OK, I fooled you with mashed potato ice cream the other day, but this is the real thing.
A week or so ago, there was a story in the NYT food section about a couple of writers taking a challenge to put on a dinner for six (or was it eight?) for $50. I wasn't terribly interested in any of their solutions, except for this brilliant dessert.
Simplicity itself, it consists of three ingredients, no mixing, just plunk and eat. Do offer a straw with the spoon.
First, drop a scoop of vanilla ice cream in a glass. Come on, good vanilla ice cream. Mine wasn't homemade, but it was made less than a mile from my home with local cream.
Next, pour half a cup of tangerine juice over the ice cream. I was able to substitute orange juice, because the juice from my backyard oranges is mild and tender and honeyed. You don't want that piercing Sunkist taste.
Finally spritz sparkling water on top of it all. As much as you like, but don't be too generous.
I stirred and sipped; Cranky used his spoon and gobbled.
Either way, you are getting liquid Creamsicle.
(YES, we still have Thin Mints!)