Did anyone out there ever go to Orange Julius at the mall? (Perhaps you still do?) It was always such a treat when I was growing up. My nostalgia drove me to try the Creamy Orange Shake recipe from the January/February 2004 issue of Everyday Food.
This one isn’t on the Web, so here are the ingredients:
1/2 cup fresh orange juice (from 1 – 2 oranges)
1/4 cup milk
1 tablespoon sugar
1 cup ice cubes
Just throw everything in the blender and blend until the mixture is smooth and frothy. (This took about 2 minutes on the “liquefy” setting for me.) I served mine in tall Tom Collins glasses.
This recipe actually only serves one person, but I doubled it so Dr. O and I could each have one. The flavor and texture isn’t quite like an Orange Julius, but it’s a refreshing and healthy way to start the day. If you want to step up the presentation, garnish each glass with an orange wheel. (This occurred to me, of course, after all of my oranges were squeezed and in the trash can.)
TIPS: I’ve consistently found that Everyday Food‘s smoothie-type recipes tend to run on the not-so-sweet side. I’ll probably double the sugar or add honey to sweeten things up a bit more next time.