Orange Julius Copycat Recipe

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We have made this Copycat Orange Julius Recipe since we were kids. It is a refreshing citrusy drink, perfect for a warm summer day! 

Three mugs of orange julius with blue straws and orange slice garnishes

Orange Julius Copycat Drink

We always loved to make these Orange Julius drinks when we were little. I mean REALLY little. I remember having to climb up on the counter to reach the blender. Maybe our love for cooking stemmed from this simple recipe. Who knows?
Anyway, these are SO easy to make and they don’t make a big ol’ mess. Plus my kids LOVE it! I actually like this version better than the real orange drink from the Orange Julius stand. I don’t know why. This way makes it more like smoothie.

Mugs of orange julius with orange slices as garnishes

Some Suggested Variations

We love when our readers share their variations with us. Then we can all try something new! One idea is to mix things up on this Orange Julius and make it a Lime Julius instead. One reader suggested this saying you can use lime juice concentrate instead of orange and omit the vanilla. Some other suggestions include using grape or cranberry frozen concentrate instead of orange. So many possibilities!

Another helpful reader suggested cutting down on the concentrate by replacing the bulk of the concentrate with 1 C milk, ⅓ C sugar, 1 orange peeled and 1 Tablespoon of orange juice concentrate. Then you blend and mix with ice cubes until you reach your desired consistency.

A mug of Orange Julius with a blue straw and an orange slice garnish

Make it a Berry Orange Julius

For an added twist, try adding fresh strawberries, raspberries, and/or pineapple! You can also add frozen fruits. If you are using fresh, add them in during the first blend with the orange juice concentrate. If you are using frozen fruits, add them in with the ice during the second blend.

Drink Up! Even More Beverages to Enjoy

Although the nostalgia of the Orange Julius copycat keeps us coming back for more, there are several other drinks to sip when you need a refreshing kick.

A citrusy drink in a clear cup with a lid and straw
Three clear mugs full of orange julius with a blue straw and orange slice garnishes

Orange Julius Copycat Recipe

5 from 6 votes
We have made this Orange Julius Copycat Recipe since we were kids. For an added twist, try adding fresh strawberries, raspberries, and/or pineapple!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Drink
Cuisine American
Servings 4

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Equipment

  • Blendtec Blender

Ingredients

Instructions

  • In a blender, blend all ingredients except ice.
    Orange juice concentrate, milk, water, vanilla, and sugar mixed in a blender
  • Slowly add ice cubes one at a time until it reaches a "smoothie" consistency. Serve immediately.
    Three mugs of orange julius with blue straws and orange slice garnishes

Nutrition Information

Calories: 193kcalCarbohydrates: 41gProtein: 3gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 30mgPotassium: 365mgFiber: 1gSugar: 41gVitamin A: 257IUVitamin C: 59mgCalcium: 80mgIron: 1mg

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Erica Walker

Erica lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband, Jared, an attorney, and her beautiful three girls. Beyond the world of recipes, she loves adventuring with everything from kayaking, to cruising, to snowboarding and taking the family along for the thrill ride.

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  1. 5 stars
    I love homemade orange julius. We used to make them when I was a teenager. This recipe is awesome and super easy to make!

  2. 5 stars
    So good! This is my husband’s favorite drink! He asks for it whenever he’s feeling ill as it’s his perfect “feel better” drink! But, of course, this comfort food drink is his favorite when he’s feeling awesome, too! 😀

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