This Ultimate Orange Julius Drink gives the original orange Julius drink a run for its money. This version made with unsweetened vanilla flavored almond milk and raw honey puts a healthier spin on the drink. Also, ground cardamom serves as an additional brilliant flavoring. Moreover, the choice of oranges used for the freshly squeezed orange juice added to the sweetness. Between the raw honey and the cara cara orange flavor the sweetness is just right. Additionally, to make this drink totally vegan recipe, swap out the raw honey for a vegan friendly sweetener of choice.
Why use cara cara oranges? Cara cara oranges are sweeter in taste and lower in acidity when compared to the typical common naval orange varieties. A great substitute is the blood orange which is similar in sweetness and the pinkish color. The cara cara oranges help to balance the acidity of the orange juice concentrate. This is part of the reason why this Ultimate Orange Julius separates itself from other variations.
What was the original classic orange Julius Drink and how does this version differentiates itself?
Furthermore, while there are many variations of orange Julius, this ultimate orange Julius drink will most likely end up in your regular drink rotation. Further, one sip of this healthier deliciousness will conjure up the experience one get from sipping cold drink from a juice stand on a hot summer day. That’s because the original classic, if you ever drank one, was developed by Julius Freed in 1926 and sold at an orange juice stand. The original orange Julius beverage included a mixture of ice, orange juice, sweetener, milk, powdered egg whites and vanilla flavoring.
Interestingly, this Ultimate Orange Julius Drink distinguishes itself from smoothies and refreshers. The texture of the drink, similar to the original orange Julius, is frothy and creamy. Neither heavy as a smoothie nor as light as a refresher. The drink lies somewhere in-between. Perfect for the summer season, and quite frankly any season, the drink is delicious, fresh and airy. Give it a try! Happy Cooking.
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Ultimate Orange Julius Drink
This ultimate orange Julius drink is the version that will be in your drink rotation regularly. It's very delicious and refreshingly creamy.
- 1/4 cup cold water
- 1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice cara cara oranges are the best. But any sweet juicy kind will do.
- 1/4 cup orange juice concentrate frozen or defrosted
- 2/3 cup unsweetened almond milk vanilla flavored
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon raw honey can substitute your favorite vegan sweetner
- 1 cup ice cubes
Dump all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth, frothy and creamy looking. Pour into your favorite glass and enjoy.