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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.
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.
(Post modified with new photos on 7/27/22.)
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.
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
See full recipe in its entirety at the bottom of this post.
- large ice cubes
- whole milk
- granulated sugar
- cold water
- vanilla extract
- frozen orange juice concentrate
Instructions for Making 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. 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.
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!
- 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
- 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.
- Cover and mix until the ice is crushed for 20-40 seconds, depending on the power of your machine.
- Serve in cute glass mugs or cups. Serves 4.