This Orange Julius Recipe Will Bring Back All Those Delicious Childhood Memories

Healthy hydration is important all year round, but especially so when the heat waves hit. Of course, the best option is old fashioned H2O, but sometimes, you might want something a little, well, sweeter. Smoothies are certainly an option but what about an Orange Julius? If you’ve never heard of this delicious drink before, it should definitely be a drink for your summer menu. And if you’re wondering what goes into this drink, this Orange Julius recipe will hit all the right notes.

Orange Julius beverage stores were more popular back in the 80s, when long lines formed for this frothy drink. According to the official site, Orange Julius is quickly coming up on its 100th birthday. Back in 1926, two friends, Bill Hamlin and Julius Freed came up with the concoction. Freed had been selling oranges, but sales were slow. Hamlin enjoyed the fruit, too, but found them too acidic. He added some ingredients, and voila, the Orange Julius was born.

If you’re waxing nostalgic for an Orange Julius, you won’t have to wait too long. Break out your blender, grab a few ingredients, and soon, you’ll be sipping on amazing memories.

Orange Julius

Prep Time 5 minutes
Course Drinks, summer
Servings 4


  • 6 oz. frozen juice concentrate
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup granulated or confectioner's sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 10-12 ice cubes


  • Combine all ingredients except the ice cubes in a blender. 
  • Blend until smooth.
  • Add the ice cubes two at a time until it reaches the desired consistency. 
  • Serve and enjoy immediately.
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