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The Real History of Orange Julius

And the secret ingredient for a spot-on DIY version

Actress Pamela Searle poses as she gets an Orange Julius in Los Angeles circa 1959. Photo: Earl Leaf/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

A recent column in The Wall Street Journal — “Build a Smoother Smoothie. You’ve Earned It” — offers a rum cocktail version of the sherbet-ey Orange Julius, citing a Los Angeles orange juice salesman named Julius Freed as the inventor of the original drink. Having spent several years mulling over the history of this…




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Rachel Wharton

Rachel Wharton

I’m a James Beard Award-winning journalist and author of the book American Food (A Not-So-Serious History) NC >> NYC >>find more of my work at rachelwharton.net

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