Orange & Chocolate Treats for Halloween

With Halloween-related recipes making the rounds, I figured it was time to celebrate two of my favorite colors and flavors… chocolate and orange.  (Chocolate qualifies as a color and flavor, yes?)  First up, orange…

I grew up (or came of age) in an era when dessert drinks were popular.  The Brandy Alexander.  The Grasshopper.  Basically anything booze with ice cream!

It seems incredible now that we often ordered them after a substantial dinner.  Of course, there were “lighter” dessert drinks, too — The Pink Squirrel and The Golden Cadillac, to name a few.  (Booze and half & half… not quite as “dessert-y” to me, though.)

Clearly a compromise is needed to solve this dessert drink dilemma! ;)

Recently, I found myself with a leftover shot of Jose Cuervo.  (Bear in mind, I started with one of those teeny, tiny bottles — not the whole shebang.)  Anyhow…

What does one do with an ounce of pure Gold?

The first thing that came to mind was a Tequila Sunrise — or an orange-flavored Margarita.  (The contents of my fridge voted for the latter option.)  So, I spent the better part of a lazy Sunday afternoon messing around with a simple syrup infused with orange peel.

Ta da… The Orange-arita!

I took a sip… hmmm… close, but not quite.  (It was really sweet and I was out of limes or I would’ve rendered some sourness promptly!)

It needed… something.

Hmmm again.  (Opens fridge.)  Aha!

Heavy cream… the perfect compromise between ice cream and half & half.  (I love “aha” moments!)  After a gentle stir and a tentative sip, I deemed it creamy… dreamy… and much better than the traditional (vodka) versions I’ve tasted, in my opinion.

No trick — it was a treat!

The Tequila Dreamsicle

1 oz. Jose Cuervo Gold (or to taste…)

1 1/2 oz. freshly squeezed orange juice

1 1/2 oz. orange-infused simple syrup (recipe to follow)

1 1/2 oz. heavy cream

1 orange peel twist, for garnish

In a shaker over ice, combine Cuervo Gold, simple syrup, and orange juice; shake until combined.

Strain mixture into a chilled Margarita glass.

Stir in heavy cream until smooth.  Enjoy!

Orange Infused Simple Syrup

1/4 c. water

1/4 c. sugar

Orange peel (including pith) from 1/2 an orange

In a small saucepan, combine water and sugar; bring to a boil.

Reduce heat; add orange peel.

Simmer several minutes until orange essence is infused.

Remove from heat; cool mixture to room temp.

Remove orange peel before adding syrup to shaker.

Note:  These quantities make one drink.  Feel free to multiply. ;)

And now for the chocolate… actually, chocolate and orange!

Trick or Treat!!!

Wish I could take credit for this delectable dessert, but it’s a photo of the beautiful chocolate-orange cake that my son surprised me with when I was in the middle of care-taking in August.

Thoughtful young man that he is, he invited me to a “night off” from cooking, including picking out a dessert from a local bakery that he knew would tickle my fancy.  (It did!)  He also treated me to his signature burgers hot off the grill (a recipe I hope to share with you one day) and garden-fresh potatoes sauteed to golden goodness.

I love thoughtful treats, don’t you? xo

Wishing you a Happy Halloween.  Be safe and have fun!

Enjoying a lil’ dreaminess in moderation,

~ Kim

26 thoughts on “Orange & Chocolate Treats for Halloween

  1. Dear Kimby,

    These cocktails look enticing and yes, chocolate do qualify as a colour and flavour. Your question reminded me of a cooking term that you used previously that was so hilarious and got everyone in stitches. Just can’t remember what it was :(

  2. Kimby! You totally know I LOVE dreamsicles, and to add chocolate to it, another of my life vices, then you mays well put a blanket over me and just give it to me in a bottle as in baby bottle! It’s such a shame that we’re not neighbors…we’d be dangerous! xox

  3. OOh!! that looks absolutely Sexy!! That’s the only word which came to my mind when I saw these glasses!! You rock Kimby!! :)

    • Sue Ann, my son is a sweetheart — and a great cook! Thanks for the “hug” (in words!) I don’t think I’ll ever be able to follow a meal with an ice cream drink again, but yup, back in the day… :)

    • Thank you Zen and Genki! I don’t make mixed drinks very often (and obviously one ounce at a time when I do, ha!) — actually, I got the tequila for a fabulous chicken marinade!

  4. Hi Kimby! Thank you for G+ comment earlier and now I could recognize it was you from the beautiful header photo! :)
    I don’t drink much, but I love citrus flavor and sweet drink in general (extension of juice? lol). Your son seems like a wonderful man. Hope my son will grown up to be a gentleman like yours. :D

    • Nami, hello! Sorry for all the confusion — glad we found each other at last! I’ve been trying to establish some consistency between my blog, FB, G+ etc. & discovered you’re not the only one wondering who I was. Yikes! So tickled to “see” you again — thanks for stopping in!

  5. Awesome treat for Halloween! Anything with ice-cream or cream works well with me. I’m sure the cream works wonder on this drink. Your son is a real angel. Would be nice for us to have a drink together :)

  6. You have certainly bred a wonderful son. I remember going to restaurants when I was very young and they always had a cocktail bar and you’d sit up at the bar before going to your table and order cocktails in every colour of the rainbow. It’s amazing how times change. I think a lot of these cocktail bars went out of business when random breath-testing was introduced! xx

    • Ah, Charlie — rainbow drinks and random breath tests — the end of an era, lol. Also, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention my lovely, feisty, thoughtful daughter in response to everyone’s accolades about my son. Both of my children are a blessing and the only credit I can take is for loving them silly and encouraging them to spread their wings!

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