Get the Secret Recipe for the Orange Julius

How would you like to make the Orange Julius we all love from our neighborhood Dairy Queen? This delightful, frothy drink can now be made in your own home.  And this 5-ingredient Orange drink recipe takes only a few minutes to make!

Homemade Orange Julius in a glass

Why this Recipe Works

The Orange Julius smoothie first appeared in malls everywhere until it became available at Dairy Queen. But now you don’t need to visit your favorite restaurant to enjoy this cool, fresh and delightful drink.

We now have the secret ingredients to this orange drink recipe (thanks to Dave Oberg) and you can enjoy it in minutes. There are only 5-ingredients, making this a wonderful option for a warm summer day.

Orange Julius History

The very famous Orange Julius drink started as an orange juice stand back in Los Angeles back in 1926 by Julius Freed. Sales were very modest early on so a friend came up with the idea of a drink mix that would make the acidic orange juice easier on the stomach.

Freed’s stand took up this new drink, which had a frothy, creamy texture, and sales took off. It became so popular that people began lining up at the store and shouting, “Give me an Orange, Julius!”

This acclaim led to the new drink being named the Orange Julius. In 1987, the Orange Julius chain was incorporated into Dairy Queen where you now are most likely to be able to drink an Orange Julius.

Homemade Orange Julius ingredients

How to Make an Orange Julius

You only need these five ingredients to make an Orange Julius:

  • Orange Juice concentrate
  • Water
  • Milk
  • Vanilla
  • Powdered Sugar

Put 1 1/2 cups of ice and all 5 ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth and you have your Orange Julius!

Some fun facts

  • The original stand also provided Bible tracts and medicinal tonics.
  • It became the official drink of the 1964 New York World’s Fair.
  • During 1970 and the early 1980s, it used the image of a devil with a pitchfork inserted through an orange, along with the apt slogan, “A Devilish Good Drink.” This logo and slogan were later dropped because the logo was somewhat similar to that of Arizona State University’s mascot, Sparky.

Notes:

  • 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.
  • The original orange beverage was made with raw eggs, but I believe they’ve gotten away from this as many people feel uncomfortable with eating raw eggs. However, if you want to add raw eggs, you can get eggs that are pasteurized, and these are safe to consume. My recipe does not contain eggs.

Perfect for Summer

Although this is the perfect refreshing drink to make any time, it’s especially good in the heat of summer. It’s a fun, non-alcoholic beverage that your whole family will enjoy. And, an Orange Julius tastes even better if you use freshly-squeezed orange juice instead of concentrate. To make things easy, you can watch a video to see how to make this special drink.

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a homemade orange julius in a glass.

Orange Julius

Get the secret recipe for the Orange Julius
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Orange Julius
Servings: 4
Calories: 143kcal

Ingredients

  • 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)

Instructions

  • 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.

Video

Nutrition

Calories: 143kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 32mg | Potassium: 399mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 280IU | Vitamin C: 65.3mg | Calcium: 84mg | Iron: 0.2mg
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About Stephanie

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 CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home, and CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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Comments

  1. Gloria

    Concord Foods makes a really close drink with their Smoothie packets. You can find them in the produce sections usually. They have orange, strawberry and pineapple.

    • Ted

      Hi, here in Montreal, we have something similar which is an Orange Julep. It sounds like it’s just as creamy as Orange Julius. A few years ago, I came across a recipe that had orange juice, powdered sugar, vanilla? and a bit of coffee creamer that made the drink frothy. It was a pretty good copycat to our Orange Julep.

  2. Baltisraul

    The last Orange Julius stand I saw was in the late 1990’s in a food court Mall in Milledgeville, Ga. Until reading your article, I had no idea DQ now owns and serves them. When I do go to DQ, it’s for a chocolate malted milkshake and I never look at the menu. Steph, you have now saved my summer! Now if I could just find an A&W Root Beer stand.

      • Baltisraul

        Funny how one memory leads to another memory. My last visit to an A&W stand was on the backroads of SE Georgia traveling to Waycross, Ga in that same late 1990’s time period.

  3. Mary Tramp

    ok, been making these for years, without out here use of powdered sugar… the orange juice, milk, vanilla, and yes whole egg is plenty sweet enough and a whole lot more nutritious.

  4. Audrey

    There was no egg whites, it was freshly squeezed orange juice, they juiced their own oranges, mixed with soda water or water(came from the pop soda fountain) and a powder that they added to all drinks, dont know what the powder was….there was no milk added, maybe the power was a milk mixture….you could add egg to any drink at the time if ordered that way….and ice

    • Chris Russell

      The original story about Julius Freed spells out perfectly what was in the original drink. It had powdered egg whites, which would explain the frothy foam that is part of the taste in an orange Julius. I do believe it also said it had milk. It’s a Wikipedia article about the man and his strange concoction.

    • Jay Toubman

      That ‘powder’ you refer to, that came in an aluminized / mylar bag, was POWDERED EGG WHITES. Try to make any ‘Julius®’ without and it will NOT have the same, unique taste or froth.
      And . . . FORGET Dairy Queen®!
      They have DISCONTINUED all of the ORIGINAL ‘Orange Julius®’ drinks, sad to say.
      Might still be available if their supply has not run out, but the ‘DQ’ stores cannot get the ‘mix’ any longer. At my local ‘DQ’, no more ‘Orange Julius®’, however, I can still (?) get the Strawberry-Banana ‘Julius®’. Having a VERY small kitchen, it’s disappointing even though I have ‘tweaked’ the recipe for both if I can again make at home.
      And, ‘DQ’ marketing made no effort to explain their discontinuation, other than these drinks only amounted to about two (2) per cent of their sales. (Any wild guesses as to who the ‘parent’ corporation of ‘DQ’ is?)
      Only 2% of sales . . .
      Equipment and supply chain already established, for years.
      OFFICIAL drink of 1964 Worlds Fair or World Series . . .
      Oh, well!

  5. Lisa M Leuning

    I got very excited when I saw the dream whip comment…that is exactly what I remembered from making these in home economics 35 years ago. I haven’t been able to find my old recipe. Should be able to duplicate it now. Thanks!

  6. Sam Abrams

    Many Many Thank you’s for this one. Love an Orange Julius. I will try it with and without raw eggs just to see if it makes enough difference to repeat with the eggs.

    Happy New Year

  7. teeryn

    5 stars
    I was thinking of trying this but with powdered egg whites, but I’m not the best at adjusting recipes. Any idea how many T to start the experimentation with? Thanks in advance!

  8. Star

    Wow amazing how mean and rude people can be! Thanks for the free recipe in a free country where I can decide if I want to make and drink an at home Orange Julius or not! And I can choose to comment or as my mom used to say if you don’t have anything nice to say don’t say anything at all. Luckily we loved your recipe thank you Stephanie

    • Pepper

      I agree on the rudeness; thank you Stephanie! I saw the comment about “forgetting the egg whites” as well. I got the actual recipe from a friend who worked there in the mall and there were no egg whites in it, however, they only use real frozen fruit from the frozen isle. I like to make them with strawberries or pineapple and they also use granulated sugar rather than the powdered. (This was years ago though so things may have changed) The rest is bang on. xD We love the work you do. I hope you have a lovely Christmas!

      • George

        Pepper, can you tell me a bit more about how you make the Pineapple Julius? That one was always my favorite – I thought it was about 10 times better than the Orange. Fresh pineapple, or juice, or ? I’ve been wanting a Pineapple Julius for decades now. And Thank You, Stephanie for posting this! 🙂

  9. Chef Mariposa

    Has anyone tried making this with malted milk powder? What I remember seems to have had a mild nuttiness in the flavor that balanced the fresh of the oranges. Plus I believe the malt powder (or whatever they used) – after raw eggs were removed – helped with the frothiness.

  10. Joe

    While working on rehabbing an injury I searched for a few ways to make protein powder (Whey ) taste paletable. One of the best was a drink that tastes more like my beloved Orange Julius than any home recipe I have found.
    Blend:
    1cup Tropicana No Pulp Fresh OJ
    1cup good Vanilla Ice Cream
    1 scoop protein powder

    I use a milkshake machine but a blender works just fine. Smooth frothy and soo tasty.

    • Terry

      Back in the day, I used to get an Orange Julius at the mall. Unless some ingredients were pre-added to their orange juice, it was orange juice, ice and one egg blended. I watched them do this many times and it appeared to be just orange juice, ice and an egg (to make it smooth & frothy). I made them at home and could not tell the difference,.

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