Make your own Orange Julius at home

May 13, 2015, 10:52 PM |
Make your own Orange Julius

"In 1926, a man named Julius Freed opened a fresh-orange-juice shop in downtown Los Angeles, initially ringing up sales of $20 per day."   Freed's friend, Bill Hamlin, "... came up with an idea for a compound, using all natural ingredients, that would give his orange juice a creamy, frothy texture."  Soon, they were ringing up $100 per day in sales.

Thus, the world's first "smoothie" was invented - the Orange Julius.

Though today the recipe has been changed for mass marketing, here is what the original consisted of:


1 cup fresh squeezed orange juice

1 cup water

2 whites (or pasteurized egg whites in a carton, or powdered egg whites)

3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1 cup shaved ice


Place all ingredients in a blender a mix on high speed for 30 seconds.

Makes two drinks


Several of the copy-cat recipes use milk.  This was reportedly not used in the original.  The modern recipe does use a secret powder that contains egg white solids and whey.

Strawberry Julius - use 1 cup of fresh-sliced or frozen (thawed) strawberries, in place if the orange juice

Pineapple Julius - use an entire 8-oz can of crushed pineapple in juice, in place of orange juice

Add additional fruits, such as banana, mixed berries, tangerines (a personal favorite).  Add plain or flavored yoghurt. 

You can use Spenda Blend in place of the sugar.  I read an intrigueing suggestion that Freed may have used orange bloosom honey as a sweetener.  If so, try 1/8th cup of honey instead of 1/4th cup of granulated sugar.  Remember, the original was all-natural.