The traditional creamsicle recipe was created by the National Dairy Council in the 1970s to promote drinking more milk. The powdered mix was sold to ice cream shops and grocery stores, but it never became popular.
The drink consists of vodka, orange juice, vanilla ice cream, and heavy cream or half-and-half. It is usually served with an orange slice for garnish. Creme de menthe can be used as a substitute for vanilla ice cream if desired. It is a sweet creamy cocktail that can be served as a shot or a float made with orange soda and ice cream.