Copycat Orange Julius

This delicious recipe for a Copycat Orange Julius is sure to become your new favorite drink! Frothy, sweet, and super refreshing!

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This delicious recipe for a Copycat Orange Julius is sure to become your new favorite drink! |


I grew up with Orange Julius.  It was a rare and special treat being that there were five of us kids and they weren’t cheap.  I can still remember how incredibly refreshing and sweet this drink was.  Crave-worthy for sure.

Imagine my utter delight and surprise when Chris’s dad shared his recipe for Orange Julius with me years ago. His recipe actually came from his mother and was passed down to him.

Sure, I had a few moments of jealousy when I realized that Chris was able to have an Orange Julius any time he wanted when he was growing up.  And then of course total shock when I saw how EASY this recipe is.

I mean, I always have these ingredients around. Soooo awesome!

This delicious recipe for a Copycat Orange Julius is sure to become your new favorite drink! |

This drink is perfect for a hot summer’s day or a even a mildly warm spring day.  Heck. I’m good with this any day of the year.  For reals.

I double the recipe because our containers of concentrate come in 12 oz cans and because, well, we can polish off an entire pitcher of this stuff. Yep. Just the four of us.  No shame either. 

My mother-in-law occasionally substitutes yogurt for the milk and the boys really like it that way as well.  It gives it more of a smoothie consistency and the flavor is still pretty much the same.

You really can’t go wrong either way :)


Copycat Orange Julius
This fabulous recipe for a Copycat Orange Julius is sure to become your new favorite drink! Frothy, sweet, and super refreshing!
  • 6 oz frozen orange juice concentrate
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  1. Combine all ingredients in blender.
  2. Blend until fully combined.
  3. Serve immediately.

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  1. Christina says:

    Thanks for the recipe. I grew up on these too. I haven’t had one in ages. Can’t wait to try it.

  2. Love that this is a DIY of one of my fave drinks! Pinned

  3. I’ve always loved Orange Julius’ too – so good! Love this recipe for a copycat! Pinned!
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  4. Hi Trish – This looks fantastic and I’ve always loved Orange Julius, too! All of these drink look awesome! Thanks so much for sharing your recipe and pinning! Hope you’re having a great week!
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  5. Yum – this looks incredible – definitely marking for later!

  6. Looks so refreshing and simple. What am I waiting for???
    Hope you’re having a wonderful Wednesday Trish!
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  7. You are so right, Trish! You really can’t go wrong with this fabulous copycat version. I cannot wait to make this ASAP. It looks so refreshing!!
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  8. Seriously?? It’s THAT easy??? Oh my goodness Trish, this is incredible! My guy loves his OJ and anything citrus-flavored, and I’m almost 100% positive that he’d finish off the entire pitcher all by himself. No sharing with 3 other people for him! ;) Thank goodness for this recipe; the warm Sacramento weather is quickly heading our way!
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  9. Just made one of these the other day! Spring really puts me in the mood for them :) Yours look awesome!
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  10. I love this recipes and the pictures are so perfect! I’m from a family of 6 so I can relate to how special it was to get a treat like this :)

  11. Yum. I haven’t had Orange Julius in such a long time. There doesn’t seem to be many locations left or maybe I’m just in the wrong place. Thanks for sharing this recipe. Pinned.
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  12. Love this, Trish! Now that I’m (finally!) getting over my morning sickness, I’ve been craving Orange Julius like crazy. I’d so much rather make a batch than have to try to go get one every time the cravings strike. Thanks for sharing!
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  13. Oh how I love Orange Juliuses. I’m definitely breaking out my blender today!
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  14. This is awesome! We don’t have any Orange Julius stores close here anymore… do they still exist? My husband and I both grew up with them, so I’ll be making these for sure. Going to sub my favorite coconut milk since he and I are both lactose intolerant now. The kids can have them is as :)
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  15. This looks so tasty and refreshing, Trish! I wish I had one right now. :) Pinned!
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  16. Is it bad to admit that I want to be the only one to polish off the entire pitcher? I love Orange Julius’ but haven’t had one in forever!!!
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  17. I haven’t had an Orange Julius in years and that needs to change! This looks delicious–thanks for sharing this!
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  18. How much yogurt and what flavor? That sounds like it would be heavenly!

  19. I like the super frothiness of this drink and the real ones have egg whites. I have found the dry egg whites in a can make it fantastic. Add 1/2 tsp – 1 tsp while the blender is going, remove cap. This helps to prevent lumps.

  20. I love this recipe even in the winter!

  21. Amy schaub says:

    Best DIY I’ve found for orange Julius!

  22. The secret ingredient is vanilla instant pudding mix!

  23. I’ve made this about 15 times now and it’s the only thing I use the Ninja for. DELICIOUS!! It’s the only thing I use my Ninja for. Thanks for the recipe! (NOTE: I add an additional 1/4 c of milk to make it last longer and to help tone down the sweetness)

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