & Black Sprinkles

Directions

Method
1

Add ice cream, milk, vodka, gin, and amaro to a blender.

2

Blend for 10-20 seconds.

3

Drizzle chocolate syrup in ice cream glass.

4

Pour ice cream mixture into glass.

5

Garnish with whipped cream and sprinkles.

Boozy Screamsicle

Make It a Mocktail: Use Strykk Not Vanilla Vodka in place of the vodka, Lyre’s Non-Alcoholic Orange Sec in place of the gin, and Lyre’s Non-Alcoholic Italian Orange in place of the amaro to try a booze-free version of this drink.

Tools & Glassware We Recommend

Anchor Hocking 12.5-oz Vintage Soda Glass, Set of 12
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OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Ice Cream Scoop
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