Orange Julius Recipe

Orange Julius

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Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 5 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Yield: 1 drink
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
388 Calories
9g Fat
70g Carbs
6g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 388
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 11%
Saturated Fat 5g 27%
Cholesterol 34mg 11%
Sodium 89mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 70g 25%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 64g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 125mg 623%
Calcium 189mg 15%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 720mg 15%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

The Orange Julius is one of the most iconic non-alcoholic beverages of yesteryear. Many remember going to the mall in younger days to get this drink from the Orange Julius in the food court. Made with, you guessed it, orange juice, this beverage also featured in its original recipe milk, ice, vanilla, sugar, and a raw egg as an add-on for those in search of extra protein. For our take, we used orange juice, milk, vanilla ice cream, sugar, vanilla extract, and ice. This is a delicious frozen drink that, yes, is sure to chill you down on the hottest days of the year, but will also make you reminisce with family and friends over memories from back in the day. Our recipe makes one drink but it's as simple as doubling or tripling the ingredients to serve more.

More than a smoothie but not so dense as to be considered a shake, the Orange Julius sits in between and makes a fabulous summer mocktail for kids and for adults who abstain from drinking alcohol. Our take on this classic has ice cream to add creaminess and sweetness. Despite the ice cream, the beverage is still very refreshing and not overly sweet. You can mix it first without sugar, taste test, and add sugar if you feel it still needs a touch of sweetness.

This is a dairy-based recipe, but it can easily be adapted to other diets with a few easy swaps. Use vegan ice cream instead of dairy ice cream, or replace it altogether with one frozen banana per person. Use plant-based milk instead of regular milk—almond, oat, cashew or hazelnut milks all work well—and go for the unsweetened kind if possible, adding sugar to taste. No matter the ingredients you choose, make the Orange Julius to order as the ice cream and ice might melt, making the beverage watery. Serve in a tall glass and decorate with an orange slice or fun umbrella. The drink makes a tasty addition to brunch spreads and is a fun beverage to offer at baby showers or other gatherings where alcohol isn't the main idea.


  • 1 cup orange juice

  • 1/4 cup milk

  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar

  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • 1 scoop vanilla ice cream

  • 1/2 cup crushed ice

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a blender, add the orange juice, milk, sugar, vanilla extract, ice cream, and crushed ice.

  3. Blend until smooth.

  4. Pour into a chilled hurricane glass.

  5. Serve and enjoy.


  • If the mix is too thick, add more juice or water. If it’s too thin, add more ice or ice cream.
  • You can also use 1/2 cup of orange juice concentrate.