Orange Julius

Orange Julius

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Orange Julius is a recipe that brings back memories from my childhood. I remember making this icy beverage when I was a girl. So sweet and milky. And cold. A wonderful diversion on a hot summer day.  

Serving Orange Julius

I’m sure you’ve seen or even purchased one of these drinks at your mall deli or even at a state fair. But you can make your own. I’ve been making these since I was a teenager. My mom and brothers always loved them.

Now I make them for our daughters and grandkids, who also love it. I like mixing it up in the spring or summer when it gets hot outside and everyone just needs something cool and refreshing. It also makes a delightful addition to a tea party. Or brunch. And it’s so easy to make.

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This recipe uses simple ingredients that all kitchens should have. Of course, you’ll need a blender. You could also use a hand immersion blender. Either will work, as long as they have a motor strong enough to handle crushing the ice cubes. 


Ingredients Needed to Make Orange Julius

  • large ice cubes
  • whole milk
  • granulated sugar
  • cold water
  • vanilla extract
  • frozen orange juice concentrate


Instructions for Making This Recipe

Ingredients for this Recipe

Gather your ingredients so that you have everything close at hand on the table or counter. Combine large ice cubes, whole milk, granulated sugar, cold water, vanilla extract, and frozen orange juice concentrate in a blender.

I use regular ice cubes for this. About 10 of them. These equates to about 2 cups worth.

Mix until the ice is crushed for 20-40 seconds, depending on the power of your machine.

Blending the Icy Beverage in my KitchenAid Blender

I like to use my KitchenAid blender for this as it is super tough on ice. 

I adore my new KitchenAid K400 Blender. It does an awesome job of crushing ice and mixing everything together into a smooth, icy drink.

Serving Orange Julius with a Straw

Pour the icy beverage into a set of glass mugs or cups and insert a straw for fun. This recipe will make 4 servings. 

Make a batch of Orange Julius this summer for your family. Treat your kids (and yourself) to this delicious icy beverage. It’s the perfect addition to an outdoor tea party, mid-morning brunch, or just because it’s the fun thing to do! 

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Recipe for Orange Julius

Orange Julius

Here's a recipe that brings back memories from my childhood. Treat your kids (and yourself) to this delicious icy beverage.
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cooking with Kids, Icy Beverages, Orange Juice, Summer Food
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4


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  • 10 whole ice cubes
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 oz frozen orange juice


  • Combine all ingredients in a blender. Cover and mix until ice is crushed.
  • I like using my KitchenAid blender for this as it is super tough on ice.
  • Serve in cute glass mugs or cups. Serves 4.


Calories: 155kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 30mg | Potassium: 366mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 257IU | Vitamin C: 59mg | Calcium: 83mg | Iron: 1mg
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