Orange Julius

orange julius

Orange Julius.    The chain of fruit drink beverage stores that some of us grew up with grew out of an orange juice stand which opened  in Los Angeles in 1926 by Julius Freed.   The orange juice was replaced with a frothier, creamier drink in 1929, when Freed’s real estate broker developed the mixture that made the acidic orange juice less bothersome to his stomach.   Sales went up substantially when the new drink was introduced and people began lining up shouting, “Give me an orange, Julius!”….. hence the name.

The Orange Julius was named the official drink of the 1964 New York World’s Fair.


The original Orange Julius Recipe used 1/3 cup OJ concentrate, 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup milk and 1/2 tsp vanilla, blended with ice cubes in a blender.


Or here is one from the 70’s:


For a healthier, refreshing orange drink sure to take you back a few years, here is my vegan option:

Orange Julius
2 clementines or 1 orange
1 – 2 tsp of orange zest
1 cup non-dairy milk (coconut, almond, or rice)
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp xanthan gum (optional – if you want it thicker)
Pinch of Sea Salt (do not skip!)

Mix all in high speed blender.



2 thoughts on “Orange Julius

  1. This looks awesome. I’m going to try it this week andI think my kids will love it. I’m always trying to get more healthy options into them. It just gets harder when they are teens.

    • Thanks, Michele! Hope you enjoy it! I sneak a little spinach in there (no flavor) for my nephew and call it a “Shrek Shake”. Sigh. It’s the only thing that works! 🙂

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