How To Make An Orange Julius

How would you like to make the Orange Julius we all love from our neighborhood Dairy Queen restaurants? This delightful, creamy drink is a frothy smoothie that you can make. This easy Orange Julius recipe can be made with just five ingredients, and best of all it tastes just like the real thing. Yes, a copycat recipe will taste like the original Orange Julius. This is a drink the entire family will love.

Homemade Orange Julius in a glass

It used to be that you could only get this drink from an Orange Julius stand or an Orange Julius store that was located in your favorite food court or mall years ago, but after Dairy Queen bought the rights to this much-loved chain, the DQ is where you need to go to get one of their delicious fruit smoothies.

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 refreshing treat on a hot summer day.

Why this copycat Orange Julius recipe works

This recipe works very well because it does a good job of mimicking the flavor you have always known. The orange juice concentrate gives you lots of flavors, and it is better to use than orange juice. Orange juice is watered own. The vanilla pudding powder provides a boost of vanilla flavor and the egg whites in the pudding mix gives this drink a lift.

Orange Julius History

The very famous Orange Julius drink started as an orange juice stand back in southern California. Orange groves were near Los Angeles back in 1926 and Julius Freed created this sweet treat. 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.

Did the Orange Julius use raw eggs?

When the Orange Julius first came out they did use raw eggs in the recipe, but the recipe was changed over time, and they changed the raw eggs to egg white powder.

Is the Orange Julius Healthy?

A small Orange Julius may not be the healthiest option, if you buy one in the restaurant a small one has about 300 calories, and it has about 75 grams of sugar, which is equivalent to a soda. There is about a gram of fiber in a serving, but these are low in salt with only about 57 grams. These may not be the healthiest option, but they are a great treat to enjoy once in a while.

You can enjoy this orange creamsicle flavor once in a while. So don’t miss out on this fun drink, it is like a milkshake but made with orange juice.

Homemade Orange Julius ingredients

How to Make an Orange Julius

You only need these five ingredients to make a homemade Orange Julius:

  • Frozen Orange Juice concentrate do not use fresh orange juice
  • Water
  • Whole milk – you could make this vegan by using almond milk instead of whole milk
  • Vanilla extract
  • Powdered Sugar

Put 1 1/2 cups of ice and all 5 ingredients in a good 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.


  • 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.  To make things easy, you can watch a video to see how to make this special orange smoothie.

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a homemade orange julius in a glass.

Homemade Orange Julius

You now have the secret Orange Julius recipe and can make this delicious smoothie at home.
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Orange Julius
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 143kcal


  • 2/3 cup orange juice concentrate
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 6 ice cubes (approx 1 1/2 cups ice)


  • 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.



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

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. Robert T Flansburgh

    You forgot the egg whites:

    1/4 cup Orange juice
    1 cup Water
    3 TBLSP Egg whites or egg substitute
    1 tsp Vanilla extract
    1/4 cup Granulated sugar
    1 1/2 cup Ice

  2. rawthang

    When I was a little kid, my mother found a copycat version that used the Cooking version of Vanilla Pudding mix (NOT INSTANT) and it made a delicious version. It was just the Juice, Pudding and ice. It has been years but I loved it and thought it was close as a kid.

  3. Jan

    Can’t believe all the people saying it doesn’t taste like an Orange Julius. I completely disagree and I’ve had them before! It is delicious!

  4. Jo

    Thanks for sharing the Orange Julius recipe! I had this recipe ( or a similar one) and lost it several years ago. I’m having my small group from church over for a Christmas brunch next week and will be serving Quiche Lorraine. I wanted to serve Orange Julius and your recipe has made it possible. Your recipe sounds very similar to the recipe I have lost. It’s delicious and you are a doll for sharing good recipes. Merry Christmas!

  5. Matt

    “One thing is for certain you don’t need to look for the Orange Julius recipe anymore”. If you are going to put something like this in your narrative, the recipe should at least be close. That isn’t the case here.

    • Stephanie

      I think they did back in the day. I think they have gotten away from this as many people feel uncomfortable about eating raw eggs. You can get eggs that are pasteurized, and those would be safe to consume.

  6. travhops

    Love it, substitute Splenda for sugar as diabetic. I also use bananas, strawberry, other fruits with same basic recipe.

  7. Joe

    Good recipe! Relax people, if you want to drink an exact oranje julius rendition go to an orange julius store! I replaced the concentrate with 2 cups of actual juice, almond milk instead of regular and dates for sugar

  8. Nancy

    This will bring back great memories of going to Orange Julius at the mall with my mom, who passed in 1991. Thank you so much.

  9. JJ

    You don’t need to do all of that. Just blend chopped up FRESH pineapple and FRESH squeezed (as in from the actual orange, not from the freezer or fridge) orange juice and blend until frothy. Add in ice as it’s blending. It tastes amazing.

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