How to make an Orange Julius?
I experimented one weekend with some of the online recipes and didn't think Alton's came close; the milk made the drink heavy and it tasted like a creamsicle. Not a bad thing at all and many like this drink, but it wasn't anything like what I remembered. Ditto using powdered milk. The powdered egg whites version made a huge difference. I ended up tweaking one of the recipes using Deb-El powdered egg whites with malt flavoring, which is a key ingredient and this is the recipe I used:
(about 3 Servings)
2 cups orange juice (any)
3/4 cup clear water
2 cups shaved or crushed ice
1/2 cup simple syrup*
5 Tablespoons Deb-El powdered egg whites
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon Barley-Malt syrup (or malt flavoring)
a few drops of lemon juice (optional, to enhance acidity in oj)
Put orange juice in blender. Add water and ice. Add "secret ingredients". Blend until smooth.
*Simple Syrup: 2 parts sugar, 1 part water, bring to a boil and set aside to cool.
If you like Alton's no need to try this, but I don't think anything else that I tried came closer.
Orange Julius is fresh squeezed orange juice, milk, sugar, vanilla extract and ice cubes. Or orange juice, egg white, water, sugar, vanilla extract and ice, or even powdered milk and simple syrup along with orange juice; take your pick. I prefer the orange juice/milk combo. You'll need to experiment a bit to find what is closest to the flavor you remember.
Here's Alton Brown making his version. I like the orange zest addition:
Enjoy your new blender.