Homemade Orange Julius Recipe (Copycat) with Ice Cream

Fresh and delicious, this homemade Orange Julius is the perfect way to cool off after a long day. Made from fresh orange juice, sweet vanilla and creamy scoops of ice cream, this recipe is a near-perfect copycat of the Orange Julius you’d get at the mall. In fact, you might even find that you prefer this recipe to the commercial version!

Orange julius in a glass on a napkin and bottle of orange juice in the background.

The official Orange Julius company actually began as an orange juice stand in California. In order to make the drink less acidic, the current creamy concoction was born and it quickly became very popular. It spread from there and now you’d be hard-pressed to find someone unfamiliar with the name.

Orange julius in a glass with an orange napkin and bottle of orange juice in the background.

Instead of using ice, milk and sweetener, like a lot of Orange Julius recipes out there, we go straight to the ice cream! This makes the drink even easier and quicker to prepare, and it tastes amazing. The ice cream blends up nice and easy.

This is the Orange Julius that I grew up on. It was a staple at our Sunday brunches and now my kids get to experience it too. In fact, I have to be sure to ration it out before they get their hands on it.

Orange julius in a glass and bottle of orange juice in the background.

If you’re feeling adventurous, you could even toss in a variety of berries, whichever you like best or have on hand! Make it a fun adult-version by adding some white rum or vodka and some orange liqueur. Anyone? Michelle?

It can be stored in the fridge for a day or two, but it won’t be the same as the freshly blended stuff.

Did this homemade version of Orange Julius meet your expectations? Let us know in the comments and please share!

Orange julius in a glass on a napkin and bottle of orange juice in the background.

Homemade Orange Julius Recipe (Copycat)

Joss D
Made from fresh orange juice, sweet vanilla and creamy scoops of ice cream, this recipe is a near-perfect copycat of the Orange Julius you'd get at the mall.
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 292 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 3 cups ice cream
  • 3 cups orange juice
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

Instructions
 

  • Blend all ingredients in a blender, until smooth.
  • Serve!

Equipment

Blender

Nutrition

Calories: 292kcalCarbohydrates: 43gProtein: 5gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 44mgSodium: 81mgPotassium: 569mgFiber: 1gSugar: 37gVitamin A: 789IUVitamin C: 94mgCalcium: 147mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition information on In the Kitch is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. It may not include toppings and/or dipping sauce.

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