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Orange Julius #SundaySupper

This classic Orange Julius recipe is made in just 5 minutes and is such a refreshing treat on a hot summer day!

Orange Julius- Made in 5 minutes and tastes just like the original!

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.

Orange Julius- A 5 minute blender treat that's perfect for a hot summer day.

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.

Orange Julius- A super easy, refreshing drink reminiscent of an Orange Creamsicle.

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.

Orange Julius from

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.

Be sure to check out all the other Mother’s Day inspired dishes the #SundaySupper team has contributed below the recipe!

Orange Julius #SundaySupper

Prep Time 5 minsPrep Time
Cook Time
Total Time 5 mins Total Time
Yields 3


  • 6 oz. can frozen orange juice concentrate
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 12 ice cubes


  1. Combine all the ingredients in a blender. Blend on high speed until ice cubes are crushed and the drink is smooth and creamy.


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  • Dorothy at ShockinglyDelicious May 11, 2014, 8:11 AM

    You just brought me back to my youth!

  • Librarian Lavender May 11, 2014, 8:24 AM

    This looks so so good! Mom’s are always the best though ;).

  • Liz May 11, 2014, 8:32 AM

    Aw, what a sweet mom!!! Your orange Julius looks PERFECT!!!

  • Jennifer Drummond May 11, 2014, 9:10 AM

    Wow! I love your Orange Julius! I used to drink them all of the time at the mall!

  • Family Foodie May 11, 2014, 9:33 AM

    This looks so good! What a great idea for a Mother’s Day Brunch. Your mom sounds amazing… I hope one day my kids will say the same about me.

  • Marlene A Baird May 11, 2014, 10:11 AM

    okay you convinced me. I actually never tried one because I didn’t think orange and milk worked well together. But hey what about all those orange creamsicles I had every summer as a kid. I am going to give this one a try. Your photos are beckoning me to try it.

  • Deanna Samaan May 11, 2014, 10:19 AM

    LOL, Your story reminded me when I was a kid I thought my mom invented A/C she put ice in front of a fan LOL Great recipe!!!

  • Nichole C May 11, 2014, 11:29 AM

    Haha, her “skillz”, I love it. This looks so easy! I used to love an Orange Julius, back in the day.

  • Laura Dembowski May 11, 2014, 1:06 PM

    I love your Orange julus story! It sounds like your mom is a great lady!

  • Mireya @myhealthyeatinghabits May 11, 2014, 1:30 PM

    Orange julius was my mother’s favorite drink and she occasionally made them at home, but she used o.j. and a pack of vanilla. I like your mom’s recipe better. It doesn’t have as much sugar.

  • Shannon @ Killer Bunnies, Inc May 11, 2014, 2:17 PM

    Yum! I never knew how easy it was, my mom just took me to the mall *laugh*

  • Sarah R May 11, 2014, 2:20 PM

    I grew up with this stuff! Never knew it was so simple

  • Susan Pridmore May 11, 2014, 2:28 PM

    I’ve heard about these for years and have never had one. It looks so refreshing and easy to make. Pinning!

  • Betsy Cohen May 11, 2014, 2:38 PM

    Moms are definitely magical. This looks absolutely amazing and I can not wait to try it.

  • Hezzi-D May 11, 2014, 3:43 PM

    I used to make these all the time when I was a kid! I’m so glad you reminded me of them, I can’t wait to make one as an adult!

  • Tara May 11, 2014, 4:25 PM

    What a great recipe and photos, orange julius is one of my favs too!!

  • Alice Choi May 11, 2014, 6:30 PM

    awh, your mom is amazing and so sweet!!! love this post! Orange Julius brings back so many memories!! πŸ™‚ LOVE this!

  • Shaina Wizov May 11, 2014, 6:48 PM

    Mom’s recipes are always so hard to replicate, but it looks like you did a great job!

  • MealDiva May 11, 2014, 8:39 PM

    Moms recipe sounds perfectly wonderful! Happy Mothers Day!!

  • Serena Bakes May 11, 2014, 11:48 PM

    I love Orange Julius and I remember making them in cooking class in 7th grade! Love that you thought someone stole your Mom’s recipe, so sweet!

  • The Ninja Baker May 12, 2014, 12:00 AM

    Wow! Scrumptious Orange Julius packed with memories and deliciousness….Your mom sounds like super-mom…You are truly blessed, Courtney <3

  • Renee Goerger May 12, 2014, 7:46 AM

    I have such fond memories of Orange Julius! Thanks for the recipe. I’ll be making them soon! Pinned πŸ˜‰
    Renee – Kudos Kitchen

  • Emily Caruso May 12, 2014, 1:02 PM

    Ok, I LOVE that you thought your mom invented Orange Julius! That is totally something I would have thought when I was little. It’s funny how there are certain things that just never taste quite the same when I make them. My mom makes the best egg sandwich and I just can never get it quite right πŸ˜‰

  • Stacy May 12, 2014, 1:22 PM

    That’s a funny story, Courtney. I would have loved to have seen your face when you saw the first Orange Julius shop. πŸ™‚ Your version sure looks refreshing!

  • Nancy May 12, 2014, 4:47 PM

    Where did you grow up, woman?! You didn’t see your first Orange Julius until you were an adult?! I like to think that your mom would drive you on certain routes to avoid all the OJs just so that you could continue believing she invented it πŸ˜‰ What a lovely story. Even though she didn’t invent Orange Julius, her version is a thousand times better than the stuff they sell. I haven’t had one in over a decade because of all the artificial sweeteners they put in. I love this wonderful tribute to your amazing mom, Courtney.

  • Sarah | Curious Cuisiniere May 12, 2014, 5:21 PM

    I’ve never had an Orange Julius, but it looks like such a refreshing summer drink!

  • Dionne Baldwin May 12, 2014, 5:27 PM

    It sounds like these orange julius’s are like a comfort food to you! It wraps up everything mom is in one beverage. No wonder OJ stole her idea. πŸ™‚

  • cathy b May 12, 2014, 5:48 PM

    I remember Orange Julius too and now having the recipe will make it so easy to try again

  • Ala Shih May 13, 2014, 5:35 PM

    I. Have never. Known. Omgosh I don’t know why I never bothered looking up a recipe for Orange Julius, but my mom introduced me to it when I was young and I absolutely fell in love. This is such a perfect Mother’s Day post; you are one lucky pair! Thank you for sharing this <3

  • Elisabeth May 13, 2014, 11:28 PM

    Courtney, thank you for your kind words…I feel very undeserving but I do appreciate them.
    I have great memories of those Orange Julius moments too.
    You are becoming a super woman. You will make a great mom. Love you, Mom.

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