Orange Julius (Copycat Recipe)

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The next time you’re craving the taste of the classic orange creme flavor of an Orange Julius, make it in minutes in your own kitchen! With this easy recipe, made with just six simple ingredients, you’ll be enjoying this iconic frozen treat often.

two glasses of orange julius with whipped cream and orange slices

The Best Orange Julius Recipe

We have such great memories of getting an Orange Julius smoothie at the mall food court! This homemade Orange Julius recipe is really simple shake to make from scratch with little prep time and with ingredients you can easily keep on hand.

Don’t miss these other delicious Orange Julius recipes! Orange Julius Cocktail, Orange Julius Cake and Orange Cheesecake Bars.

Ingredients You’ll Need

Here’s what you’ll need to make this delicious orange smoothie recipe (the exact measurements and full recipe instructions are below in the easy-to-print recipe card):

  • Orange juice concentrate – add the concentrate to the blender while it’s still frozen.
  • Water – it’s best to use cold water for this recipe.
  • Whole milk – whole milk gives the drink just the right creaminess but you can use skim milk as well.
  • Ice cubes – the ice cubes will thicken the shake and ensure that it’s nice and cold.
  • Granulated sugar – white sugar adds the perfect sweetness to the shake.
  • Vanilla extract – a little vanilla perfects this homemade recipe. We used pure vanilla extract.
milk, sugar, juice, vanilla, ice, and water on a marble counter.

How to Make Orange Julius

Just a few simple steps to make this frozen treat loved by kids and adults!

  • Add all ingredients to a blender.
  • Blend the ingredients together until fully combined and smooth texture.
  • Serve immediately with any toppings or garnish you like.

How To Serve

  • Chill the glass – place your glasses in the freezer for a few minutes before pouring in the shake for a pretty frosted glass.
  • Whipped cream – a dollop of Cool Whip or homemade whipped cream makes the shake look so pretty and extra delicious!
  • Orange slice – top the orange milkshake with a slice of an orange for a pop of color.
a blender and glasses full of milkshake.

Orange Julius Tips and Substitutions

  • Dairy-Free– Substitute your favorite Almond Milk, Oat Milk or Coconut Milk for the regular milk.
  • Fresh Orange Juice– Use 6 ounces of fresh squeezed orange juice if you don’t have concentrate.
  • Vanilla Ice Cream– Replace the milk and sugar with vanilla ice cream for a delicious milkshake option.
  • Add Fruit– Try adding fresh or frozen fruit like strawberries, bananas, mangos or pineapple that compliment that classic Orange Julius flavor.
  • Popsicles- Use a popsicle mold and freeze to make this delicious drink into amazing popsicles.
  • Sugar Substitutes- Use your favorite substitute like monkfruit or Stevia instead of sugar.
  • Spike it- add some orange vodka to turn this into a cocktail for adults.
Copycat Orange Julius with whipped cream and orange slices.

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Orange Julius

The next time you're craving the classic orange creme flavor of an Orange Julius, make it in minutes in your own kitchen! Made with just six simple ingredients, you'll be enjoying this iconic frozen treat often.
Servings: 2
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes


  • 6 ounces orange juice concentrate frozen
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Add all ingredients to a blender, then blend until fully combined and smooth.
  • Serve immediately with whipped cream and slices of orange for garnish if desired.

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Calories: 397kcal | Carbohydrates: 86g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 65mg | Potassium: 722mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 81g | Vitamin A: 520IU | Vitamin C: 123mg | Calcium: 190mg | Iron: 0.3mg