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Refreshing and simple to make, homemade Orange Julius is a blend of orange juice, milk, and vanilla ice cream. A family favorite, this creamy smoothie is the perfect combination of sweet and tart.
Creamy and full of flavor, Orange Julius is a favorite drink for breakfast, brunch, or an afternoon snack. With just 10 minutes of prep time, blend up a cool drink any time you’re in the mood for a refreshing treat.
Copycat Orange Julius is a blend of tangy orange juice and sweet vanilla ice cream. Blended together dreamy Orange Julius tastes like a creamsicle in a glass.
This citrusy drink is delicious with a stack of pancakes for breakfast or sipped slowly from a colorful straw. Serve this frothy frozen treat in a fun glass with a slice of orange on the side.
Orange Julius Ingredients
- Orange juice - can of frozen orange juice concentrate
- Sugar - granulated sugar
- Milk - whole milk
- Ice cream - vanilla ice cream
- Vanilla extract
- Ice cubes
The vanilla extract and vanilla ice cream work with the orange juice to create the signature orange creamsicle flavor. Using a high-quality blender will help to really blend everything into a smooth, creamy texture.
Vanilla ice cream and milk add a rich creaminess to the Orange Julius. However, you can omit the ice cream and replace it with an extra ½ cup of milk for a lighter drink. While the recipe calls for whole milk, 2% or skim milk will make it just as tasty.
Any leftovers can be frozen and then scooped into ice cream cones and enjoyed later. If you’d like your Orange Julius to be less creamy you can add more ice to dilute the mixture and make it icier.
How to Make Orange Julius
FIRST STEP: Blend together orange juice concentrate, sugar, milk, ice cream, vanilla, and ice cubes.
SECOND STEP: Pour into glasses and serve immediately.
Can I use fresh orange juice?
If you don’t have concentrated orange juice you can still make Orange Julius by freezing 12 ounces of fresh orange juice in an ice cube tray and using those instead. The juice does need to be frozen as simply adding plain orange juice won’t give you the icy texture you want for this drink.
Can I use 2% milk?
While this recipe uses whole milk, you can use 2% or skim milk will make it just as tasty.
Can I make it icier?
You can dilute the mixture, making it less creamy and icier, by adding more ice.
How to Store Orange Julius
IN THE FRIDGE: Orange Julius is best served immediately, but you can store this drink recipe in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a day
IN THE FREEZER: Any leftovers can be frozen and then scooped into ice cream cones.
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- 1 (12-ounce) can of frozen orange juice concentrate
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup whole milk
- 1 cup vanilla ice cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 cups of ice cubes
- Blend together orange juice concentrate, sugar, milk, ice cream, vanilla, and ice cubes.
- Pour into glasses and serve immediately.