Classic Orange Julius Recipe – A Copycat Recipe for Orange Julius

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Classic Orange Julius is an easy and kid-friendly smoothie recipe perfect for a hot, summer day. A drink made in the blender just screams FUN! This copycat recipe for Orange Julius is a blast from the past.

The only thing that might make this recipe better is using vanilla ice cream instead of milk. But then it wouldn’t be an Orange Julius, it would be an orange creamsicle milkshake! Oh, they both sound so delicious!

Classic Orange Julius Recipe

Our great-aunt Gertie shared this recipe in the Pot O’ Gold Cookbook from the St. Patrick Altar Society of Imogene, Iowa. She gave a copy of the cookbook to our grandparents on their 60th wedding anniversary. Barbara treasures this cookbook as a special reminder of our grandparents who are no longer with us.

The great thing about this recipe is that you can customize it to your taste. Is a half cup of sugar too sweet for you? Go with one-fourth cup instead.

Copycat Recipe for Orange Julius

Do remember Orange Julius from your childhood? I can still picture the little stand at the mall where they sold cold, frothy Orange Julius drinks.

Now, you can make your very own with this copycat orange Julius recipe.

One sip, and you’ll be right back to your childhood.

Ingredient List for Easy Orange Julius

What do I need to make Orange Julius?

Frozen Orange Juice Concentrate

Water

Milk

Sugar

Vanilla Extract

Ice Cubes

Classic Orange Julius is an easy and kid-friendly smoothie recipe perfect for a hot, summer day. A drink made in the blender just screams FUN!  This copycat recipe for Orange Julius is a blast from the past. 

Notes About Orange Julius Smoothie:

  • Want a different flavor? Add some pineapple juice or fresh strawberries.
  • Whole milk gives the thickest texture, but other types work too.
  • Add a  scoop of vanilla ice cream for extra creaminess.
  • This copycat Orange Julius uses a half of the typical size frozen OJ concentrate. Take a sharp knife, and cut through the cardboard.  Place the other half in a resealable bag, and place back in the freezer.
  • The original classic orange julius recipe calls for a half cup of sugar but we use a quarter cup and adjust to our preferred level of sweetness.  Use as much or as little as you prefer.
  • Barbara absolutely loves her Ninja Professional Blender and uses it all the time, including to make this summer drink.
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Classic Orange Julius is an easy and kid-friendly smoothie recipe perfect for a hot, summer day. A drink made in the blender just screams FUN!  This copycat recipe for Orange Julius is a blast from the past. 

How to Make an Orange Julius Drink in the Blender

For the full recipe and ingredients list for Orange Julius Smoothie, scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of this post. 

  1. In a blender or food processor, combine frozen orange juice concentrate, water, milk, vanilla extract, ice cubes and desired amount of sugar.
  2. Blend for approximately 30 seconds or until smooth.  Serve with a straw.

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Classic Orange Julius is an easy and kid-friendly smoothie recipe perfect for a hot, summer day. A drink made in the blender just screams FUN!  This copycat recipe for Orange Julius is a blast from the past. 
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Classic Orange Julius Recipe - A Copycat Recipe for Orange Julius

Classic Orange Julius is an easy and kid-friendly smoothie recipe perfect for a hot, summer day. A drink made in the blender just screams FUN!  This copycat recipe for Orange Julius is a blast from the past. 
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Dessert, Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: classic orange julius, copycat orange julius recipe, orange julius, orange julius smoothie
Servings: 4
Calories: 91kcal
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

  • 1 6 oz. can frozen orange juice* *half of a 12 oz container
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup water
  • ¼- ½ cup sugar
  • ½ - 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 10-12 ice cubes

Instructions

  • This is a recipe that can be customized to your taste, especially the amount of sugar you use.
  • In a blender or food processor, add frozen orange juice concentrate, water, milk, sugar, vanilla extract and ice cubes.
    Classic Orange Julius is an easy and kid-friendly smoothie recipe perfect for a hot, summer day. A drink made in the blender just screams FUN!  This copycat recipe for Orange Julius is a blast from the past. 
  • Blend for approximately 30 seconds or until smooth. Pour into a glass.
    Classic Orange Julius is an easy and kid-friendly smoothie recipe perfect for a hot, summer day. A drink made in the blender just screams FUN!  This copycat recipe for Orange Julius is a blast from the past. 
  • Serve with a straw on a hot summer day!
    Classic Orange Julius is an easy and kid-friendly smoothie recipe perfect for a hot, summer day. A drink made in the blender just screams FUN!  This copycat recipe for Orange Julius is a blast from the past. 

Notes

  • Want a different flavor? Add some pineapple juice or fresh strawberries.
  • Whole milk gives the thickest texture, but other types work too. 
  • Add a  scoop of vanilla ice cream for extra creaminess.
  • This copycat Orange Julius uses a half of the typical size frozen OJ concentrate.  Take a sharp knife, and cut through the cardboard.  Place the other half in a zip-lock baggie, and place back in the freezer. 
  • The original classic orange julius recipe calls for a half cup of sugar but we use a quarter cup and adjust to our preferred level of sweetness.  Use as much or as little as you prefer. 
  • We love using a Ninja Professional Blender to make this summer drink.
  • Looking for another cold drink? Try our Hard Blackberry Lemonade

Nutrition

Calories: 91kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 31mg | Potassium: 81mg | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 99IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 69mg

Classic Orange Julius is an easy and kid-friendly smoothie recipe perfect for a hot, summer day. A drink made in the blender just screams FUN!  This copycat recipe for Orange Julius is a blast from the past. 

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    1. Nadia – All of the ingredients are in the recipe card at the bottom of the post…Sorry you hate our site but the ingredients are indeed on the page! Have a great day.

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