Morir Soñando, an unusual mix, with a beautiful, poetic name is one of Dominicans’ favorite drinks. Truly heavenly.
Its name means “to die dreaming”, literally translated, and it could not have a more appropriate name. The silky milk and the refreshing taste of orange makes this a perfect drink to refresh, and nourish.
Morir soñando is uniquely-Dominican. One of a few dishes that don’t also exist in the rest of the Spanish Caribbean. I haven’t been able to track the origin of the drink, or how it came to acquire the name, but it’s clear that it has existed for generations in the Dominican Republic.
There is an old wive’s tale that says that people should not drink milk and orange juice together. Without the special order of preparation specified in the recipe the mix will curdle. That is the trick.
And trust me, it will be grand.
Morir soñando is usually served as a dinner drink, or mid-afternoon snack.
As a bonus to the thirst-quenching, heat-busting goodness of this drink, it is also very nutritious, and perfect as a snack for the little ones.
Morir soñando (Milk and orange juice, with an even more unusual name, should be the official drink of the Dominican summer. This easy recipe shows how to make it.Definitely a must try.
- 4 cups orange juice
- 1 cup of sugar
- 6 cups of whole milk
- 3 cup of ice cubes (may be crushed ice)
- Mix the milk and sugar to taste. Stir until all the sugar has dissolved.
- Put the milk in the freezer until it is very cold.
- Add the ice cubes to the milk and stir. Slowly pour the orange juice into the milk while stirring constantly.
- Serve immediately.
Other non-traditional options include using lime juice (half the amount of the orange juice) or passion fruit juice (same amount as orange juice.
The trick for the milk not to curdle is keeping the milk (and the whole drink afterward) at a very low temperature. Diabetics or those on low-carb diets take note, you can skip the sugar or use artificial sweetener instead.
If you are mindful of your fat consumption try substituting the whole milk for low-fat, the taste is slightly different but it works just fine.
If you are a vegan you can use soy milk instead of regular milk, the taste is different but still very delicious.