This 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!
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!
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.
Classic Orange Julius
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.
Want a different flavor? Add some pineapple juice or fresh strawberries.
Barbara absolutely loves her Ninja Professional Blender and uses it all the time, including to make this summer drink.
How to Make an Orange Julius Drink in the Blender
In a blender or food processor, combine all ingredients and blend for approximately 30 seconds or until smooth. The original recipe calls for a half cup of sugar but we use a quarter cup and adjust to our preferred level of sweetness.
This Classic Orange Julius is a cold, sweet drink for a hot summer day.
- 1 6 oz. can frozen orange juice*
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup water
- ¼- ½ cup sugar
- ½ - 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 10-12 ice cubes
- 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 all ingredients and blend for approximately 30 seconds.
*Frozen cans of orange juice are 12 ounces. Take a sharp knife, and cut through the middle of the frozen juice. Throw the other half back in the freezer to use at a later time.
**We use ¼ cup sugar when we make these.
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