Gourmet Veggie Mama

Grown-up Dreamsicle

Hooray! It’s Cocktail Thursday and I actually feel halfway like having a cocktail tonight! In celebration, let’s crack open the vanilla vodka I’ve been infusing.

vanilla vodka

Bottoms up!

I like vanilla. I like vodka. But commercial vanilla vodka? Not my thing. It’s just too sweet and not “real”-tasting enough. So, inspired by Boozed + Infused, I decided to try my hand at infusing my own. I split 2 vanilla bean pods (from Penzeys, my favorite source for all things spice-related) and filled a quart Mason jar with vodka, adding about  teaspoon of sugar. i allowed the mixture to infuse for about a week, which was just the right amount of time to give it a nice, deep vanilla flavor without turning it into vanilla extract, and just a touch of sugar was all it needed.

Now, onto my second problem with vanilla vodka: Most of the cocktails you can make with it have obnoxious names, contain too much cream or are otherwise unacceptable. Never fear! I put on my thinking cap and came up with a cocktail worthy of a tasty, home-infused vanilla vodka.

Grown-up Dreamsicle

I’ll drink to that.

I love the combination of vanilla and citrus, so a dreamsicle-inspired drink was a natural choice. I did end up adding a little splash of cream to it, just because it kind of needed it to tie it all together, but you’ll hardly even know it’s there, promise.

I’ll be dreaming up a few more cocktails in which to use my delicious vanilla vodka in the near future (espresso martini, anyone?), so stay tuned!

Grown-up Dreamsicle
Serves: 1
  • 2 oz vanilla vodka
  • ½ oz Grand Marnier
  • splash of cream
  • orange slice for garnish
  1. Combine all ingredients over ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake well and strain into a cocktail glass.
  2. Twist the orange slice over the glass and throw it on top as a garnish. Cheers!


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4 Thoughts on “Grown-up Dreamsicle

  1. I’m definitely passing this recipe on to my hubby. He loves to make infused vodka. Your Dreamsicle looks out of this world! Thanks for sharing this recipe.
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  2. Yes please! I always loved dreamsicles too, and this grown-up variety sounds awesome!
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  3. Awesome! I clearly need to expand my cocktail-making horizons.

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