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Homemade Orange Julius Recipe

This delicious recipe is a copycat of the famous Orange Julius from  It has that same sweet vanilla orange flavor. 
Side by side Orange Julius drinks with orange slices.

Sipping on an Orange Julius probably has a special place in many people’s hearts. However, finding the frozen drink is a little more difficult now than it was a few years ago. If you have been craving a sip of that sweet orange treat, you are going to love this homemade Orange Julius recipe. This simple orange beverage is made with frozen orange juice and vanilla extract. One taste of this creamy frozen drink will may back fond memories from trips to the mall during your childhood.

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What is an Orange Julius?

Since this drink isn’t as popular as it used to be, you may be wondering what an Orange Julius is. The frozen drink was created in Los Angeles in the 1920s by an orange juice stand owner. Over the years, the brand grew in popularity, popping up in malls across America. When the popularity of the brand died down, Dairy Queen purchased the recipe. The ice cream brand still offers Orange Julius at select locations and has opened up a few Orange Julius shops around the country, but finding the signature orange drink has become more and more difficult over the years.

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Side by side Orange Julius drinks with orange slices.

What Do I Need to a Homemade Orange Julius?

This delicious recipe is a copycat of the famous Orange Julius and features a delicious sweet vanilla orange flavor. Combining these simple ingredients results in a thick and creamy drink that will take you back to your last trip to the mall. To make your own homemade drink, you will need:

  • Milk
  • Concentrated frozen orange juice
  • Vanilla extract
  • Raw cane sugar
  • Ice cubes
  • Water

Overhead view of Ingredients for Homemade Orange Julius Recipe

How Do I Make a Homemade Orange Julius?

If you have been craving this classic 80’s treat, you are going to be so excited to learn how to prepare your own frozen orange drink.  Making an Orange Julius at home couldn’t be easier with this simple recipe. In fact, you just need to take two quick steps to blend up your own homemade orange treat.

Step One: Blend the Ingredients

Add the milk, frozen orange juice, vanilla extract, sugar, ice cubes, and water into the pitcher of your blender. Blend or pulse the ingredients on high speed until all ingredients are thoroughly combined.

Head on shot of blender.

Step Two: Pour and Serve

Pour your frozen drink into two glasses and enjoy your homemade Orange Julius.

Pouring orange drink into a tall glass with an orange slice garnish on the rim.

Recipe Substitutions

With just six ingredients and two steps, this recipe is so simple to make, which means you can easily adjust it, if needed. Try these recipe ideas and substitutions as you’re making your Orange Julius recipe:

  • Add some yogurt: If you find that your frozen drink isn’t thick and creamy enough for your taste, try adding some yogurt. Plain traditional or Greek yogurt is a great way to add some thickness to the drink without sacrificing the flavor.
  • Use white sugar: While raw cane sugar provides a unique flavor to your drink, you can substitute white sugar in this recipe if that’s all you have on hand. Simply substitute the same amount of white sugar as cane sugar listed in the recipe.
  • Make it dairy-free: Try making a dairy free Orange Julius by substituting dairy free milk, like soy or almond milk, in your recipe instead of traditional milk. You can use the same amount of dairy free milk as traditional milk in your Orange Julius recipe.
  • Use frozen orange juice: If you don’t have frozen orange juice concentrate on hand, try freezing your orange juice to make the recipe. Pour some fresh orange juice into an ice cube tray and allow it to freeze solid. Add the ice cubes to your blender with the rest of the ingredients to create a similar texture in your drink.
  • Try different flavors: While orange is the classic flavor of this drink, the recipe works with other frozen concentrates. Try using frozen lemonade, grape juice, limeade, pineapple juice, fruit punch, or pink lemonade instead of frozen orange juice to create some unique drinks with this recipe.
  • Dress it up with garnishes: Make your drink look amazing with the help of some fun garnishes. One of the best ways to garnish this simple frozen drink is with an orange. Grate some orange zest over the top of the drink to add to the orange flavor or place an orange slice on the side of the glass to decorate your cup.

Overhead view of Orange Julius.

How Do I Make an Original Orange Julius?

While this simple blended drink tastes just like an original Orange Julius, you may notice it’s missing one key element – the frothy consistency. That’s because the original recipe was made with raw egg whites. The recipe used now features powdered egg whites to give it a frothier consistency, but that ingredient is often hard to come by and doesn’t add to the flavor of frozen drink. If you want to give this method a try, add one egg white or one tablespoon of egg white powder to the blender with the rest of the ingredients. Blend until smooth and frothy and enjoy.

Head on shot of Orange Julius in a glass with orange slice garnish.

Side by side Orange Julius drinks with orange slices.

Homemade Orange Julius Recipe

This delicious recipe is a copycat of the famous Orange Julius from  It has that same sweet vanilla orange flavor. 
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Homemade Orange Julius
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 436kcal


  • 1 ¼ Cup whole milk
  • 6 Ounces orange juice concentrate frozen
  • 2.5 Teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ Cup raw cane sugar
  • 1 Cup ice cubes
  • 1 Cup water


  • Place milk, orange juice concentrate, vanilla extract, sugar, ice cubes and water in a blender.
  • Blend or pulse on high speed for 30-60 seconds.
  • Pour into two glasses and serve ice cold.


Calories: 436kcal | Carbohydrates: 90g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 75mg | Potassium: 783mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 90g | Vitamin A: 569IU | Vitamin C: 117mg | Calcium: 204mg | Iron: 1mg
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