When the mercury rises, one of the drinks I crave is an Orange Julius; the nostalgic concoction reminds me of Summers past as a mallrat, wandering the food court of the King of Prussia Mall with my schoolmates.
So I couldn't resist trying a dessert drink described as a "grown-up Orange Julius." This version, named after Latin band leader Tito Puente, is spiked with amber rum and made sweeter with condensed milk. Flecked with bits of ice, it's rich yet refreshing — and almost makes me wish I were back in school again. To make the cocktail, read on.
1 lime wedge Makes 1 cocktail.
1/4 cup fresh orange juice
2 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk, at room temperature
1/8 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/4 cup amber rum, preferably Brugal Anejo Dominican Rum
1 lime wedge
Makes 1 cocktail.