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This Orange Julius recipe is an easy copycat drink to make at home. It is a healthy and refreshing drink that's so simple to make using ingredients already found in your kitchen!

(Last Updated On: July 21, 2022)

There are only six ingredients in this classic Orange Julius recipe, and it only takes a couple of minutes, at most, to make it. Before you know it, you’ll be drinking a delicious orange drink smoothie.

Just throw some ice cubes in the blender, then add frozen orange juice concentrate, milk, vanilla extract, sugar, and cold water. Then blend it all up. What a treat it is! Also, orange juice is high in Vitamin C too.

🍹 What’s an Orange Julius Taste Like?

As for me, I think this Orange Julius recipe tastes in comparison to a cream sickle or similar to orange Sherbert ice cream. Creamy like a smoothie with lots of orangey taste, and with crushed-up ice in the mix, it’s super cold and oh so delicious!

Orange Julius recipe in cups with a straw.

Note: This recipe isn’t from the original Orange Julius chain stores, but it a copycat Orange Julius recipe that tastes really similar and it’s just as good.

🍊 Key Ingredients for this Orange Julius Recipe

This Orange Julius recipe is made with very simple ingredients usually already found in your kitchen and requires very little prep time.

  • 2 cups of ice cubes
  • One 12 oz. can of frozen orange juice concentrate
  • 2 cups of milk (your preference – 2% or whole milk is okay, but will make it creamier)
  • 2 cups of very cold water
  • 1/2 cup of granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
Ingredients for an Orange Julius recipe.
Ingredients for Orange Julius.

🥄How to Make this Orange Julius Recipe (Step-By-Step Instructions with Detailed Photos)

1. Ice Cubes

Get your blender out and put 2 cups of ice cubes in it, but don’t hit the blend button just yet because we still have some more yummy ingredients to add to it.

Two cups of ice cubes in a blender.
Two cups of ice cubes in a blender.

2. Frozen Orange Juice Concentrate

Add one 12 oz. can of frozen concentrate orange juice together with the ice cubes that are already in the blender. And again, don’t hit the blend button yet, there are still more yummies to add.

Twelve ounces of frozen orange juice were added to ice cubes in the blender.
Twelve ounces of frozen orange juice are added to the ice cubes in the blender.

3. Milk, Cold Water, Sugar, and Vanilla Extract

Put 2 cups of milk, 2 cups of cold water (very cold water is best), 1/2 cup of sugar, and 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract all together with the frozen orange juice and ice cubes. Now you can hit the blend button. Blend the frozen orange juice mixture for about 30 seconds to 1 minute or until the ice cubes are crushed.

Milk, water, sugar, and vanilla extract are added to the frozen orange juice and ice cubes in the blender.
Milk, water, sugar, and vanilla extract are added to the frozen orange juice and ice cubes in the blender.

❓ FAQs for Orange Julius Recipe

Do They Still Have Orange Julius?

Malls and some free-standing stores still offer Original Orange Julius drinks. Use this location finder to find a store near you. Currently, Dairy Queen owns the Orange Julius chain and has owned it since 1987. Usually, in malls you can find a combo Orange Julius / Dairy Queen store in food courts.

Two tall glasses of Orange Julius.

💭 Final Thoughts

You can make an easy homemade Orange Julius drink practically any time you want to with all of the ingredients already in your kitchen. However, the only exception is if you don’t have any frozen orange juice concentrate. So, to avoid that dilemma, always keep some frozen concentrate orange juice in your freezer, and then you are good to go!

Orange Julius in a glass with a scoop of ice cream.

For an extra treat, top off your already delicious Orange Julius with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. I love Orange Julius with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top!

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Orange Julius Recipe (Copycat)

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This Orange Julius recipe is an easy copycat drink to make at home. It is a healthy and refreshing drink that's so simple to make using ingredients already found in your kitchen!
5 from 3 votes
Cost $4
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 1 min
Total Time 6 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Servings 5

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups ice cubes
  • 12 oz frozen concentrate orange juice
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups cold water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions
 

  • Put ice cubes in the blender.
  • Put the frozen orange juice in the blender.
  • Add the milk, water, sugar, and vanilla extract to the blender.
  • Push the blend button and blend for 30 seconds to 1 minute or until ice cubes are crushed.

Recipe Notes

  • Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream to the top of your Orange Julius.
  • To make a strawberry Julius, use the same ingredients, but change out the frozen orange juice concentrate for strawberry breeze frozen juice.
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