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How to Make an Orange Julius

Have any of you guys ever tried an Orange Julius from Dairy Queen? The first one I ever had was at the Dairy Queen/ Orange Julius in Lincoln Square, Chicago 2 years ago. It rocked my world and inspired me to make my own. So here I am 2 years later, sipping an icy fresh homemade Orange Julius on a hot summer day. I enjoyed it a lot, so I hope you will too. 

jar of orange julius with a blue and white paper straw

Ingredients needed for Orange Julius:

  • Orange Juice Concentrate: this is the frozen can that you can find in the frozen fruit/ juice section of your market
  • milk
  • water
  • sugar
  • vanilla

Years ago, there were egg yolks in the original Orange Julius recipe. The company has adapted the recipe over the years to leave out the egg yolks. They’re not necessary because this recipe is nice and frothy and good without them!

recipeboy making an orange julius in a blender

How to make an Orange Julius:

It couldn’t be any easier!  You just put the ingredients in the blender and turn it on. You’ll end up with a perfect, frothy, orange drink that will remind you of the original that you probably once tried at Dairy Queen.

recipeboy drinking orange julius from a jar with an orange julius mustache on his upper lip

Got Orange Julius?

I love this picture because it goes with the Got Milk? ads. I LOVE seeing who the new Got Milk? stars are. I’ve seen everyone from SuperMan to David Beckham. I hope I can get those guys to do a Got Orange Julius? picture. That would be SOOOOO cool. Maybe I should be in a Got Milk? ad one day. I LOVE milk and my dad is always growling at me to wipe off my milk mustache (or in this case, my OJ mustache)!

This drink is so good that I drained this cup in what would have probably been world record time if I had a stopwatch. I hope Dairy Queen knows I’m out here because they have some competition!

And even a kid can show you how to make an Orange Julius so good that it poses a threat to Dairy Queen’s business… Like Me!

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Here are a few more refreshing drink recipes you might like to try:

jar of orange julius with a blue and white paper straw

Orange Julius

A totally refreshing classic drink recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Course Beverage
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 176 kcal


  • 3/4 cup frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
  • 1 cup milk (whole or low fat)
  • 1 cup water
  • 5 tablespoons granulated white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 9 regular-sized ice cubes


  • Place all of the ingredients in a blender. Blend until creamy.
  • Divide the mixture between 4 glasses. Add straws and sip away!



Serving: 1servingCalories: 176kcalCarbohydrates: 37gProtein: 3gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.4gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 30mgPotassium: 428mgFiber: 1gSugar: 34gVitamin A: 301IUVitamin C: 77mgCalcium: 97mgIron: 0.2mg
Keyword orange julius, smoothie
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Friday 8th of April 2016

Hi! In my country, Dominican Republic that is called "Morir Soñando" or "To die dreaming". It can be made with lemon juice too.


Sunday 8th of November 2015

we used this recipe in my 7th grade cooking class

Jan Jan

Sunday 7th of June 2015

Very good!


Thursday 5th of February 2015

i love this recipe! i also added 5 tablespoons of vanilla ice cream!


Sunday 14th of September 2014

First of all- all these people with there lame suggestions and questions to this recipe have me shaking my head. I mean, really? Sunny D as an OJ substitute? Oh brother... Ice Cream and Orange Juice- get out of here! true Julius perfection doesn't come that stupidly easy.

THIS RECIPE you put here is just ridiculously spot-on and perfect though. I just picked up the ingredients and blended me a Julius last night & my head nearly hit the roof after my first sip because it sooooo legitimately tastes just like the real thing with absolutely no deviation in flavor! Seriously can't thank you enough, I will never have to wait in line at DQ again (=


Thursday 18th of September 2014

Dude. I hear you :)