Sweet little clementines are now in season. We are consuming them like crazy, making our breaths citrus-sweet most the time. I’ve told Boy he needs all the vitamin C he can get to be big and strong. And he goes around telling that to anyone who would listen.
Then I noticed that the last bag I bought is being emptied at a slower rate. It was time to get creative with oranges.
All my life, I have been skeptic of creamy citrus drinks. Then I discovered Brazilian Limeade and was hooked. In my quest to find even more interesting drink recipes, I came across the Orange Julius from DQ. A creamy concoction made of sweet oranges and cream/milk blended together with ice cubes, make for a simple yet interesting combination.
You can use orange juice, bottled or freshly squeezed. I actually blended the whole oranges. A neat trick to keep the smoothie from being too watered down by the ice is to partially freeze the orange segments. You can also freeze the cream or milk in ice trays, but that would mean more clean up. So freezing oranges it is!
I also refrain from straining the blended oranges to ensure that all the pulp and fiber remains. If you are serving this at a party, you can juice the oranges separately to make a smoother drink.
You will need: (Makes 3 servings)
- Oranges – 4, medium-sized
- Heavy cream, half and half or milk – 1 1/2 cups
- Sugar – 2-3 tbsp, more or less depending on the sweetness of the oranges
- Vanilla extract – 1/2 tsp, optional
- Ice cubes – as needed
- Peel or skin the oranges and freeze them till they firm up a bit. Make sure they are seedless or de-seeded.
- Blend the oranges, cream/milk and vanilla extract. Add sugar to taste (you may not need much if the oranges are really sweet). Add a few ice cubes to bring it to the desired consistency.
You can use soy, almond or coconut milk to make it vegan-friendly.
You would absolutely love this drink if you are an Orange Julius fan. If you have never had it, now is the time to try!
It’s perfect for a lazy morning or weekend brunch!
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