This classic Orange Julius recipe is made in just 5 minutes and is such a refreshing treat on a hot summer day!
When I was little, I thought my mom invented Orange Julius. I had no idea there was a chain of stores with the same name or recipes in multiple cookbooks trying to copy the taste and texture of the original. For all I knew, mom had come up with this dreamy orange concoction all on her own, and for that, she was a genius.
I remember sipping on Orange Julius as a special after school snack or weekend treat. Occasionally I would get a craving for it, and beg mom to make me one. She usually obliged. Eventually, I started making them myself. Made with only 6 ingredients and a quick whir of the blender, this was the first recipe I managed to master all by myself.
It wasn’t until I was an adult that I spotted my first Orange Julius store. My first thought was, OMG someone stole Mom’s recipe for Orange Julius and made it into an uber popular franchise of creamy drinks. Not cool, Orange Julius, not cool.
Then clearer thinking prevailed, and I realized that perhaps my mom didn’t invent Orange Julius after all.
Despite the realization, I still think my mom is a genius. And I don’t care what anyone says, her Orange Julius skillz are the best around.
That’s the magic of moms, isn’t it? They are our super women, the daily heroes grinding out laundry and juggling a job and putting food on our dinner tables and finding time in the middle of it all to play hide and go seek.
I don’t care how old I get, my mom will always be super woman. After all, she’s the one who sang Jesus Love Me, sat down on the floor to play Barbies with me, made clothes for my baby dolls and stitched together my first prom dress. She’s the one who made dinner each night and drove me to musical practice and made sure I looked presentable when I headed off to school (although some of those early 90s puffy sleeve dresses were questionable, Mom). She’s the one who read me stories at bed time and kissed my scraped knees and showed me how to care–really care–for other people.
And on top of all that, she makes the best Orange Julius in town.
This recipe is the standard one you’ll find all over the Internet. It makes a creamy, frothy, refreshing drink that’s difficult to resist. Of course, despite using the same recipe, mine are never quite as good as mom’s were. After all, she is super woman.
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- 6 oz. can frozen orange juice concentrate
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup water
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 12 ice cubes
- Combine all the ingredients in a blender. Blend on high speed until ice cubes are crushed and the drink is smooth and creamy.
Recipe from Mom