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Orange Julius is a drink that used to appear in malls everywhere, now they are mostly available at Dairy Queen. I loved drinking this delightful, frothy drink. Dave Oberg graciously submitted this recipe.  One thing is for certain you don’t need to look for the Orange Julius recipe anymore.

I can remember going to malls with my Grandmother’s, and the highlight of these shopping trips was stopping by the food court and enjoying a treat from the mall. I always remember walking up to the Orange Julius store because lots of oranges were cut open, and the place looked beautiful. Then I can remember getting one of these frosty drinks and enjoying it completely. At home orange juice was never like this. It was special, and I loved getting one of these.  You can make one with this easy to prepare Orange Julius recipe.

Orange Julius

Orange Julius

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  • Recipe Type: Copycat Restaurant Recipes, CopyKat Recipes, Drink Recipes
  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 10 minutes
  • Serves: 4
Orange Julius

Orange Julius used to be a fixture in malls everywhere. You may not be able to run down to your local mall and order one. You can make one anytime now.


  • 2/3 cup orange juice concentrate
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 6 ice cubes (approx 1 1/2 cups ice)


Put all ingredients in a blender, cover and blend until smooth.

Hints: If you already have premixed orange juice, use 1 2/3 cups of that instead of the concentrate and water. If your ice cubes are from a tray, you may want to pre-crush them a bit because the ice blends better if it is not in large pieces.

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  • Suzian

    My son loved it. I did but back on the sugar though. Kids get so much of it these days.

  • G7

    It taste better with an extra cup of orange juice.

    • Stephanie Manley

      I will have to give this a try.

  • Sammie

    That seems like a lot of powered sugar, also I’m pretty sure they used raw eggs.

  • travhops

    Love it, substitute Splenda for sugar as diabetic. I also use bananas, strawberry, other fruits with same basic recipe.

  • Joe

    Good recipe! Relax people, if you want to drink an exact oranje julius rendition go to an orange julius store! I replaced the concentrate with 2 cups of actual juice, almond milk instead of regular and dates for sugar

    • stephaniemanley

      I hope you enjoyed the drink Joe.

  • Nancy

    This will bring back great memories of going to Orange Julius at the mall with my mom, who passed in 1991. Thank you so much.

    • stephaniemanley

      I love brining back memories!

  • Recipeaddict

    I worked an an orange Julius. This is nothing!!!!! Like it. Sorry. Powdered sugar? No way.

    • GeriGreene

      Then what should it be ~

  • Mary

    This is so good!!

    • Stephanie

      I loved these as a kid 😉 They aren’t around much anymore.

  • Rmisty87

    can i have some please

    • Stephanie


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  • JJ

    You don’t need to do all of that. Just blend chopped up FRESH pineapple and FRESH squeezed (as in from the actual orange, not from the freezer or fridge) orange juice and blend until frothy. Add in ice as it’s blending. It tastes amazing.

    • stephaniemanley

      I am sure that is amazing.

  • Kacey

    This sadly tastes NOTHING like an Orange Julius. :( So disappointing!

  • Monica

    This is wonderful!!