Give your Orange Julius a grown-up boozy twist! A quick and easy 4-Ingredient Orange Julius Cocktail recipe that’s gluten-free, vegan, and makes for a perfect frozen, creamy, and fruit treat! A sippable Creamsicle for adults only!
Have y’all ever had an Orange Julius? The actual branded beverage/treat that stemmed off of Dairy Queen? Basically it is a frozen “smoothie” type of treat that’s a mixture of orange juice concentrate, milk, sugar, vanilla, and a whole bunch of scary things if it’s not homemade. Like a delicious Creamsicle (also a branded frozen dessert). A Creamsicle I’ve had…vanilla ice cream coated in orange popsicle…so good! Never an actual “drinkable” Orange Julius.
An Orange Julius is probably the only time milk and acidic orange juice can be consumed in one fell swoop. That creamy, sweet, zesty, fruity combo is so delicious though. I did have a “prime opportunity” back in high school to try out vast quantities of Orange Julius; alas, I was years into being “free-from“. The vast quantities came from my Latin club’s monthly Orange Julius sales. You guys may remember way back (like first post “way back”), that I was a little Latin prodigy in high school. From Latin I through AP Latin, I was writing, translating, and speaking my little Latin heart out.
With being so immersed in 4 years of Latin, I was also a “member” of the Latin club (I rarely ever went to the meetings, haha!). I assume the reason my teacher was so into making Orange Julius the “sale item” was the “Julius” part (i.e. Julius Caesar). The thing that really grossed me out about the whole sale was that members of the club would bring in bottles of milk and leave them in the Latin room until the end of the school day when the sale would go on and my teacher would whip up Orange Julius down in the “Mall” (the hallway outside the cafeteria). Who knows how long that milk was kept out before it was brought to the classroom, let alone how it was kept cold IN the classroom for a full school day.
Maybe if I’d gone to a meeting or two I’d know how the ingredients were kept (haha!). Thankfully, now-a-days, I can happily whip up an Orange Julius that’s safe, dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan, and perhaps a little more “grown-up”. I’m keeping things simple with just some orange juice, ice, a touch of Swerve, and some Bom Bom Nilli Vanilli, which is an all natural gluten-free & vegan rum with an almond milk base. (Added, bonus, no one has to worry about refrigeration with with “milk”!)
I’m pretty sure (okay, I’m certain), THIS Orange Julius would have had me suspended from school, even though it is 100% more delicious (and healthier!). Now if there was a college Orange Julius sale…maybe (but that’s still cutting it close to 21!). Maybe we’ll just reserve these 4-Ingredient Orange Julius Cocktails for those girl’s nights and weekend brunches. Some orange juice and what I like to call some “boozy vanilla spiked almond milk” seems to be a perfect little sip for brightening up any little occasion 😉
4-Ingredient Orange Julius Cocktail
- 1 Cup 100% Orange Juice
- 1 Cup Bom Bom Nilli Vanilli*
- ½ Cup Erythritol (or preferred granulated sweetener)
- 1½ Cups Ice
- Fresh Orange Slices (optional garnish)
- Simply place all the ingredients in a blender and blend it up!
- Pour into glasses and garnish with an orange slice if desired.
Julius Caesar may not have had access to this Nilli Vanilli when he whipped up some Orange Julius back in the day, but if he had, he’d probably been able to save himself on the Ides of March. He’d have had more friends, because everyone loves a little boozy, creamy, fruity Orange Julius! Now that I think about it, is “Julius” a play on the word “juice”? All that Latin blinds you from the obvious, I guess…
So tell me:
+ Have you ever had an Orange Julius?
+ What language did you take in high school? Latin…because we didn’t have to actually “speak” in conversations like the other languages!
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