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Orange Julius Orange Julius Recipe
Orange Julius Orange Julius
By Todd Wilbur

Recipe Type: Drink
Calories: 175
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Recipe Rating: 4.6 (75 reviews)

Coffeehouses have replaced many of the old Orange Julius stands, but there's still a nostalgic group of us who long for the frothy juice drinks invented decades ago by Julius Freed. Today Orange Julius has tailored its business to meet the changing demands of its customers by including several varieties of fruit drinks and updated smoothies on its menu. But its the foamy fruit juice creation developed in the late twenties that made the company famous, and that's what I've cloned here in an improved version that's found in the book Top Secret Recipes - Sodas, Smoothies, Spirits, and Shakes. The flavor and consistency is better now, plus we use the blender to dissolve the sugar before adding the ice. Use pasteurized egg whites found packaged in your local supermarket or just use egg substitute, which is also made from pasteurized egg whites.

1 1/4 cups orange juice
1 cup water
3 tablespoons egg white or egg substitute
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups ice

Combine all of the ingredients except ice in a blender and blend on high speed for 15 to 30 seconds or until the sugar is dissolved. Add the ice and blend for another 10 to 15 seconds or so, until ice is mostly crushed yet still a bit coarse.

Makes 2 16-ounce drinks.

Submitted on: 03/13/14
It's so good. I used original coffee mate powder. & sunny D. Really frothy and not too sweet.
Submitted on: 02/23/14
I used greek yogurt instead of egg white. Delicious!! Even my picky kid loved it!!!
Almosy right....but wrong
Submitted on: 01/08/14
The original doesn't use milk. The secret ingredient is Meringue powder, not egg whites. Wilton sells some in cake decorating area at craft store/walmart.
Submitted on: 12/20/13
VVV Good. Just like the stores. And even better with fresh squeezed juice.
Submitted on: 11/16/13
Almost like the real thing. OJ has different flavors now, wish I knew how to make the triple berry OJ
Orange Julius
Submitted on: 10/13/13
Very close to the original, but some of the others got it right with the milk.
Submitted on: 10/07/13
this turned out awesome
More oranges
Submitted on: 10/06/13
I used two large oranges instead of the juice and I added 1/4 cup of milk and 1/4 of Greek yogurt. I also used a Vita mix. Exact!
Ray Zindrick  
Submitted on: 09/24/13
We have our OJ here in Tomahawk, WI, thanks to DQ, the beaches of CA come to mind when I have one, a time of war and peace in the early 70&# 039;s when I was USMC. I varied my recipe by using 1% Heifer Dust (millk) and the most locally produced Maple Syrup instead of sugar, OMG!!! The syrup is beyond sweet, cannot be frozen, yet pours and blends easily. I am very pleased and save huge, I also blend in other flavors, but the syrup is the best. Cheers
Submitted on: 08/20/13
Great recipe! Add some vanilla ice cream it's good
Close as you can get
Submitted on: 08/15/13
Powdered egg whites work as well.
Orange Julius
F, King  
Submitted on: 08/13/13
Great, Great, Great. Just what I remember.
orange julius
linda bowers  
Submitted on: 07/14/13
dakota b  
Submitted on: 06/29/13
It tasted just like it came right from Orange Julius
Powdered sugar
Submitted on: 05/29/13
Try it with powdered sugar and no vanilla, that's how we used to do it back in the 70's
Submitted on: 05/24/13
Very good! I used 1/2 cup of milk instead of water & 1 heaping tbsp. of coffee creamer instead of egg white.
Submitted on: 05/07/13
I used this recipe in my new Vitamix. I substituted one whole orange, peeled, for the orange juice, 1/4 c milk for the egg white, and 2 T vanilla agave for the sugar and vanilla. Yum, yum!
Submitted on: 05/01/13
Was way too foamy and separated quickly. Flavor was missing something compared to the real thing.
Submitted on: 04/25/13
I use 2 cups orange juice, 1 cup milk, 1 whole egg. It taste great if you freeze it like ice cream.
Submitted on: 04/08/13
This is great. I used vanilla coffee creamer instead of water and 3 tbsp of powdered coffee creamer and omitted the sugar and vanilla. The whole family loved it. Now I won't have to pay a fortune at the mall for a OJ.
Submitted on: 03/06/13
I used original Sunny-D instead of the orange juice and it is WAY WAY better!! it makes is more smoothie like also. :)
Submitted on: 03/02/13
My neighbor gave us 5 oranges and it was more than enough for this recipe. It has been too long for me to really remember what the original taste like but this was delicious anyway. My kids loved it. It was their first one ever. Thanks.
Submitted on: 02/19/13
I tried it exactly to this recipe and it was pretty close to the original, but the next time I made it, I used powdered coffee creamer instead of egg whites and I used 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup sugar + 1 whole orange sectioned! It was identical to the original!!
Dorothy Reimer  
Submitted on: 06/22/12
I love this recipe, my niece would come over for a sleepover & ask me to make it for her now she is grown & is asking me for the recipe.
So good!
Kersten Weaver  
Submitted on: 05/01/12
Omg! This is so dang good! Just like I remember :) I used fresh squeezed oranges and one vanilla pod (scrapped the inside) and then I added half a cup of cream and half a cup of water. It really didn't need much added sugar, I put in about 6 packets of Splenda! Awesome!!
very close
Submitted on: 04/10/11
This is very close to the original. I used 1/2 cup milk and only 1/2cup of water. Came out very good.
Submitted on: 06/19/10
I used Stevia instead of the sugar. Same great taste and no sugar!
Submitted on: 05/19/10
I used powdered egg whites from the cake decorating department at Walmart. Very Good!!!
Submitted on: 05/16/10
Ahhh... Just what I was looking for. Excellent recipe. I would suggest trying it as is before making any modifications to it. I doubled the vanilla as some suggested and it was a bit too strong for my liking. Overall an excellent recipe.
Submitted on: 12/24/08
The missing top secret ingredient to every Julius drink is... flat orange pop. Watch them make it when you are at the mall. It took me a but to figure it out. try it and you'll be shocked, promise.
smoothie lovers  
Submitted on: 09/24/08
My husband and I are always on the lookout for great smoothie recipes. this one definately ranks high on the list!
Seattle Girl  
Submitted on: 07/12/08
Because I had an orange julius for almost every day for five weeks in the summer (go pacific northwest ballet intensive) i can tell a slight difference. To make it real, use half milk, half water. Naked juice or fresh squeezed works best. Also double the vanilla and add a tad less sugar. It is the real thing.
Dank Munchies.  
Submitted on: 06/16/08
This is definitely it. I doubled the vanilla extract and used milk. Tastes exactly like the real deal!
Submitted on: 04/08/08
I remember in the early seventies you had the option of having yours made with a whole egg added to it. I went with this option myself, processing it and the sugar into a zabaglione creme before adding orange juice and water and then the ice. Perfect substitution, and tastes like I remember, if not better.
Submitted on: 02/09/08
I use milk insted of the water it taste way better.
Chris From Toronto Canada  
Submitted on: 12/19/07
This recipe is exactly it! The taste is eactly the same but... The first time I made it, I used Tropicana Orange juice because its my favorite but it didn't quite taste right and I knew it was the orange juice. The next day I bought Minute Maid (Simply Orange - the blue one with calcium)and WOW now it tastes perfect!
Peggy k  
Submitted on: 08/26/07
Tastes like the one I remember.
andy l.  
Submitted on: 05/12/07
This is an awesome replication...i've tried it substituting orange sorbet with ice cubes...a little more than these guys suggest...and it came out great!
Andrew Bajorek  
Submitted on: 03/15/07
Cripes! What a great recipe - tastes just like the same thing - and it's not bad for you at all! For you weight watchers people - this is only 3 points for the WHOLE THING, so chalk it up to maybe 1.5-2 pts per serving...good times!
josh smith  
Submitted on: 12/18/06
This recipe is great! I am a chef at two different restaurants and every time i make this for my self I have to make one for everyone in the kitchen.
Submitted on: 12/12/06
I made these for Latin Club in high school years ago. It's creamier if you use frozen orange juice mix instead of regular orange juice
maria t.  
Submitted on: 12/07/06
I think this recipe tastes just like the one at the store.. maybe even better:}
Brenna M.  
Submitted on: 08/19/06
This is just like the real stuff at the mall. and i have taken an Orange Julius home to compare it and voila!!! It tastes the same. If you dont like it you made it wrong!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!;)
Submitted on: 07/21/06
Very good recipe. Tastes great. I sometimes replace the egg with a scoop of vanilla ice cream...fantastic.
J Deitz  
Submitted on: 05/31/06
Instead of vanilla extract use instant vanilla pudding mix
Submitted on: 05/28/06
It tastes exactly the same as if you went to the mall and got one! It's delicious!
Submitted on: 05/20/06
It was just OK. I think it tastes better at the actual Orange Julius
Submitted on: 04/18/06
Wonderful!!!! I love this drink it reminds me of the times I used to spend with my grandmother after church on lazy sunday afternoon this recipe was just as great as the one she used to make, I give it a two thumbs-up!!
Submitted on: 04/01/06
AWESOME!!! I have tried other versions of this recipe, but none tasted so wonderful as this!
Submitted on: 03/30/06
is almost exactly like the real thing the closest o.j. is 45 min away so i dont get it that much but this is sooo easy
Submitted on: 03/14/06
It was very good! Worked real nice. Could've been more creamy though.
Taylor Mccann  
Submitted on: 01/22/06
To make it taste like an creamsicle use 3 scoops of vannila ice cream. It tastes wonderful. Also I tried it with pina colada juice and it taste good so any fruit juice would probably work.
Submitted on: 01/19/06
Very good just like at the Mall. My version I substitute Carnation French Vanila creamer and leave out the vanilla extract. Delicious!!!
Submitted on: 01/02/06
I have always used Dream Whip Powder instead of the egg whites - that is what I was told they used at OJ years ago. The drink is wonderful!
Submitted on: 01/02/06
Tastes almost like the real thing. Going to try just the OJ with no water next time I make this drink. I used dry egg whites instead of raw and it worked better, more froth.
jerry czecbenllen  
Submitted on: 12/22/05
It was not that good but maybe i did it the wrong way.
Submitted on: 12/21/05
Very Good recipe. I use Bar Foamer instead of the egg whites.
Submitted on: 12/20/05
Coffee Creamer is a great substitue for Egg whites. If you like strong orange flavor then add less water and more OJ. I also used honey instead sugar for added flavor. Just make sure you blend before you add ice.
Submitted on: 12/08/05
This recipe is grande! If you add 3 scoops of vanilla ice cream and dont add vanilla or eggs-It will taste very tastey....GRANDE!
Submitted on: 11/22/05
Orange julius has always been a favorite drink of mine. now i can make it any time i want without it costing a fortune. i have even used this recipe to make some money for the cancer foundation.
Submitted on: 11/16/05
I made this last night and it was great. I didn't add the water at first, but it sure needed it. And I used 8 Splenda packs instead of sugar, and put in a little coffee creamer. DELICIOUS!!!
Submitted on: 11/13/05
I leave out the water and egg whites. I use a heaping Tablespoon of coffee-mate plus 1 teaspoon of coconut milk powder. Everything else the same, blend and serve..
Submitted on: 11/08/05
Raw Egg... Yuck. That's all i could think when i drank it.
Diane S.  
Submitted on: 09/16/05
How wonderful it is to being able to make this drink without paying the high prices they charge in the malls.
Submitted on: 09/11/05
Amazing! This is the best recipe for orange julius I have ever tasted!
Submitted on: 09/03/05
This recipe is great!!AAAA+++++! But i thought it was a little foamy so go down on the whites.
bobbie godfrey  
Submitted on: 08/30/05
I remember using powdered milk instead of water. Made it really creamy.
Submitted on: 08/30/05
About 12 oz. of OJ and a small scoop of a good french vanilla ice cream make a great orange julius.
Submitted on: 08/30/05
I've searched for a long time for the right way to make the perfect orange julius and here it is!!! Thanks much Top Secret Recipes.
the wild asparagus  
Submitted on: 08/27/05
Excellent!! I used all orange juice instead of the water it calls for and it turned out great!!
Lesley Ayling  
Submitted on: 08/14/05
Having never succeeded in cloning this recipe I was having to do without my favorite drink till I could buy it now I can have anytime. Thank top secret recipe
Submitted on: 08/07/05
Pretty good, watch out with the vanilla or it will overpower the recipe, less eggwhites if you want it less frothy. Maybe lower the water content so that the orange flavour stands out. Ice content, adjust according to your taste, if you like it corse don't blend for so long.
Submitted on: 07/27/05
This tastes just like the real McCoy! Now I dont have to brave the crowds at the mall--I'll just whip up my own orange julius and shop on-line!
Submitted on: 07/24/05
Fantastic! I've tried every way imaginable over the years and come close but not good enough. Never dreamed of using egg whites!
Bob Thain  
Submitted on: 07/24/05
This is great! I tried for years to recreate the recipe and this is better than what I could have gotten at the mall.