I have a very stocked liquor cabinet, and in the name of using up less desirable items (vanilla vodka much?), I invented this cocktail, which tasted exactly like an alcoholic creamsicle! It's citrusy and sweet, goes down like ice cream and still packs a boozy punch. —Lauren Shockey
vanilla flavored vodka
orange muscat dessert wine (i use quady winery's essensia)
Combine the vodka, orange muscat, and Cointreau in a lowball glass and stir. Add ice (preferably one large cube, but smaller cubes are fine, too). If the drink is too strong for your liking, add more orange muscat, or use smaller ice cubes which will melt quickly.
Lauren Shockey is a New York City-based food writer and author of the cookbook Hangover Helper as well as the culinary memoir Four Kitchens. Previously the restaurant critic at the Village Voice, she has written for such publications as The New York Times, Travel + Leisure and the Wall Street Journal.