Orange Milkshakes


My little Lanman has been feeling a bit under the weather lately. With all three kids in school, germs spread like wildfire.  To help Landon combat his cold, I encouraged him to drink up lots of orange juice.  Unfortunately, Landon hates orange juice.  I sometimes think that this is because when I was pregnant with him, I was addicted to it. Ignoring his reluctance, I poured him a tall glass of orange juice and told him to drink up.  This whole process took nearly an hour.  Landon whined and complained as he wiggled antsy-ly (is that a word?  Probably not…) in his chair.  He eventually did finish that glass of orange juice, but only after plugging his nose while drinking and taking five-minute breaks between sips. Not wanting to go through that whole ordeal again, I opted to find a way to make drinking orange juice seem fun for a kid.

Knowing that Landon loves smoothies and milkshakes (he has even come up with a few of his own recipes), I decided to try this orange milkshake.  Admittedly, I have never had an Orange Julius. The small town in Northern Maine where I grew up didn’t even get a mall until a year before we moved to Florida. Although it was right down the road, we didn’t make frequent trips to the mall. My family could barely afford a $10 pair of shoes from Kmart (one of the anchor stores in our mall – sad, I know.), so my parents sure weren’t going to give me three bucks to spend on a milkshake.

Not having any expectations to meet made making this orange milkshake enjoyable.  No one was expecting the texture to be a certain way, or the taste to be spot on.  Maybe it’s just me, but I think that far too often I am disappointed by things not turning out just as they are supposed to. Not knowing exactly what to expect allowed us to be more open about the flavors and consistency in this particular milkshake. I personally love citrus but do not usually think about mixing it with milk. I was pleasantly surprised by the frothy layer at the top that gave way to the thick, smooth creamy concoction.  I particularly liked the subtle, warm, hint of vanilla that cut the edge off the bright citrusy orange juice. The best part of all is that Landon actually liked the milkshake and had seconds.  No nose plugging required.

Orange Milkshakes
Serves: 4
Adapted from Food Network Magazine May 2010
  • 1 6-ounce can of frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup milk (I used skim)
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 cup ice
  1. Add all ingredients to a blender, beginning with the liquids, and blend until smooth.


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