Our copycat Orange Julius recipe is creamy, frothy, and healthy.  This drink is so easy to make with real fruit in a blender.  It's a great treat for kids or adults to enjoy at  breakfast or at your next party.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
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Copycat Orange Julius Recipe

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This recipe was originally published on November 22, 2017.

Craving something cold and citrusy?  You should try our copycat Orange Julius; it’s creamy, frothy, citrusy, and cold.  Our twist to this American classic beverage also has banana and lime thrown in for added flavor.

top view of two glasses of Orange Julius

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Where did the orange Julius drink come from?

Back in the mid 1920’s, a man named Julius Freed ran an orange juice stand in Orange County, California.  As the story goes, Freed’s real estate friend requested some changes to make the drink less acidic, so it would be easier on his stomach.  Freed made some changes to his drink, and he had an instant hit.  People were frequently shouting out, “Make mine an orange, Julius.”  when they placed their order, and the name stuck.

What is an Orange Julius drink?

The original Orange Julius is a blended drink that uses orange juice, milk, sugar, vanilla, egg whites, and ice to make a refreshing cold drink that is frothy, sweet, creamy and icy.  Our version leaves out the egg whites, so pregnant ladies and children can enjoy the drink too.

top view of two Orange Julius drinks with straws

What does an Orange Julius taste like?

If you like the retro Creamsicle, you’ll love an Orange Julius.  Our version is frothy, creamy, sweet, and citrusy.  The texture would be described as smooth, thick, and icy.

Are Orange Julius drinks healthy?

If you are in the market for a healthy Orange Julius, you’ll have to make it yourself because the ones you buy from Dairy Queen aren’t healthy. 

Let’s compare a small Orange Julius Original nutrition facts with our recipe.  The original small Orange Julius has 200 calories, 50g carbs, 48g sugar, and 1g of protein.  Our recipe has 135 calories, 29g carbs, 23.5g sugar, and 2.3g protein per 8 ounces.

two glasses of Orange Julius with lemon and lime slices

How many calories are in an Orange Julius drink?

Our recipe has 121 calories and 25.5g carbs per 6-ounce serving.  Since we added a fresh banana and lime, the fiber increased to .8g.  Kick up the protein levels by adding 100% unsweetened whey protein powder.  If you are interested in more nutritional information, scroll past our recipe card.

How long do Orange Julius’s keep?

If you have an leftovers, it’s best to keep it covered and store it in the fridge.  Make sure to use it up within 24 hours for the best flavor.  When ready to use, pour it back in the blender and run it for a few seconds to froth it back up.

Can you make an Orange Julius with fresh orange juice?

Yes, you can make it with fresh orange juice instead of using frozen concentrated orange juice; just omit the water.  If you want the same texture, freeze the orange juice in ice cube trays, then blend the ingredients together.  Using fresh orange juice will also lower the sugar content, making the drink less sweet.

If you’re not concerned about the texture being just right, you can also use fresh peeled oranges for the juice.

person doing a toast with a glass of Orange Julius

Can you freeze an Orange Julius?

If you have leftovers, you can pour it into a shallow container that is freezer friendly and seal it with an airtight lid.  Once frozen, just scrape it out of the container with a metal spoon to have your Orange Julius slushie.

If you want to make your own retro creamsicles, just pour any leftovers into popsicle molds and let them set in the freezer.  When ready to use, run the popsicle under hot water to release it from the mold.

What are some Orange Julius variations?

  • Strawberry Banana: use two handfuls of fresh or frozen strawberries and one banana.
  • Mango Pineapple: use 1/2 cup frozen mango chunks and 1/2 cup frozen pineapple chunks, 1/4 cup passion fruit juice, and add 1/4 cup Greek yogurt.
  • Triple Berry: use 1 cup of mixed frozen berries and 1/4 cup of berry yogurt. 

How to Make Orange Julius

Gather all your ingredients.  Measure out the sugar, vanilla, whole milk, frozen orange concentrate and crushed ice.  Peel the lime and the banana.

ingredients for Orange Julius drink

Start with adding the frozen orange concentrate to the blender then pour in the whole milk.

pouring milk into a blender

Sprinkle on the white sugar.

sprinkling sugar into a blender

Pour in the vanilla extract.

adding vanilla extract to blender

Add the fresh or frozen chopped banana pieces.

adding banana slices to blender

Add the peeled and and chopped fresh lime pieces, add 1 cup of filtered water (or less if you want it thicker) then top with 1 cup of crushed ice.  Put the lid on the blender and blend until the desired consistency.

adding lime wedges to a blender

To decorate the rims of the glasses, dip the rims first in a bowl of water then in a bowl of white sugar.

person dipping the rim of a glass into sugar

For your garnishes, thinly slice a lemon and lime to make the lime and lemon wheels.  Cut small slits into the lemon and lime wheels so they sit nicely on the rim of the glass.

orange and lime slices on a wooden cutting board

When ready to serve, carefully pour the Orange Julius into the sugar rimmed glass.

pouring Orange Julius into a glass

Add one lemon and lime wheel to each glass along with two paper straws.  Enjoy it while it’s still frothy and icy cold. 

putting a lime slice on the rim of a glass

Pro Tips

  • Want a different garnish?  Try a small orange section, or an orange slice on the rim.
  • Don’t like a lot of ice?  Use frozen bananas to lower the amount of ice needed.
  • Need this to be dairy free?  Replace the whole milk with coconut milk for a tropical twist.
  • Want more protein?  Add 100% unsweetened whey protein isolate or add egg whites from one egg.
  • Want a different sweetener?  Try honey, agave, maple syrup, or powdered sugar.
  • Want to add more probiotics?  Omit the whole milk and add 1 cup of Greek yogurt.
  • Want to use whole oranges?  Omit the frozen orange concentrate and use 4 peeled oranges.
  • Want your drink to be thicker?  Add additional frozen fruit, such as bananas, or strawberries and add less water.
  • Want to make this ahead?  Blend everything except the ice.  Cover and place in the fridge.  When ready to use add the crushed ice and blend. 

person holding a glass of Orange Julius

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Copycat Orange Julius Recipe


  • Author: Brooke
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1/2 cups 1x

Description

Our copycat Orange Julius recipe is creamy, frothy, and healthy.  This drink is so easy to make with real fruit in a blender.  It’s a great treat for kids or adults to enjoy at  breakfast or at your next party.


Scale

Ingredients

For the Orange Julius

  • 6 fluid ounces frozen concentrated orange juice (177 ml)
  • 1 cup whole milk (240 ml)
  • 1 cup filtered water (240 ml)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar (25g)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla (10 ml)
  • 1 banana, peeled
  • 1 lime, peeled and quartered
  • 1 cup crushed ice

For the Garnish

  • Half a lemon, sliced
  • Half a lime, sliced
  • 1/3 cup of sugar (for the rim)

Instructions

  1. Dump all the ingredients, except the ice, into a blender.  Blend until smooth.
  2. To make ahead, cover the blender jar at this stage with it’s lid and refrigerate.  Add the ice just before serving, then blend until smooth.
  3. To sugar the rim of the glass, dip the top of the glass in a small tray of water, then dip in a small bowl of white sugar.
  4. Garnish each drink with lemon and lime slices.  Serve immediately with a straw.

Notes

  • Make this recipe perfectly the first time.  Check out the step-by-step photos and pro tips before the recipe card.
  • The pleasure of a 5-star review for this Orange Julius recipe would be greatly appreciated.
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  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Blended
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: orange julius dairy queen, orange julius recipe

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2 thoughts on “Copycat Orange Julius Recipe

  1. I love the hint of lime zest and the creaminess of this drink. Oh boy! Just give me two glasses, please. 😊 The flavor of the orange is amazing!

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