You’ll enjoy this Orange Julius copycat recipe for the famous cold, creamy, frothy orange drink! EASY and quick to make smoothie, with only a few ingredients!
When I was growing up, a treat my parents would buy for us occasionally was an Orange Julius, at the local mall. Did you ever have these cold drinks while growing up?
I loved this ice cold, thick, frothy orange drink… it was a great “smoothie” way back before smoothies became the rage! This Orange Julius (copycat) version I found online comes pretty close in taste to the original, and makes 4 generous servings!
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The History Behind Orange Julius
I discovered from searching it’s history that the original Orange Julius drink was created by a small business owner named Julius Freed in 1926. He opened an orange juice stand in Los Angeles, California.
A friend of his (who happened to be a chemist) suggested a way to make the orange juice more frothy and thick, and once Mr. Freed began making drinks that way, sales at his little “juice bar” skyrocketed. The rest is history!
What Exactly IS An Orange Julius Made With?
This recipe uses orange juice and low-fat milk as the base for this creamy beverage, so it is low in calories. The orange juice and milk are easily mixed with a few other simple ingredients (including ice) in a blender for an easy and quick, frothy and refreshing cold beverage.
There are many copycat versions online for Orange Julius drinks. Apparently the original recipe for the powdered thickening compound is still a secret to this day. Many published recipes use egg products (raw, pasteurized or egg substitute) to make this drink. This particular recipe for an orange julius uses no egg products at all, but is delicious, just the same!
Other Smoothie Recipes
If you enjoy cold smoothies like this orange julius, you might also want to check out my other smoothie recipes! All of my recipes can be found in the Recipe Index, located at the top of the page.
A few favorites (all pictured below) are:
- PeachBerry Smoothie
- Blueberry, Banana and Kale Smoothie
- Raspberry Yogurt Smoothie
- Triple Berry Banana Smoothie
- Super Creamy Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie
- Strawberry Smoothie
I love smoothies ANY TIME of the year, but especially during the long HOT summer months! I hope you will give this Orange Julius recipe (or any of the others mentioned) a try! I think you will LOVE it!
The recipe (as written) makes approximately 4, eight ounce Orange Julius servings. This drink is perfect for a breakfast or anytime “treat” for you and your family or friends! Hope you enjoy this cold, citrus flavored smoothie. It’s so easy to make, and tastes so delicious!
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Recipe Source: http://www.lynnskitchenadventures.com/2010/06/copycat-orange-julius.html
- 2 cups orange juice fresh squeezed (or commercial)
- 1 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1 1/2 cups ice cubes
- Place all ingredients in blender and blend on high until all ingredients are fully incorporated and mixture is smooth, thick and frothy!
Pour yourself a glass, garnish with a thin orange slice, if desired... and enjoy!
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