Orange Julius

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A copycat Orange Julius made in the blender using orange concentrate, milk, vanilla extract, and a little bit of sugar!

We love this Orange Julius for a fun treat! When in the mood for a healthier smoothie, we whip up an Acai Bowl, this Blueberry Smoothie, or this Strawberry-Banana Smoothie.

Image of a couple cups of Orange Julius with fresh oranges on the side.

I don’t know how exactly it started, but growing up, our Christmas morning tradition always began with homemade cinnamon rolls and an Orange Julius.

We never really had them outside of Christmas (I’m not sure why as it seems more of a summer treat anyway), but it simply wasn’t Christmas morning without it! 

Process shot of the ingredients being added to the blender.

While stores charge a good amount of money for an Orange Julius, they couldn’t be easier to make in the comfort of your own home. Plus a lot more economical!


Orange Julius® is the signature product of the Orange Julius beverage company and came on the scene in the 1920s, but over the years the recipe has circulated so widely–even at Disney resorts!–that Orange Julius is now an iconic fruit drink.

How to make an Orange Julius

  • Combine ingredients. Add orange juice concentrate, whole milk, water, powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and ice cubes.
  • Blend. Blend the Julius until the ice is all combined and there is a frothy consistency. Chunks of ice make this smoothie much less enjoyable!
  • Serve. Immediately after blending, pour into glasses and enjoy! It’s sure to be a hit! 

Image of the blended Orange Julius still in the blender.

A Julius has a thinner, icier, frothier consistency than a smoothie. A smoothie is typically thicker and has an array of fruits and/or veggies in it.  You’ll find smoothie recipes are generally quite a bit healthier than this recipe. While smoothies may contain more calories than an Orange Julius, the smoothies are pretty much all fruit (and fruit nutrition).

Which brings us to a commonly asked question about this drink:

Image of the ready-to-drink Orange Julius with a straw in it and cut oranges around it.

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Orange Julius

5 from 10 votes
Make this copycat Orange Julius in the blender using orange concentrate, milk, vanilla extract, and a little bit of sugar!
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Orange Julius

5 from 10 votes
Make this copycat Orange Julius in the blender using orange concentrate, milk, vanilla extract, and a little bit of sugar!
Course Dessert, Drinks, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword orange julius
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2 -4 servings
Chelsea Lords
Calories 280kcal


  • 1/2 of 1 full (12-ounce container) orange juice from concentrate, not thawed
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract (increase/reduce to personal preference)
  • 1 cup ice cubes


  • Combine everything in a blender and process until completely smooth and no ice chunks remain.
  • Pour into glasses and enjoy immediately.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 280kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 68mg | Potassium: 734mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 53g | Vitamin A: 520IU | Vitamin C: 117mg | Calcium: 165mg | Iron: 1mg

We do our best to provide accurate nutritional analysis for our recipes. Our nutritional data is calculated using a third-party algorithm and may vary, based on individual cooking styles, measurements, and ingredient sizes. Please use this information for comparison purposes and consult a health professional for nutrition guidance as needed.


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  1. This smoothie looks so creamy and refreshing! I love that it is light too – such a perfect way to indulge without over-indulging!

  2. What a groovy smoothie, Chelsea! I know I did a creamsicle-esque smoothie in the winter when I needed a high dose of vitamin c (colds, man, they are the worst) but I love how you “skinny-ified yours and how creamy it looks! 😀 YUM!

  3. 5 stars
    I had this in the morning for breakfast today. WOW. Love it so much!!! Have yet to try a recipe from this site that hasn’t worked out (and I’ve tried tons, lol!)

    1. You are SO sweet to leave such a nice comment!! I am so glad to hear you’ve tried other recipes and enjoyed them. Thanks so much Julia!! 🙂

  4. Hi! I’m not, nor ever have been a fan of creamy orange, but it does sound good. What I really wanted to say, and you don’t have to post this, is I love the napkin, towel or whatever the blue & green fabric is! It would make a beautiful scarf! So what is it and were did you find it?!

  5. Hi, do you happen to know the nutritional information on this, like Carbs, Proteins, Calories? Thanks in advance.

    1. Hi Patty! I just added the nutrition facts to this under the recipe. Hope this helps! Thanks so much! 🙂

  6. 5 stars
    I love this! I reduced the milk and put a little whipping cream on it was like whip cream on the top!

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