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Orange Julius

Make this copycat version of the classic Orange Julius beverage at home. Just a few ingredients and a blender, you’ll love the taste!

Orange Julius 

I’ll admit it, I was a big-haired, mall-hanging girl of the ’80s. Not quite the stereotypical image portrayed in TV and movies, but the sky-high hair was in full effect, I’ll spare you the pics. As for the mall, it was the place to be plain and simple.

Back in the day when hanging out at the mall was an acceptable way to spend your teenage time, a visit to the good old food court usually occurred. The usual suspects back then included a mediocre pizza place, some type of stir-fry, a pretzel stand, and of course the Orange Julius location. 

I know you’ve probably enjoyed an Orange Julius or two or three, but if you haven’t let me help you understand why they’re so memorable and delicious. Plus as you’ve probably gathered, bonus they are totally easy to make at home which is great because the last time I stepped foot into a mall was a good 5 years ago.

What is an Orange Julius?

Basically, a blended orange drink concoction with origins dating back to the mid-1920s in sunny California. 

What’s the story behind the name?

Great question. Julius Freed is the founder who originally opened up an orange juice stand. After perfecting his creation, people would line up with this request, “Give me an orange, Julius!”.  The name stuck, making it a classic. 

 

Fun fact:

Good thing the official name of Orange Julius rolls off the tongue easily, because the word orange is a rather challenging word to rhyme. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the only word that perfectly rhymes with “orange” is sporange,” an uncommon botanical term for a part of a fern and a rather unappealing name to add to a drink. 

Today I’m sharing this classic drink recipe that you can make in your kitchen for an occasion. Within a matter of minutes, you’ll be enjoying an Orange Julius any time of the day without stepping foot out of your house. 

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What ingredients do you need to make an Orange Julius?

  • Milk
  • Orange juice, frozen concentrate
  • Vanilla extract
  • Raw cane sugar
  • Ice
  • Water

Some tips for making this drink:

  • Add vanilla yogurt to achieve a thicker texture.
  • Substitute any form of sweetener you prefer.
  • Substitute any form of milk or non-dairy alternative you prefer.
  • Please note: the original version contains egg whites, this version skips that ingredient for a variety of reasons.

Simple steps for making this recipe:

Place all of the ingredients in a high-speed blender.

Blend or pulse at high speed for approximately 30-60 seconds.

Pour into glasses and serve. Garnish if desired with cut orange slices.

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Yield: 2 servings

Orange Julius

Orange Julius

Make this copycat version of the classic Orange Julius beverage at home. Just a few ingredients and a blender, you'll love the taste!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cup milk
  • 6 ounces frozen orange juice concentrate
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup raw cane sugar
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • 1 cup water

Instructions

  1. Place all of the ingredients in a high-speed blender.
  2. Blend or pulse at high speed for approximately 30-60 seconds.
  3. Pour into glasses and serve. Garnish if desired with cut orange slices.

Notes

Add vanilla yogurt to achieve a thicker texture.

Substitute any form of sweetener you prefer.

Substitute any form of milk or non-dairy alternative you prefer.

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