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Boozy Tequila Orange Julius

October 16, 2021 | Updated July 13, 2022 | Laura

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A classic orange julius recipe with a boozy twist! This quick and easy orange julius consists of orange juice concentrate, milk, and vanilla. To make it an alcoholic drink, I added in some tequila and triple sec. Yum! You can also add a splash of grenadine to the top to make it extra fun and delicious. It's perfect for a brunch cocktail!

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This cocktail puts a boozy spin on a classic Orange Julius.

If you've never had an Orange Julius before, it's a creamy slushy drink made from orange juice concentrate, vanilla, and milk. We always have them on Christmas morning, and they are one of my favorites.

This Orange Julius, though, has a bit of a twist. It also has tequila and triple sec added for a super refreshing cocktail!

This cocktail made my Trick or Treat Yourself Day extra tasty! My Halloween-themed day consisted of this frozen concoction, an amazing fall fruit and cheese board, and relaxing in the bath. I added a splash of grenadine to this boozy Orange Julius for a splash of "blood" and extra flavor.

Whether you are have a relaxing day, need a cocktail to cool off, enjoying a brunch, or looking for a delicious Halloween cocktail, this drink is perfect!

Boozy Orange Julius Recipe: Ingredients

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✽ Frozen Orange Juice Concentrate: Using orange juice concentrate rather than regular orange juice will give this cocktail so much more flavor!

✽ Milk: A classic Orange Julius has a creamy texture so adding milk is a must! Whole milk will be the creamiest, but 2% milk works as well.

✽ Silver Tequila: Out of all the liquors tried, tequila was my absolute favorite. It tastes like a combination of Orange Julius and a Tequila Sunrise. Yum!

✽ Triple Sec: An orange liqueur adds more yummy orange flavor and booze to the drink!

✽ Sugar: If you don't like your drinks to be super sweet, you can leave out or reduce the amount of sugar. The orange juice concentrate has plenty of sweetness, but I felt like it needed just a tad bit more sugar for my taste.

✽ Vanilla Extract: My favorite part of an Orange Julius is the vanilla flavor. It tastes so good with the orange juice- almost like an orange creamsicle!

✽ Grenadine: While this ingredient is optional, it does add an extra bomb of flavor. Plus, if you are looking for a delicious and simple Halloween cocktail, adding the grenadine on top is the perfect way to add a spooky element.

31 Days of Halloween

This delicious recipe is a part of my 31 Days of Halloween. For each day in October, I come up with a cocktail recipe and snack recipe that perfectly matches a scary movie, Halloween movie, or a fun spooky activity. Check it out for all of your Halloween snack and drinking desires!

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How to Make Boozy Homemade Orange Julius

➊ In a blender, add 6 ounces orange juice concentrate, 1/2 cup milk (4 ounces), 4 ounces silver tequila, 1 ounce triple sec, 1 tablespoon sugar, 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract, and 10-12 ice cubes. Blend until fully combined and frothy.

βž‹ Pour the mixture into 2 cocktail glasses and add 1/4 ounce of grenadine to the top of each glass. If you are feeling fancy, you could also garnish with an orange slice or orange wheel. Cheers!

What to Serve with a Tequila Orange Julius

✽ Fall Fruit and Cheese Board; If you really want impress, make this beautiful fruit & cheese board with this cocktail!

✽ Jalapeno Avocado Cheese Toast with Egg; Brunch food + a boozy orange juice cocktail are a match made in heaven!

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Orange Julius Recipe with Tequila: Questions

✽ What the history of an orange julius?

Julius Freed really liked oranges. In 1926, he opened an orange juice stand with his friend, Bill Hamlin. Bill's stomach became upset when drinking straight orange juice so in attempts to make it less acidic, he combined it with other ingredients- like milk. It was a delicious masterpiece!

It became a favorite with everybody who tried it and soon people would be lined up yelling, "Give me an orange, Julius!"

By the 1950s, Orange Julius was being sold at multiple stores. In 1964, the Orange Julius became the official drink of World's Fair in New York, and after that the company blew up (in the best way possible)!

In 1967, they sold Orange Julius to the people that also own IHOP, but they sold it in 1970. And then in 1987, Dairy Queen bought the company, Orange Julius.

✽ What's in a classic Orange Julius?

An orange julius consists of orange juice, sugar, milk, powdered egg whites, vanilla, and ice.

✽ What other liquor would be good in an Orange Julius?

Instead of tequila, you could use white rum, vodka, or a flavored vodka. Vanilla vodka or whipped cream vodka would be super tasty in this drink.

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Tequila Boozy Orange Julius

Tequila Orange Julius

By Laura | Laura The Gastronaut
Prep Time: 5 minutes | Total Time: 5 minutes
Yield: 2 cocktails

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A classic orange julius recipe with a boozy twist! This quick and easy orange julius consists of orange juice concentrate, milk, and vanilla. To make it an alcoholic drink, I added in some tequila and triple sec. Yum! You can also add a splash of grenadine to the top to make it extra fun and delicious. It's the perfect brunch drink!

*Some of these ingredient links may be affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.*

Ingredients

β€’ 6 ounces frozen orange juice concentrate
β€’ 1/2 cup (4 ounces) milk
β€’ 4 ounces silver tequila
β€’ 1 ounce triple sec
β€’ 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
β€’ 1 tablespoon sugar
β€’ 10-12 ice cubes
β€’ Optional: 1/2 ounce grenadine

Instructions

➊ Add orange juice concentrate, milk, silver tequila, triple sec, vanilla, sugar, and ice cubes to a blender. Blend until fully combined and frothy.
βž‹ Pour mixture into two cocktail glasses. If desired, top each glass with 1/4 ounce of grenadine.

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Keywords: orange julius smoothie, copycat orange julius, Halloween Recipe, frozen tequila sunrise

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October 16, 2021 by Laura Bullock

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