Saturday, December 4, 2010

0 Recipe #208: Orange Creamsicle Punch Spiked with Cointreau

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Dreamy, creamy orange creamsicles! Ahhhhh. Definitely a favorite treat of ours when my sister and I were growing up. We'd walk to the corner store with our grandpa, full of anticipation. I always knew what I was going to get -- an orange creamsicle, of course! :) Definitely a fond childhood memory.

Fast-forward to the present: I still love the combination of creamy vanilla & orange flavors mixed together. This punch is definitely the grown-up version of an orange creamsicle, that is, if orange creamsicles were made into punch & spiked with Cointreau. ;)

Of course, everyone can enjoy orange creamsicles, but this version is just for us adults. :)

Orange Creamsicle Punch Spiked with Cointreau

2 Tbsp. honey
2 Tbsp. water
5 c. orange juice
2 c. Breyers "Smooth & Dreamy" light ice cream, "Creamy Vanilla" flavor (1/2 the fat of regular ice cream), slightly softened and scooped into small balls
2 c. seltzer water (club soda)
3-4 Tbsp. Cointreau, or to taste

Directions: In a small sauce pot, heat 2 Tbsp. honey in 2 Tbsp. water on low heat until honey has dissolved. Let cool & set aside. Pour orange juice into large punch bowl, followed by cooled honey mixture & small scoops of ice cream, & thoroughly mix. Make sure that you don't add the ice cream in one big blob; it needs to be broken up into small segments so that it properly blends together with the other ingredients. Next, add the seltzer water & Cointreau, and stir well to combine. Let the ice cream melt a little bit before serving for optimum flavor & texture. Serve & consume immediately, i.e., while the punch is still fizzy & cold.

Chef's Notes: Make sure the bottle of seltzer water you use has been tightly sealed & thus, still has lots of fizz. Otherwise, you're basically just watering down the punch. :)

This recipe is great for parties. Plus it's lowfat & has lots of vitamin C. Your guests won't even be able to tell the difference between this punch & the less healthy versions. :)

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