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How to make homemade Orange Julius

How to make homemade Orange Julius

Homemade Orange Julius drinks are really, really easy to make at home. And they are way cheaper than what you can buy at those mall stands too.

homemade orange julius

We mainly use this recipe when we have breakfast for dinner. It’s a quick addition that makes even basic pancakes feel just a little bit more special.

orange juice concentrate

A few homemade Orange Julius notes

  • The recipe calls for a 6-ounce can of OJ concentrate. These are a little hard to find, and besides, a bigger can is cheaper. So, I buy a regular can and just use half for a recipe. Store the other half in the freezer for your next batch.
  • A good blender definitely makes a difference here. I used to make this with my cheap blender (use what you have!), but the Vitamix does a much better job of pulverizing the ice.

(I wrote a review of my Vitamix along with tips about where to find the cheapest Vitamix.)

orange julius in Vitamix

  • You can adjust the sugar amount as you wish. I often use 1/4 or 1/3 cup of sugar instead of the 1/2 cup called for in the recipe.
  • The vanilla is also very flexible; adjust to taste! This is not a good spot to use imitation vanilla, though; that’s only tasty in baked goods. Use the good stuff here.

Making Orange Julius is quick! Just dump all the ingredients into the blender.

orange julius in blender

And then blend for a minute or two, until it’s smooth and slushy.

orange julius in blender

This melts pretty quickly in warm temperatures, so I like to put our glasses in the freezer while I’m making this drink.

That way, they’re nice and cold when I’m ready to pour.

orange julius in blender

Scroll down for the printable recipe!

Orange Julius in a glass.

Homemade Orange Julius

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

These slushy orange drinks make a great addition to a breakfast for dinner meal!


  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar (can use 1/4 or 1/3 cup)
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 6 oz. frozen orange juice concentrate
  • 12-15 ice cubes


  1. Place glasses in freezer to chill.
  2. Combine all ingredients in blender; blend for 1-2 minutes, or until mixture is slushy. Pour into glasses and serve immediately.


To save money, buy a 12 ounce can of orange juice concentrate; use half and freeze the other half for a future batch.

Nutrition Information
Yield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 204Total Fat 1gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 5mgSodium 39mgCarbohydrates 46gFiber 1gSugar 40gProtein 3g

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Tuesday 19th of October 2021

I love the idea of the orange/cream combo but I keep looking at this recipe and getting scared that the orange juice will make the milk curdle. Does it for real not curdle when you blend these up?


Wednesday 20th of October 2021

Amazingly, it does not!


Monday 18th of October 2021

I haven’t had an Orange Julius in years! Has anyone made it with soy milk? And if so was it any good?

Lisa from Adapt Your Dollars

Sunday 17th of October 2021

Yum! These definitely take me back to when I was younger during trips to the mall with my mom! My brother and I would pester my mom to buy us one. I haven't had one in ages...are the stands even still around lol?? Definitely going to try this recipe for my boys! Thanks!

Eleanor Stevens

Monday 11th of May 2020

Your can of orange concentrate, 12 oz, does not say how much water to add. Please explain.


Monday 11th of May 2020

So, you don't add ANY water for this recipe. The milk and the water specified in the recipe dilute the concentrate perfectly, along with the ice.


Saturday 26th of October 2019

My no-smoothies-ever husband really likes this! Definitely a fun treat. Thanks!

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