I’m in New York for a hot-minute for a work-related thing. I’m not here long enough to do any sightseeing (I haven’t been to the Met in years), but always have time for a good meal with old friends, which is exactly what I did last night with Rohini and Rachel at The Smith Midtown (so good). Both live here (Rohini only for a few more days), and both are friends of mine from middle school and high school, back when I was at Park Meadows Mall every other day.
It was on these too-frequent trips to the mall that Rohini and I would stop by the food court for a medium Orange Julius. We were never without it. Today’s Thirsty Thursday is in her honor, and guess what, Orange Julius is surprisingly easy to make at home, surprisingly authentic-tasting too. I try not to think about all of the money we could have saved. I’d be rich.
You’ll need: a can of frozen pulp-free orange juice concentrate (you only need half of it, so save the rest for later, or make a double batch), 1 cup water, 1 cup milk (I used 2% and felt like it most closely resembled the richness of the original drink), half a teaspoon of vanilla, a ¼ cup sugar, and 8 ice cubes.
That’s it. All stuff you likely already have on hand, minus the orange juice concentrate, because you’re better than that.
Start by throwing/gently dropping all of the ingredients except the ice cubes in a blender.
Blend until combined. A few seconds will do.
Next, add the ice cubes one at a time, blending for 3 seconds after each addition. This’ll give it that slightly icy texture similar to the real thing.
Pour into glasses and serve. The recipe makes about 3 servings.
Let me tell you, this stuff is delicious and tastes just like the food-court original. Orangey, just a little creamy, and cool with a little bit of crunch from the crushed ice.
All of my warm, fuzzy memories of teenage trips to the mall came rushing back with the first sip.
And lasted all the way through the last.
I’ll definitely be making Rohini a batch the next time I see her. It’s too easy and too good not to. Here’s to lifelong childhood friends. Cheers!
- 6 ounces frozen orange juice concentrate
- 1 cup 2% milk
- 1 cup water
- scant ¼ cup sugar
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- 8 ice cubes
- Combine all ingredients, except the ice cubes, in blender.
- Blend to combine, about 5 seconds.
- Add ice cubes one at a time, blending for 3 seconds each time.
- Pour into glasses and serve.
- Makes 3 servings