Buttermilk Citrus Shakes

I love dessert but who can wait till the end of the day to have it?  Not me.  I refuse to live that way.

That’s why I love having this shake for breakfast.  It tastes like you are having dessert and I am all about that kind of livin’.  I love tricking myself into thinking I am getting a treat before 9 am.  With this shake, it’s not far from the truth.

As we were high-tailing it out of town on Sunday I made these to celebrate the beginning of our vacation.  Of course it delayed us from leaving for about three hours but who cares right?

These Buttermilk Citrus Shakes are a wonderful combination of fresh orange and lemon juice.  The buttermilk not only gives this shake a zippy-tangy flavor but it makes it low in fat.  What could be more perfect.  The citrus zing really gives you the get up and go you need in the wee morning hours.  

It is super easy to make and tastes like an Orange Julius.  Does anyone remember those?

It is also my entry into a blogging roundup event happening over at Mike’s Table called You Scream, I Scream, We All Scream for Frozen Desserts!  If you have never been to Mike’s site you must visit.  He lives in Florida and cooks up fabulous recipes I find myself drooling over several times a week.  When I grow up I want to cook like him!  The roundup will take place at his site on July 7th. Make sure you stop by his place to see all the wonderful submitted recipes.

Anyway, let’s make these delectable breakfast desserts and put your morning coffee to shame!  (Okay I will never dis my morning java again.  It was a mistake.  O Great One of Coffee, if you heard - just forget what I said).

Here’s what you’ll need to bring sunshine to your morning blah’s:  Buttermilk, fresh orange juice, fresh lemon juice, vanilla extract, sugar water, ginger snaps, lemon zest, lemon slices and ice cubes. 

To your blender add sugar water (1/4 cup sugar and 1/4 cup hot water stirred until dissolved), 1 cup buttermilk, 1 cup fresh orange juice, 2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract and 2 cups ice cubes.  Make sure you add the ice last or you will lock the blades of your blender up.  It’s not pretty.

Puree all the ingredients on high until the ice is completely chopped.

Garnish each shake with 1 teaspoon crushed ginger snaps, 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest and lemon slices.

I told you it was so easy! 

Now go forth and turn breakfast into dessert.  You’ll be glad you did.

Buttermilk Citrus Shakes
adapted from Cuisine at Home

1/4 sugar
1/4 cup hot water
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup fresh orange juice
2 T. fresh lemon juice
1/2 t. vanilla extract
Sugar Water
2 cups ice cubes
Garnish with:
4 t. ginger snaps, crushed
2 t. lemon zest
Lemon slices

Combine sugar and hot water in a small bowl; stir until dissolved.

Puree all ingredients in a blender.  Be sure to add the ice last so it doesn’t lock the blades.

Garnish each serving with 1 teaspoon crushed cookies, 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest and a lemon slice.  Serve immediately.

Enjoy these, they are a fun way to start your day!

Also, don’t forget to get your entries in for the Potato Ho Roundup happening right here on July 16th.  I’m looking forward to seeing all your creations.

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  1. Tipper 1

    I think even my kids would like this one-looks like it would be good on a hot day too.

  2. Yummy! Will have to make these…nice and fresh and tart…

  3. HoneyB 3

    They look gorgeous! Who wouldn’t want to see this on their breakfast table – and its healthy to boot!

    Thanks for the link to Mike’s site!

  4. Paula 4

    Looks like a refeshing way to start a hot summer day:) Beautiful photos!

  5. It looks great but now we need a blender. Perhaps my daughter has one.

  6. Philly 6

    I love Mike’s Table !

  7. Cathy, those look amazing! And perfect for summer!

  8. Don’t dis the Morning Coffee!! But those look great!!

  9. Trisha 9

    These look wonderful! I think I am going to try this recipe!

  10. Whitney 10

    What!? Those look incredible. I skipped breakfast this morning and I need that. Now!! link to glamlifehousewife.blogspot.com

  11. Alisa 11

    Yummy! Again. I think I’ll be sending the bill for all my new elastic waisted pants straight to you ok? You don’t mind right?

  12. These look super tasty! I’m going to have to give it a try some morning.

  13. These look so yummy – I just need the right glasses – seems all the ones I have are Wine glasses..


  14. linds8 14

    I love Orange Julius! I will have to try these soon. They look so good! Thanks for sharing!
    link to thelifeoflindseyd.blogspot.com

  15. You are SO awesome…I’m drooling over here!!!

  16. Ann 16

    ooh… that looks wonderful!

  17. I’d never thought of using buttermilk. What a great idea! We love the home made (and not so home made) Orange Julius.

  18. christine 18

    i remember orange julius, it was my favorite drink as a child but no one else i’ve ever met is familiar, it’s like a creamsicle on the rocks, yummy

  19. Sandie 19

    Mmm… I could so chug down a glass of this RIGHT NOW—they look amazingly refreshing. Great entry to Mike’s event Cathy! (For the record, I remember loving Orange Julius, but it’s been years since I’ve had one. I wonder if they’re still as delightful as I recall?)

  20. Perfectly refreshing for a hot day. I used to have orange julius as a kid. I wish they were still around, don’t you?

  21. I’m glad I’m not the only one who thinks that some foods are great for both breakfast AND dessert!

  22. Deborah 22

    That’s my kind of breakfast!

  23. Interesting use of the buttermilk. This looks like something easy and fun…but what would add a good “adult” kick to this? Perhaps some rum :)

    Oh, and the blender tip is one that many people often forget to do, so thanks for reminding us!

  24. krysta 24

    my parents would never let me get orange julius when we would go to the mall. then they closed down and were never heard from again. i remember how good it used to smell when you walked by and how all the cool kids hung out around there. i have to make these!

  25. oh my lord, all I talked about was tea,…I want one of these….

  26. Vonda 26

    This looks so delicious and refreshing. I can’t wait to try it. I am thinking hard about the potato ho roundup….hmmm!

  27. Chou 27

    Yep. It’s official. I need a milkshake.

  28. That would go perfectly with buttermilk waffles with whipped cream and fresh fruit….another dessert in breakfast disguise.

  29. ALF 29


  30. Wow, what a fun shake idea!

  31. Well, isn’t that fun?

    We do a lot of smoothies for breakfast at our house. I find they’re a great way to wake up the digestive system and take in some wholesome, healthy fruit early on in the day.

    This looks indulgent. The gingersnaps are a really fun twist. How bad would it be without the added sugar?

  32. Fabulous presentation Cathy! Do you live on a tropical island? ;)

  33. grace 33

    when i go to the cold stone creamery (a once a week occurrence at least…), i get cinnamon ice cream with graham cracker crumbs mixed in. every time. i love the contrasting textures. if they had a ginger snap crumb option, i think i’d pick that instead. this breakfast is perfect for me and my many sweet teeth. :)

  34. Leslie 34

    WOW..now these look right up my alley!!
    Thanks for you comment on my Chocolate Banana Wontons!!

  35. Um…..YUM!!!!!

  36. Ummmm…..YUM!!!!!!

  37. Laura 37

    I love Orange Juliuses (Julii?)! This sounds great.

  38. Dragon 38

    You’re making me very happy that I have buttermilk at home.

  39. pam 39

    I haven’t thought of Orange Julious in years! I loved them! This looks great and thanks for reminding me about Mike’s event!

  40. Looks like a great breakfast experience!

  41. Kevin 41

    I would never have thought to ise buttermilk in a shake but these sound, and look really good.

  42. Now breakfast can be the tastiest meal of the day in addition to the most important one!!!


  43. You. Are. The. Best.

  44. Mike 44

    You’ve had me thinking about this all weekend, and I’m not even much of an orange juice kind of person. This looks like an awesome way to start the day, and like I’ve said, the best breakfasts are easily mistaken for desserts. :o

    Thank you so much for the kind words and a great entry :-)

  45. Jude 45

    I really like the logo on your blog :)
    This can definitely be a good start to my day.

  46. Wow, I never knew that Break Dessert Fast. That’s pretty interesting…


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