Copycat Orange Julius

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Published: 10/16/2020 | Updated: 01/17/2024

A homemade Orange Julius that tastes just like the popular restaurant drink! It comes together in just a few minutes and is so refreshing!

2 mugs of Copycat Orange Julius with paper straws and an orange off to the side

If there’s a food that takes me straight back to my childhood, an Orange Julius has got to be top of the list!

I can just picture going to a mall by our house where there was an Orange Julius stand at the food court and begging my mom to buy us one. If she caved, that usually meant she’d by one for all 6 of us to share!

But it was still such a sweet treat to taste that refreshing orange taste that was somewhere between a slushie and a drink.

Growing up and realizing I could make them for myself was liking discovering childhood again! I try not to make them too often so it still feels like a special treat, but when I do… it never disappoints especially in hot summer days!!

What is an Orange Julius?

Orange Julius was a chain when I was growing up until Dairy Queen bought it in the late 80’s. There signature drink was, you guessed it, an orange julius!

It’s a weird mix between a smoothie and not quite a milkshake. It’s sweet and feels more like an indulgent dessert. It’s really hard to describe but it’s kind of like a frothy orange creamsicle in liquid form.

All I know is that it is a delicious and refreshing drink, and I’ll take any copycat version of it I can get my hands on!

2 mugs of Copycat Orange Julius with paper straws and an orange off to the side

Homemade Orange Julius Recipe

The base of the recipe is the frozen orange juice concentrate. You can’t start with orange juice or you won’t get that same frothy consistency.

It has to be the frozen orange juice concentrate that you can find in your grocer’s freezer section.

can of orange juice concentrate

In a large blender, add the following:

  • orange juice concentrate
  • ice
  • milk
  • water
  • sugar
  • vanilla extract

Once you have everything added, pule for about 30 seconds until smooth. Then pour into glasses and enjoy immediately!

This will separate as it sits (even if you refrigerate it), so it’s best not to make it ahead of time. And I don’t know how you’d resist drinking it right away anyways! It’s so good!

overhead shot of Copycat Orange Julius in a mason jar

2 mugs of Copycat Orange Julius with paper straws and an orange off to the side

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Copycat Orange Julius

A homemade Orange Julius that tastes just like the popular restaurant drink! It comes together in just a few minutes and is so refreshing!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time0 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: copycat orange julius
Servings: 2
Calories: 298kcal
Author: The Endless Appetite

Ingredients

  • 6 oz Frozen Orange Juice Concentrate
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 1/3 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1.5 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 1.5 cups Ice Cubes

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients to a blender and pulse for about 30-45 seconds until ice is crushed and it's well blended.
  • Pour into glasses and enjoy!

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