Introduction: Orange Julius: Summer in a Glass

About: Oh wow a lot can change in three years. can't say I forgot about this place but got pushed away from it a little.

Summer. Running through sprinklers. Soaking up rays in the backyard. Playing catch with a frisbee in the park. But what made all of these memories enjoyable, rather than a hot sweaty miserable day where you didn't want to move or go outside? Orange Julius. Whenever mom brought out the blender, you knew it was summer, and here is my tribute to that.

Step 1: Ingredients

The beautiful thing about a classic orange julius is that its so simple to make and is always refreshing. This one I did dress up a little bit. We're gonna need:

1 12oz can frozen orange juice concentrate
1 cup milk
1 cup water
6 ice cubes
1/2 cup of raspberry sorbet

Now if you don't want to add the raspberry sorbet, just substitute it with a quarter cup of sugar. I used the sorbet because well, we had it. And it also added some extra sweetness and tartness that blended beautifully with the orange.

Step 2: Mix It Up

Now there isn't a lot to putting this together, but there is a bit of a method to the madness.

First off you want to pull the orange juice out of the freezer and leave it in the fridge or on the counter, five, maybe ten minutes. This will let it soften up without thawing out completely, which makes it easier to get it out of the can.

Also you don't want to throw in everything at once. Start with the juice, sorbet, milk, and water. Go ahead and blend these up until its smooth, then add the ice one or two cubes at a time. The idea is while the end result is frosty and delicious, you don't end up with big chunks of ice that don't get pulled down into the blades. Another tip regarding that is to not crank the blender all the way up to liquify. At a faster speed the blades just knock the ice back up. At a slower speed like chop or grate (both middle speeds, 5 and 8 on a 12 speed blender) it will pull the ice downwards and crush it up better.

Step 3: Pour and Enjoy

Now while this isn't the chunky, icy, almost slushie like treat of my youth, it is an incredibly smooth counterpart that is perfectly chilled for the hot days of summer.


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