Monkey Around with an Irresistible Orange Cream Dream Cocktail

Photo Courtesy of Monkey Shoulder
When I’m not longer rapping, I want to open up an ice cream parlor and call myself Scoop Dogg. ~ Snoop Dogg

Get that monkey off your back with a boozy, adult version of the creamsicle and try this recipe for an Orange Cream Dream. Where else can you combine the dreamy vanilla and citrus flavors of a creamsicle with a blended single malt Scotch?

Ice cream fans will love this drink because it’s made with cult-like CTC vanilla ice cream (short for Cow Tipping Creamery) and whisky lovers can cut loose and express their inner child.

Just do yourself a favor and don’t skimp on the quality of the ice cream if you can’t find CTC. It’s worth it to use a premium substitute (consider Jeni’s Ndali Estate Vanilla or one of your faves); otherwise, the drink will just be ho-hum.

Now to the booze. There are tons of cocktails made with whisky and plenty of snobs who can prattle on about the singularity of Scotch. However, this drink is about fun so we’ll keep the geek speak to a minimum. Just rest assured that starting your personal Scotch explorations with a blended single malt like Monkey Shoulder Blended Malt Whisky is a good idea.

It’s a smooth blend of three different Speyside single malts (one of my preferred regions), has a soft, pleasing palate, is kissed with enough sweetness to make it easy drinking, and is just as much fun to drink straight up as it is in a cocktail.



1.5 parts Monkey Shoulder Blended Malt Whisky

6 parts Dublin Orange Dream Soda (a killer cane sugar, artisanal soda from a bottler in Texas)or other premium orange soda

Generous scoop or a swirl of CTC vanilla ice cream

Slice of orange peel for garnish


  1. In a tall pint glass, place a generous scoop of CTC vanilla ice cream
  2. Fill glass 3/4 of the way with the orange soda
  3. Top off with the Monkey Shoulder Blended Malt Scotch Whisky
  4. Garnish with orange peel

Makes one serving