Easy Orange Julius Breakfast Drink

The sweet Orange Julius drink you grew up with is easy to make at home–and much better for you! Here’s how to make fresh-squeezed Orange Julius from scratch.
Easy Orange Julius
Orange Julius makes a surprisingly delicious breakfast beverage. Surprising: because you wouldn’t think that milk and oj would play well together in the same glass. Delicious: because actually, they do!

What you get when you mix the following ingredients together is a cold, frothy, sweet beverage that you’ll want to have more often!

My recipe for classic Orange Julius is all-natural and made from fresh orange juice rather than concentrate. You could use pre-squeezed orange juice if you really must, but try it this way at least once. (Because I think you’ll end up doing it like this every time!)

Easy Orange Julius

The sweet Orange Julius drink you grew up with is easy to make at home--and much better for you! Here's how to make fresh-squeezed Orange Julius from scratch. 

Course Drinks
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings 4


  • 1 1/2 cups fresh-squeezed orange juice (3-4 large oranges)
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 10 ice cubes


  1. Cut the oranges in half and juice them. Pour the juice through a strainer to catch the seeds and pulp. Press the pulp with the back of a spoon until all the juice is extracted.

  2. Put the orange juice, milk, honey, and vanilla into a blender. Blend on low speed until well mixed. Add ice cubes in batches, blending after each addition until the ice is well broken up. Serve immediately.

Here are some other easy drink recipes you’ll love:

Blueberry Cordial
Cafe Mocha
Orange and Cinnamon Hot Toddy
Peach Almond Smoothie
Raspberry Ginger Iced Green Tea
Spiced Vanilla Milk
Strawberry Cantaloupe Smoothie
Strawberry Milk
Watermelon Limeade



  1. This looks delicious! I have made a smoothie with orange juice and yogurt which was good. My husband liked the creamsicle flavor. I will have to try this more natural way! Oh and I love the glasses you used, I have the same ones! 🙂

  2. My mom used to make this for us on occasion when I was a kid… but with juice from concentrate (and of course pasteurized milk, which is what I’d still use). Man. I need to get some oranges. That sounds SO good! 🙂

  3. Sounds delicious! I used to love going to the mall for a slice of Sbarro’s pizza and an Orange Julius. 🙂 I’ll definitely have to try this out!

    1. Thanks! I used to work in a mall foodcourt which had both of those restaurants, but I seriously never thought of enjoying those two together! Would’ve been a good idea.

  4. Wow, this looks so good! Now I wish I had fresh oranges haha! Ok, so next grocery trip your blog is going with me for sure!


  5. Hi Elsie,

    This sounds really good! I’m wondering if you have ever tried this recipe with Almond milk–and how it may turn out? (I think I’m going to have to try it soon.) 🙂


    1. Actually, I rarely use almond milk, although I love the taste of it. I think that using it in this recipe would be an excellent idea–the flavour would work well with the honey-sweetness, I bet.

  6. We do this with the whole peeled orange and raw eggs too. I love it in kefir! I remember hearing orange juliuses actually had raw eggs in them originally.

  7. We have made orange julius drinks using kefir which added another amount of healthy “goodness”…. and it tasted great. Thank you for posting this. 🙂

  8. I’m only 44 but I remember going to the mall once I got my drivers license just for Orange Julius, not sure if anyone else remembers but back then you could have a raw egg added to it for 75cents. I always added it because it was even more creamy & delicious. Course I wouldn’t drink a mall made Orange Julius now much less with an egg from who knows where. But at home! With fresh OJ! And raw milk! And a pastured raw egg! OMG YUMMMMMY

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