Friday, June 17, 2011

Orange Juli-ish

"Old as she was, she still missed her daddy sometimes."

 ~Gloria Naylor

I grew up drinking Orange Julius. There was a location in every mall in Orange County it seemed like, (this is before they joined DQ) and I grew up at the mall. I thought every body did. Now that I live in rural Western Washington where the nearest mall is about 45 minutes away, (and it's not even a good mall)  I see how naive and ignorant I was in my thinking.

Orange County, California does have the best malls around I must say. South Coast Plaza being the best, still after all these years. As a child I rode that Merry Go Round. As a teen I shopped for school clothes in it's stores, and as a young adult I drank in it's bars.

And why not spend time at the mall? Especially in the Summer when school is out and it's 95 degrees outside. There is the movie theater, shopping, restaurants. In fact something my dad and I frequently did on weekends was eat at a restaurant in a mall, and then walk around the shops. Sometimes an inside mall, sometimes an outdoor mall, like Fashion Island or Irvine Spectrum. And like a good dad he would go with me in the stores and act interested in whatever I showed him. That is in fact one of the things I miss most about living in Orange County, the mall times with my dad. On this Fathers Day, I wish I was spending time with him doing something he wants to do! Happy Fathers Day, Dad. I hope to see you soon!

This drink is a spin off of an Orange Julius, but it's much creamier, and I think much better. It reminds me more of a 50/50 bar, or a creamsicle. A delicious and refreshing Summer drink, whatever you call it.

Make it an adult drink by adding a few shots of rum or vodka. Vanilla Absolut would be divine.

A little birdie snacking on my lettuce

Orange Juli-ish

makes 2 drinks

inspired by
this recipe from


6 ounces (177 ml.) frozen orange juice concentrate
1 cup (250 ml.) milk
1/2 cup (125 ml.) water
1/3 cup (67 g.) sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup (125 ml) whipped cream, or cool whip
1 cup (138 g.) ice, (if you don't have a strong blender like a Vita Mix, you may need to crush the ice first.)

2 shots of alcohol, vodka, rum, or vanilla Absolut. -optional


Add everything to the blender except ice. Blend well. Then add the ice and blend until smooth.


Amanda said...

I LOVE orange julius'! I'm def. going to make this.

I also love that picture of the bird, it's adorable!

Screaming Sardine said...

Yummy! I love Orange Julius and haven't had it in ages. I really need to make some. Thanks for the recipe.

Tracy Screaming Sardine

Noey said...

I miss Orange Julius! Used to be one in the local mall when I was a wee kidlet, but it got closed out. I was so sad! I'm DEFINITELY getting the stuff to make this over the weekend. Thank you so much for sharing and bringing back such a tasty childhood memory! :-)

Anonymous said...

Now I'm craving an Orange Julius! Looks yummy!

Jenn said...

I LOVE Orange Julius! I will be trying your homemade version! Love your blog!

Jeanie said...

Sounds like summer in a glass. Thanks.

Erin said...

stopping by from sweet as sugar cookies. these look delicious! perfect for a summer treat!

Hitchhiker42 said...

Oooh, Vanilla Absolut sounds nice. How about Grand Marnier?

Kim McCallie said...

My kids would love this! It looks delicious and refreshing. I'd like to invite you to share your recipes on A Well-Seasoned Life's Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

JudyBug said...

I love Orange Julius! We would go to the mall to get these when I lived in OKC. I will have to make these!

Anonymous said...

Orange Julius is the best! There's one in the Tacoma Mall in Tacoma, WA that I hit up all the time. I'll have to try this version out! :)

Lovely Light said...

Hi there- found you through Be Different's hop and am a new follower. This looks so good! I does bring some feelings of nostalgia back! They don't make things like this were we live. I hope you have time to follow my life in South Africa by

Have a great weekend!

Jori said...

Cute doggie!

I love orange Julius! I think strawberry julius are good too.

Byrd said...

Coming over from the tea party.

I love orange julius. I also grew up with them around and living in the mall. lol

cant wait to try it!

Unknown said...

Can hardly wait to try this. The kid-lings will love it.
Thank you for sharing.

Have a beautiful PS weekend.

Anna said...

I LOVED orange Julius! Thanks for the recipe! Stopping by from lady bloggers!

Classic NYer said...

What a sweet story about your father... and that drink sounds yummy as well.

Stopping in from the lbs tea party.

The Sweet Details said...

Hey! Just wanted to invite you over to share one of your wonderful recipes at my link party- Savory Sundays!! Have a great week!!

BK said...

Saw this on Sweets for a Saturday -- this is how we made it growing up, too! I always thought it was a cool drink because my grandpa's name was Julius. :) We just didn't use the whipped cream. Thanks - I'll have to make this again, soon!

Unknown said...

OooOoOo that sounds so lovely. I'm going to try and make a vegan version out of that =D

Unknown said...

Oh and by the way, I'm from the Lady Blogger Tea Party =3 Cute birdie in the pic ^__^

Slice of Southern said...

I love orange julius! Great post! I grew up with them in LA also...not sure that Orange county malls are the best though, LOL! The galleria in SFV had a song...Valley Girl!

The Alchemist said...

slice of southern- I lived in LA for many years, so I hear you, I like the galleria, and I used to love The Beverly Center. Now I enjoy hanging out at The Grove. So yeah, LA malls are good too. That's my second favorite place to go to malls. Just the OC has a special place in my heart I guess.

Ali said...

Vanilla vodka would taste awesome in that. I worked at an orange julius in highschool. I drank waaay too many of their smoothies, haha.

If you are interested, I’d love for you to submit this to my refreshing Summer drinks roundup over at my blog. (Link is in my sidebar) Have a great week :)

Krissa said...

This sounds delicious! And I love that there aren't eggs in it...something about raw eggs doesn't work for me...most of the Orange Julius type recipes I've seen have eggs. Glad to have this one to try!

bj said...

OMYGOSH...I love Orange Julius sooo much and both daughter and I cried when they went out of business.
My daughter even worked at one..IN THE MALL..:))...once.
I will fix this tonight...she will be so impressed.:)

I am hooking up to follow you to the ends of the earth if you keep giving us recipes like this. :)))
xo bj

jessie said...

This looks great! Thank you for sharing.

Michelle at Ordinary Meets Clever said...

ohhh, you have kicked me right back to circa 1980 ....:)
I love love Orange Julius'! Making this tonight!
thanks for sharing!


Brandi said...

I love Orange Julius and my husband does too. he'll think I'm the greatest if i make this for him. thank you so much for sharing.

The Tablescaper said...

I haven't had an Orange Julius in years. I can't wait to try this!

Thanks for being a part of Seasonal Sundays.

- The Tablescaper

Lisa said...

I remember those drinks too. Yours looks every bit as good as the ones they sold. It made the Top 5 for last week's Sweets for a Saturday.

Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things} said...

Hmm.. This looks delicious!
Thank you so much for linking to {nifty thrifty things} last week!
I hope to see you again tomorrow!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing your yummy recipe with us at Cast Party Wednesday. I hope you come back and visit us tomorrow.
Thanks again.
I hope to see you there!

Anonymous said...

Awesome thanks for the recipe! I also live in Western Washington. (Blaine) Our "local" mall in Bellingham has an Orange Julius.

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