Fresh Orange Frosty Beverage

This Fresh Orange Frosty Beverage is even better than an Orange Julius; it’s made with fresh orange juice and vanilla ice cream!

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First things first. I’ve made a drink without booze in it. Monumental right? There is a story that saw this Fresh Orange Frosty Beverage appear today instead of some fabulous orange tartelettes.

I have a lovely friend who I have known forever in Socialmediaworld (we actually met on Twitter a decade ago!) who recently published her first cookbook and it’s all about oranges. So I thought what better to feature than a recipe from Jamie Schler’s book ‘Orange Appeal – Savory and Sweet‘ on this day devoted to all things citrus.

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I did a recipe from Jamie’s book a couple of months ago and it was a smashing hit. It was one of those desserts that was so good I had some moments of wishing I had not invited my neighbors to join me and had saved this luscious Orange Cake all for myself. My hips though are still thanking me for my generosity.

Jamie’s book is filled with items both Savory and Sweet; as a matter of fact I was a contributor for her book and shared this recipe for a Quinoa Salad with Oranges, Pecans and Cranberries…it is so good, it started my love affair with quinoa.

This time around I had initially determined that I would go for a more savory treat, but who am I kidding? I love making desserts and had carefully curated her book to find the perfect thing.

I had set aside the time and was ready to get to work Saturday morning on some adorable Orange Tartlettes with a Coconut Crust. I am the type that lives by ‘mise en place’ and was getting all of my ingredients ready when…really? No coconut?

I mean really? I had just shared on Facebook that a neighbor had called needing some chicken bouillon and of course I had four different types, how on earth did I run out of coconut. No shredded. No flakes. Nothing!

Fresh Orange Frosty Beverage with Whipped Cream and Maraschino Cherry

Once I gathered myself and knew I had to punt, I needed something I could now accomplish in a shorter time frame; something that would not require a grocery trip. The Fresh Orange Frosty Beverage might have been near the end of the book but it was still my saving grace.

I loved this beverage so much I think this misdirection was meant to be. I’ve always loved the combination of vanilla ice cream and orange…remember Orange Creamsicles? Always my favorite as a kid from the ice cream man; this is even better.

They are Jamie’s dad’s version of that popular beverage from an Orange Julius…which I discovered is no longer a stand alone business; wow it has been awhile, they’re now owned by Dairy Queen!

I guess it was a lifetime ago when I remember taking my kids to a mall now long gone for an Orange Julius treat in the summer. Now I’m excited that I can create my own whenever I want. I also cannot wait to have the kidlets on my street come visit me; how could they not love this (and they did!)?

Jamie’s recipe called for using either frozen concentrate and water or fresh squeezed orange juice. With a large basket of beautiful Cara Cara oranges on my counter (notice how my drink is the slightest bit pink – that’s why!), it’s understandable why I went that direction…and you should too.

Absolutely out of this world. Or was it following the lead of Jamie’s son and adding some vanilla ice cream to the mix? Oh, OK, maybe it was that too! It was my idea to top it with some whipped cream and a cherry…ice cream makes that a requirement, right?

Altogether this Fresh Orange Frosty Beverage made for a wonderfully refreshing treat. I cannot lie; given the right time and place I might be convinced to slip some vodka into the mix; old habits die hard!

Now go enjoy all of these wonderful citrus recipes from friends; you won’t be disappointed.

Progressive EatsIf it’s the last Tuesday of the month, then it’s time for Progressive Eats, the monthly food and drink extravaganza where my friends and I share a virtual event that mimics the Progressive Dinners of old when participants would go from home to home to enjoy a different course at each location.

With Progressive Eats, a theme is chosen each month, members share recipes suitable for a delicious meal or party, and you can hop from blog to blog to check them out. Each recipe in our menu this month features citrus in some form and is hosted by Laura from Mother Would Know.

A Citrus Feast

Cocktails & Other Beverages

  • Blackberry Lime Margaritas from The Redhead Baker
  • Orange Frosty, from the Orange Appeal Cookbook, Creative Culinary (You’re Here!)


Main Courses

Side Dishes


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Fresh Orange Frosty Beverage with Whipped Cream and Maraschino Cherry

Fresh Orange Frosty Beverage

Fresh Orange Frosty Beverage is the perfect summer treat; it will take you back to childhood and you'll love it just as much as an adult!
5 from 50 or more votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Ice Cream
Cuisine American
Servings 2 Servings
Calories 281 kcal


  • ½ cup cold milk
  • 1 cup orange juice freshly squeezed, approximately 3 oranges
  • Grated orange zest from one orange
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup vanilla ice cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6-8 ice cubes


  • Put milk, orange juice, sugar, ice cream, vanilla extract, and ice cubes into a blender and blend until the ice is crushed and the drink is frothy. Pour into a chilled glass.
  • Top with whipped cream and maraschino cherries.


Substitute fresh orange juice and zest with 1/2 cup cold water and 1/3 cup frozen orange juice.


Nutrition Facts
Fresh Orange Frosty Beverage
Serving Size
1 Serving
Amount per Serving
% Daily Value*
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword frosty, orange, real
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  1. As a kid, one of my favorite treats was an orange creamsicle. This is going on my summer must-make list with my daughter. And as always – your photos are impeccable. Well done Barbara.

  2. This recipe sounds delicious! I already like Jamie’s FB page. She’s amazing! My favorite orange flavor combo is orange and chocolate!

  3. I always loved an Orange Julius but haven’t had one in years! This is going to be a fun drink to make with my grandkids. Thanks so much and happy to be a part of such a talented group!

    1. I’m sure they will love it…and thanks for joining us; I think it’s a great group too and we’re glad to have you be a part of our Progressiveness. 🙂

  4. This looks delicious. I used to love Orange Julius. It was my weakness. I recently tried one at a local DQ and was disappointed. It wasn’t like I remembered. I’m excited to try this recipe! Oh and I liked her on FB.

  5. This orange Julius looks so good! Can’t wait to try it. Liked Jamie on her FB page. I like her posts and will have to spend some there.

  6. One of my favorite memories with my dad was going to the Orange Julius stand. We’d all try to recreate it at home, but to no avail. This will definitely making an appearance soon in our house! Gorgeous. Now I might just sneak a little vanilla vodka in there =)

    1. She forgot to tell me…I only found out when I was perusing the pages so it was sort of exciting! I hope you do enjoy it…the kids on my street have given it a thumbs up!

  7. This looks delightful, and refreshingly perfect for summer – when we finally get around to that here in the mountains. And congrats on being a contributor to Jamie’s lovely book. I went over to like her on FB, liked a few of her posts, and am letting you know!

    1. I hear you…today was the first day I got out to work on garden cleanup and that doesn’t mean it won’t get chilly again either. I love our summers but the last spring? Not so much!

  8. I’ve always loved Orange Julius and now I can make it at home.
    I popped over to Jamie’s Facebook page and look forward to following it. Than you for introducing me to Jamie’s book and recipes. I love all things orange!

  9. Love oranges, and their flavor really does combine well with vanilla ice cream (used to love Creamsicles when I was a kid). This looks great — so very nice and refreshing. And I’ll bet if you thought long enough, you could make a version of this with booze, too. 🙂

  10. This is going to be at the icecream bar at my daughter’s graduation party.. She loves the orange julius! What a yummy treat from Jamie and you!

  11. while this looks great the cake looks even better. I hopped over to the facebook page and gave a thumbs up for the cookbook.

  12. I am so happy you made this, my dad’s, recipe. It actually brings tears to my eyes. Of course, yours is a thing of beauty! And I’m with you about adding ice cream! Thanks so much for all the support for Orange Appeal – and your recipe that I included in its pages (a favorite!)! I cannot wait to see what you make next….

    1. While I did have other plans I’m so very glad this is what I happened on when they got waylaid. This is easy and everyone loves them; that’s a nice thing to have in my repertoire for the kids that pop in. And for me! I still want to make the orange tartlettes; coconut is on my grocery list now!

  13. I did not know you were a contributor! So nice! And this copy cat Orange Julius looks WAY better than any you could ever purchase!!!

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