The Best Orange Julius Recipe

By Ethan Chris
Updated December 18, 2015
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The Best Orange Julius RecipeDairy Queen is known all over the country for its Orange Julius recipe. Unsurprisingly, the company claims that it is a secret recipe that they will never share with the world. However, most people who have ever tried a Dairy Queen Orange Julius will do all they can to attempt to replicate it. While I cannot guarantee that this is the exact recipe that Dairy Queen uses, on account of it being confidential so they won't tell me, I can tell you that it tastes basically exactly the same. And, personally, I like mine better because I put it in a mason jar, which looks so much nicer than those big plastic cups Dairy Queen will provide you. This really is the perfect drink for that hot summer day.

What few people know is that the Orange Julius recipe does not actually originate from Dairy Queen. Rather, it is a very traditional drink that was invented by someone called Julius Freed (hence the name). It was a popular drink many decades ago, and coffee houses used to have special stands for those who wanted something sweet and refreshing, instead of bitter and hot. Dairy Queen popularized this, which is why many people associate the drink with Dairy Queen. Below is what I believe is the real recipe for this drink.


First, you need to get your ingredients together for this wonderful drink. You will need three quarter cups of frozen concentrate of orange juice. Naturally thaw it first, however, so you do need a good few hours of preparation time for this. You also need one cup of milk. You can make this a slightly healthier drink by choosing low fat milk, but if you want the original Dairy Queen taste, you will have to go for whole milk. You also need one cup of water. My guess is that this is the secret ingredient that they won't tell us about. Most people who experiment with recipes and who try to create something as creamy and lovely as an Orange Julius won't think of putting water in there. You also need a quarter cup plus an extra tablespoon of white granulated sugar and a teaspoon of vanilla extract. Don't be tempted to put more in. Vanilla extract is really strong and going overboard by just a tiny bit will really ruin the overall effect. You also need three tablespoons of egg whites, or an egg white substitute if you don't like eggs. Finally, you need nine ice cubes.

Following the Orange Julius Recipe:

Now comes the really interesting, and most would say surprising, bit. That is when you find out just how easy it is to actually make this drink. Simply add all your ingredients together, except for the ice, and put them in a blender. Blend at high speed for between 15 and 30 seconds, then add the ice and blend again. That really is all there is to it. Pour the mixture in your four masonry jar glasses, pop a straw in, and you're good to go.

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