Strawberry Julius

Who doesn’t love a delicious Strawberry Julius? It sure is a tasty fruit smoothie treat. You can make one at home in no time at all with this easy copycat recipe.

Homemade strawberry julius smoothie in a glass

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Orange Julius History

Orange Julius is a smoothie shop that has been around since 1926. The shop started selling its famous frothy Orange Julius drink and is now apart of the Dairy Queen franchise. You may have seen a Dairy Queen/Orange Julius around!

The original Orange Julius smoothie was the official drink of the World Fair in 1964. Johnny Carson gave his audience lifetime passes to the smoothie shop the next year.

You could say that the Orange Julius franchise has been a pretty popular destination for years. Before they became part of the Dairy Queen franchise, they were a hot spot in mall food courts.

They started selling only one smoothie drink (the original orange!) and have since expanded their menu to cover other flavors. Among them is the delicious Strawberry Julius. And you guessed it, and it’s made with fresh strawberries instead of oranges!

You can also find mango pineapple, pina colada, berry pomegranate, and triple-berry there as well.

top view of a homemade strawberry julius

The one unique characteristic of any Orange Julius drink is the froth. They blend it up and serve it frothy instead of smooth, like most places. This means that there is less ice and more liquid when blended.

In this case, you have more milk than ice in the blender. The strawberry Julius is pretty simple to make and uses ingredients that you probably have on hand already.


Here’s a list of what you need:

  • Milk
  • Strawberries
  • Sugar
  • Vanilla extract
  • Ice

How to Make a Strawberry Julius

Simply combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Make sure to blend long enough to smash the strawberries until there are no chunks left.

If the drink is too thin, add a bit more ice.

If the drink is too thick, add a tablespoon or two of milk.

Homemade strawberry julius in a glass
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Homemade strawberry julius smoothie in a glass

Strawberry Julius

Enjoy a homemade strawberry Julius made with fresh strawberries.
5 from 10 votes
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Strawberries, Strawberry Julius
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1
Calories: 289kcal


  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup strawberries sliced
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup ice


  • Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Make sure to blend long enough to smash the strawberries until there are no chunks left. Pour into a glass and enjoy! If the drink is too thin, add a bit more ice. Too thick? Add a tablespoon or two of milk.


Calories: 289kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 54mg | Potassium: 234mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 58g | Vitamin A: 200IU | Vitamin C: 28.2mg | Calcium: 138mg | Iron: 0.2mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Melissa

    5 stars
    I just tried this and it was delicious. I also added in a few pinches of frozen coconut- Delicious! Thanks for sharing.

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