The Perfect Orange Julius Smoothie

It’s freezing today! It’s foggy and there’s this light mist of snow in the air.  You’d think all I’d want is a warm cup of cocoa or a bowl of hot soup?  But no, I’m craving an ice cold Orange Julius Smoothie.  You know, like the ones from store in the mall. Yes, those were my favorite growing up.
But I grew up several hours from a mall so the only time we really went shopping there was when we headed to Denver for a sporting event, mid-summer for school shopping, and around Christmas to do all of our Holiday shopping.  But no matter what, a long day of shopping always ended with an Orange Julius smoothie. 

The hustle and bustle of Christmas and shopping reminded me of this refreshing treat.  And I happen to love this homemade version even better.  Especially when, heaven for bid, the nearest mall is four hours away. I no longer live in the boonies but still prefer this homemade Orange Julius. 

So drink up….

Orange Julius Smoothie
  1. 1/2 cup low-fat or skim milk
  2. 1/2 cup cold water
  3. 2 tbs sugar or sugar substitute
  4. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  5. 4-5 ice cubes
  6. 6 oz frozen orange juice concentrate (I cut a 12 oz can of frozen orange juice in half and save the other half for your next smoothie)
  7. **add one egg white (optional-helps make it frothier!)
  1. Place everything in a blender and blend for several minutes until smooth and frothy.
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  1. says

    loved this growing up and still make it once in a while…definitely brings back childhood memories. My Mom always made this although in Dom. Rep. we called it “morir sonando” which just means to die sleeping in Spanish. It’s so good, also had it with lemon/limes. Thanks for posting, your blog is lovely!

  2. Anonymous says

    I just made this, and it’s delicious! It was a bit too orange-y for me, so I added another splash of milk after it was blended. Yum!!!

  3. Ann says

    OMG I LOVED these back in the 80’s!!! My favorite place to eat in the Mall! Thanks for the recipe. What a treat. :)

  4. Anonymous says

    I have been making these for years since I can not find a store that makes these anywhere close to me. The only thing I do differently is I use powdered sugar instead of granular. It mixes with the cold ingrediants so much better. Thanks for the great blog (just found you via pinterest). Happy New Year!

  5. says

    This brings back Memories! I didn’t get to go to the Mall very often and hated the times we would go and would hear the words ( You don’t need one of those)! or ( Those are to Expensive)! So I am soooo Excited to see this Recipe. Thanks! Just became a follower of yours.
    Happy New Year! :0)

  6. Anonymous says

    I used one fresh orange and a splash of orange juice because I did not have concentrate on hand. The freshness was amazing! I added some coconut rum afterwards and it just added to the deliciousness!

  7. Anonymous says

    I make something similar to this but the recipe I do calls for 1 cup each of milk and water and 1/3-1/2 cup sugar. That cuts the orangeynish a little bit for those who find the above version a little too strong. I also add ice until I get the consistency I like. Great thing is you can substitute the orange with any fruit and tweak the other things to accommodate. One of our favorites to do in the summer is stawberry!

  8. Anonymous says

    Sounds yummy!!!! I remember the muffins they sold at the one I went to when I was little. I think they were chocolate coconut mmmm i miss those too.

  9. Anonymous says

    Found you on Pinterest and will try this using plain yogurt instead of milk, or Silk Almond Milk with a fresh orange and Vanilla protein powder. I feel healthier already. THANKS for posting.
    KATHY C from North Hills, CA

  10. Anonymous says

    I’ve used equal parts orange juice and rice or soy milk along with an E-mergency pack to create a quick version of it. You can blend it up with ice but I always thought it was cold enough.

  11. Anonymous says

    I remember the ‘add an egg’ option too. They also had the best fench frys EVER! Mt. Shsata Mall Orange Julious, Redding, CA.

  12. says

    THis is pretty much exactly the same as the recipe that we use at home. One thing that I have found makes it a bit more delicious (if that’s possible) is to use powdered sugar instead of granulated sugar. Only use 1 Tblsp though or it will be too sweet.

  13. Anonymous says

    mmm LOVE orange julius smoothies!!! can anyone tell me, if i use the powdered egg whites how much would be the equivalent of one raw egg white? also would you just add the powder right into the blender or mix it w/ warm water first to “reconstitute” like recipes call for? thanks in advance!

  14. Domestic Goddess says

    Mixing MILK and ORANGE JUICE will make you VOMIT. The acid in the juice curdles the milk; even if you drink it fast then it curdles in your throat or your belly. This is home economics 101. Remember in Heathers when Veronica wanted to give Heather #1 a milk and oj hangover cure so she’d puke her guts out? Anyone that tries this recipe got trolled hard.

    • Kristy says

      well, no one in my family has ever vomited…and we’ve made it a lot. So I guess the home economics 101 doesn’t always apply. or maybe I’m a super species:)

  15. DeeDee Gollwitzer says

    Last time I had an Orange Julius was in about 1975 in Boulder, Colorado. I used to love them. I made this recipe with the egg white too and it sure hit the spot – brought back some wonderful memories too!
    I’ll be making this all summer long!

    Thank you,


  16. MyMuse311 says

    There’s something so much smoother and more delicious. Start with 20% half & half. Add 80% fresh squeezed orange juice. It mixes easily and naturally (no mixer or stirring) for a tasty concoction that will amaze you.


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