California Central Coast Recipes

Country Cousin Orange Freeze

At my family's "Country Cousin" seasonal restaurant on the shores of Lake Michigan, we made a large variety of old fashion soda fountain drinks. One particularly popular and memorable drink was an Orange Freeze. Another version we made was a Country Cousin Lime Freeze. A freeze is like a milk shake, but rather than using ice cream and milk as a base, it is made with fruit sherbert and carbonated soda. On a hot day, in my mind at least, I think the freeze is both lighter and more refreshing than its milk based cousin.

Still to this day, people who remember the restaurant mention how much they loved those special sherbert freezes -and still think about them on hot days. Also, it is a great non-alcohol cocktail party drink for guest who are not drinking alcohol.

This recipe makes 1 large serving or two cocktail servings. ©2018, Country Cousin Orange Freeze
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time:
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3 scoops Orange sherbet
The juice from 1/2 Fresh Orange
1/2 to 3/4 jigger of Simple syrup -IF needed (NOT Karo syrup! Find this in places that stock bar ingredients.)
4 to 6 ounces Carbonated water (Substitute Club Soda)
1/4 .33] cup crushed ice
Slice of a fresh orange
Sprig of fresh Mint
1/8 cup Crushed ice

Freezes notes* If you're using a sweet sherbert in most cases you won't need the simple syrup.

At the Country Cousin right before adding the extra crushed ice on top we used a coarse stream of pressurized carbonated water to perk-up the volume a bit around the garnishes.(Mainly for looks.)

Preparation Directions.

1 Into a shake mixing cup or blender, add orange juice, simple syrup (if using), 1/2 cup crushed ice, and 3 scoops orange sherbet. Add approximately 5 ounces carbonated water.

2 Pulse the mixer and blend to disburse and distribute ingredients evenly, but still thick like a classic milk shake. Add a little extra carbonated water if the drink seems too thick.

3 Pour into a nice tall chilled glass. Add a little extra crushed ice on side and top with an orange slice and a cherry. Serve with a straw and a long-handled spoon.

Wine and Food Pairing and Serving Suggestions.

Serve by itself as a refreshing pick me up, or with any meal that would go well with orange juice.

A tip from Sue!

If rushed, prepare your ingredients in advance.

If you know youíll be rushed at cooking time, pre-measure out as many of the ingredients as you can, and arrange them by the cooking order of the recipe.

If itís going to be more than several minutes before you actually start making the dinner, be sure to cover the perishable ingredients with plastic wrap or place in containers and put them back in the refrigerator to hold until you are ready.