Copycat Orange Julius

Refreshing & simple Copycat Orange Julius takes a minute to make and tastes just like the real thing. It is a favorite family treat!

Copycat orange julius is one of our go to breakfast drinks!! To complete the meal just add one of our favorite breakfast casseroles or a big stack of pancakes.

Orange julius served in a glass

What is an Orange Julius?

Who here has had an Orange Julius before? We’ve been long-time fans and recently decided to try making our own copycat version at home. But, what is an Orange Julius?

It’s an American chain famous for their orange drink (orange julius) that is made up of ice, orange juice, sweetener, milk and vanilla. It’s kind of like an orange juice smoothie, except it’s more creamy and frothy. We think it tastes like a melted orange creamsicle.

This recipe is so quick and easy that even a kid can put it together. Best of all, it tastes just like the real version, which means we can make this at home whenever we want.

I cannot wait to make this orange julius recipe again. It really is so simple and tastes so delicious! I have a feeling we will be making this all summer long.

orange julius ingredients on a marble countertop

As easy as just blend!!

The orange julius ingredients include:

  • frozen orange juice
  • milk
  • water
  • sugar
  • vanilla
  • ice cubes.

Luckily, we had pretty much all of these ingredients at our house already!

BLEND. To make this yummy recipe, just throw everything in the blender and blend until nice and smooth. It’s that easy!

orange julius ingredients in a blender

Recipe FAQ

Use fresh orange juice: If you don’t have orange juice concentrate, freeze an equal amount of fresh orange juice in an ice cube tray (or a glass pan, and then break it into pieces) and put that in the blender with the other ingredients. Using fresh OJ and adding more ice will just change the texture and flavor, which isn’t what you want!

Texture: Adjusting the texture to your liking is quite easy. You can reduce the amount of added water/milk for a thicker texture or increase it if you prefer a thinner texture

Julius with a twist: Add other flavors to the orange julius bananas or strawberries are particularly delicious. Just keep in mind that it will cause a thicker or thinner texture.

STORE leftovers (if you have any) it in the fridge for a day or so in an airtight container, but it’s much better to have it fresh! You can also pour any leftovers into a popsicle mold as a cool treat.

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Orange Julius Recipe

4.72 from 35 votes
Refreshing & simple Copycat Orange Julius takes a minute to make and tastes just like the real thing. It is a favorite family treat!
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Prep Time 2 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 312 kcal
Author Lil’ Luna


  • 6 oz frozen orange juice concentrate
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup water
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1-2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup ice cubes


  • Combine all ingredients in the blender.
  • Blend until smooth and serve immediately. ENJOY!


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Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. 5 stars
    It was really good. I used to work in one of those little cafe’s in a mall, 1957 I was 15 lol and we made them different, we used fresh orange juice, ice, orange sherbet, vanilla and no sugar. I’d make your recipe again for sure, we enjoyed it. Thank you for sharing it is definitely a 5 star (should be a 10)

  2. 5 stars
    I used a couple extra ice cubes, unsweetened vanilla almond milk instead of the milk, and 1 Tbs. truVIa in place of the sugar and thought it was pErfect!

  3. 5 stars
    sixty years ago i remember the original Orange julius stands offered to add a banana for an extra 10 cents. it’s the real deal!

  4. 5 stars
    I used fresh Orange juice thst i froze ahead of time. After mixing tge ingredients i felt it Needed twice as much frozen juice, sugar and vAnilLa, but tasted great!

  5. 3 stars
    It taste different than the orange Julius I grew up on. Just not as orangey. Next time I will use orange juice instead of water maybe that will work

    Try my orange smoothie

    Six ounces orange juice
    Two tablespoons plain yogurt
    Quarter cup of sugar
    One cup of ice
    Blend well

    Try my creamsicle shake

    Six ounces orange juice
    One half cup ice
    Add four scoops vanilla ice cream
    Pour in a tall glass
    Add one scoop vanilla ice cream
    Enjoy with a spoon and a straw

  6. 5 stars
    Made this for a very special Christmas Eve breakfast 2020. Even the leftovers the next morning were good! Will definitely make again 🙂

  7. 5 stars
    I just made this not even 5 minutes ago and it is delicious, my grandmother who doesn’t even like it, likes this recipe. It was insanely good will keep this recipe for the future!!

  8. 4 stars
    I just made this recipe and oh my goodness…yum!!

    I used OJ, rather than water, but followed the recipe to the letter otherwise.

    I personally think the vanilla is a little strong, so I will half it next time and I know it will be perfect!

    Thank you for the recipe, this is one of my favorite frozen drinks and it’s getting more & more difficult to find.

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