Hi there! I'm having a busy week, so I thought I'd share the quickest recipe I have ever come up with. The active time is so short, it sometimes takes me more time to find the vanilla than to make the recipe. It's also pretty forgiving: if you add too much vanilla, just make up for it with more orange juice, and vice versa. The vanilla gives the orange juice a distinct creaminess, and turns it into a dessert without adding any extra sweeteners. I know it sounds crazy, but I promise you'll love it!
A couple summers ago, my mom decided to start making her own yogurt, then her own Kefir. Looking for different recipes, we checked a couple books on micro brewing out from the library, and one of them had a section on how to make your own soda using Dry Champagne Yeast, which made it fizzy, but was brewed for a short enough time that, as my mom said, "you'd be puking from the sugar before you felt the affects of the alcohol." That summer, we made all kinds of things: sparkling lemonade, ginger ale, orange cream soda, and even an attempt at homemade root beer.
Most of the recipes were what I would have expected, but the orange cream soda didn't have any cream in it. Instead, the creaminess was from vanilla. After the summer was over, we didn't have time to continue making the soda, but soon, I found that I wanted to spice up my orange juice. Remembering the orange cream soda, I wondered how it would be without the fizz. Turns out, I didn't miss it at all!
Creamy Vanilla Orange Juice
Active Time: less than 1 minute Inactive Time: 0 minutes Total Time: Less than 1 minute
About 1 spoonful of vanilla (adjust to taste)
About 1 cup of orange juice (or, however much OJ you want, and adjust the vanilla)
Put the vanilla in the orange juice. Stir to combine.