Morir Soñando (Milk and Orange Juice)

Morir soñando (Milk and orange juice) means "to die dreaming" in Spanish. This is what beautiful dreams taste like.

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 combination of milk and the refreshing orange taste of what dreams are made of. The perfect drink to refresh, and nourish.

Morir soñando (Milk and orange juice) means "to die dreaming" in Spanish. This is what beautiful dreams taste like.

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.

Morir soñando (Milk and orange juice) means "to die dreaming" in Spanish. This is what beautiful dreams taste like.

There is an old wive’s tale that says that people should not drink milk and orange juice together. Morir soñando proves it wrong.

Without the special order of preparation specified in the recipe the mix will curdle. Having all the ingredients cold before mixing is the trick. Sugar has nothing to do with it, so feel free to make yours with whatever sweetener you love.

And trust me, it will be grand.

Morir soñando (Milk and orange juice) means "to die dreaming" in Spanish. This is what beautiful dreams taste like.

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.

Aunt Clara
Morir Soñando (Dominican Milk and Orange Juice)
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Morir Soñando (Dominican Milk and Orange Juice), with its unusual name, should be the official drink of the Dominican summer. This easy recipe shows how to make it. Definitely a must try.
Serves: 6 servings
  • 6 cups of whole milk
  • 1 cup of sugar (may not use it all)
  • 3 cup of ice cubes (may be crushed ice)
  • 4 cups orange juice
  1. Mix the milk and sugar to taste. Stir until all the sugar has dissolved.
  2. Put the milk in the freezer until it is very cold.
  3. Add the ice cubes to the milk and stir. Slowly pour the orange juice into the milk while stirring constantly.
  4. 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 don't mind the calorie count, and wish to make yours extra creamy, use evaporated milk.

If you are a vegan you can use almond milk instead of regular milk, the taste is different but it still is very delicious.
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  • Joy April 23, 2015, 11:57 PM

    I changed it up a bit with frozen bananas and 2% milk. It was DELICIOUS – no extra sugar necessary! I also put in about a teaspoon of vanilla extract and a generous dash of cinnamon, which seemed really weird, but actually turned out super good! So good, in fact, that my taste-testing turned into eating it straight out of the blender…

  • Chris March 11, 2015, 1:52 AM

    Wow surprised how noone tried it with cream coconut milk,along carnation milk,fresh squeeze oranges serves over ice & cinnamon wow i just wanna fall asleep afterwards its like christmas coquito my momma dukes be having that magic touch after class of either one i get the (Idis)mood loool

  • Bonnie October 26, 2014, 11:28 PM

    My grandmother used to make ours with fresh grapefruit juice, my favorite way. I place skim milk, ice, and sugar in the blender, blend it and while its blending add the grapefruit juice. It comes out sweet, tart and frothy.

  • Kevin August 17, 2014, 1:34 AM

    Drink that whole thing and you’ve gotten about 90% of your daily nutritional requirements. Check it in cronometer.
    I love this!!!

  • unknown May 20, 2014, 12:10 AM

    Can u freeze this drink

    • Aunt Clara May 21, 2014, 8:52 PM

      Freeze it, as in making popsicles? Yes, if that’s what you’re doing.

  • Marisol B. Correa May 15, 2014, 4:54 PM

    OMG, my fave drink!!! <3 <3

  • Astrid May 15, 2014, 8:06 AM

    Esta es mi batida favorita….me encanta vuestra página y las recetas. Me gusta mucho la comida dominicana. Al principio de vivir en el país de Udes voy a reconocer que no me gustaba la comida pero ahora me encanta..y sé que hay mucha variedad. Si se come como se comía antes las comidas sin pan..pienso que la comida dominicana puede curar muchos males. El molondrón y los guineitos son excelentes para el estómago delicado

  • liza May 14, 2014, 11:24 PM

    I also made it with leche condesada when that was the only milk I had. I pour half of a can in the blender orange juice and ice and put it on crush ice. No sugar since the condense milk is loaded with sugar. Love it and I have done it with fresh lime and milk put be careful the milk can seperate. My favorite drink love my country.

  • paula December 15, 2013, 11:11 AM

    Albert, a bartender, made this drink for me but added rum. It reminds me of a dreamcicle. U no an ice cream bar. Love it.

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  • stephanie July 3, 2013, 5:55 PM

    i never tired this drink but is this drink good for your heath?

    • Andy March 9, 2014, 1:54 AM

      Well..we all know sugar isn’t good for us. Milk has calcium and orange juice has vitamin C. Somewhat It’s healthy for you. You can add a different sweetening instead of whole sugar. Might not exactly taste like the way It it’s listed.

  • Lucy June 16, 2013, 9:31 AM

    I learned about this drink from my mom,and my husband learned it from his grandma, we are both puerto ricans so I don’t think it is only a dominican drink. It is delicious though, no matter where it originated from!

  • angee May 30, 2013, 11:21 AM

    So yummy! My husband says it takes him right back to his days in the DR. Thanx for all the hints, too. It turned out perfect!

  • Hector March 27, 2013, 9:00 PM

    Hi Clara just a quick question. My dad loves this drink but he is diabetic. Is there a way to make it suitable for him? Thank you in advance

  • Jane Aam February 25, 2013, 4:06 PM

    I am new to this site. I would love to see a Panamanian Habenaro mustard sauce recipe. I love spicy. My neighbor gave me a jar made by her Panamanian mother-in-law. It is fabulous. I would like to make it myself.
    Thanks and I am happy I found your site.

    • Aunt Clara February 26, 2013, 10:17 PM

      Hi Jane, I think this is the wrong blog to ask. I know little to nothing about Panamanian cooking.

  • Jennifer December 9, 2012, 2:01 PM

    I absolutely love this! I like it with whole milk, or evaporated milk. I make it just like this, but when my Father makes it, he uses an egg yolk. I’m not too sure what it does, and I am uncomfortable consuming raw eggs so I have not tried it. Not sure what the difference in taste is.

    I love all of your recipes! I am currently making a flan for the first time, with your recipe! :)

  • ,,,, November 26, 2012, 8:20 PM

    i have to do it but is for 20 ppl

  • Christine November 6, 2012, 1:35 AM

    The traditional drink may also be made with Carnation sweetened condensed milk in leu of mixing the milk and sugar. Dominican friends say this is the preferred preparation.

    • Loren Anthony April 19, 2013, 1:50 PM

      That is hope I learned how to make it.. .. With sweetened condensed milk I also knew people that added egg whites to get it frothy!

  • Jose alvarado September 8, 2012, 3:46 PM

    Try adding vanilla extract to taste, what a great addition

  • courtney July 14, 2012, 6:42 PM

    my fiance” is from the Dominican Republic an he said this drink taste like when he was little

  • vidushi April 20, 2012, 4:28 AM

    can i use some other juice instead of orange guava or cranberry?

    • Aunt Clara April 20, 2012, 12:32 PM

      The recipe already mentions possible substitutions. Beyond that I can't make recommendations because I have never tried it and because you need citrus juice for this, which guava is not.

      Good luck.

    • daisy August 18, 2014, 11:31 PM

      No,because this recipe can be altered , the orange its the key
      if like peanut butter and jelly

  • Peru Delights April 3, 2012, 1:18 PM

    Love this recipe! I´m going to make it, without the sugar, but I´m sure it will be delicious. Thanks for sharing. BTW, i love your blog.

  • Ambika March 2, 2012, 5:31 PM

    Milk & Orange juice!! Never knew they got along so well together! Looks beautiful, I am gonna try it!

  • Luis A. Colon February 25, 2012, 10:02 AM

    I'm puerto rican ,married to a beautifull dominican woman and she made me this drink and i just love it so much i dont think she makes enogh.My new favorite drink.

  • Crystal Mendez January 7, 2012, 1:58 PM

    I love this drink. My husband is Dominican and every time we visit, his mom makes this for us. However, I don't like the taste of the evaporated milk so I do add an extra cup or two of the orange juice and it tastes perfect.

  • Shola December 23, 2011, 7:59 PM

    I was introduced to this wonderful drink at one of the restaurants along the river by the waiter during my first visit to Santo Domingo and it was wonderful. I am sure, the waiter said that it was condensed milk that was used. In any case, I just gooogled it as I was telling my husband about it and am happy to find your recipe. Can't wait to share it with my family and friends.

    I must say the food in DR was truly delicious.

  • Daniel D November 30, 2011, 5:55 PM

    wudabout egg?

  • leslie September 11, 2011, 7:35 PM

    By the way some people even do it with Passion fruit instead of Orange juice and.its really good

  • leslie September 11, 2011, 7:32 PM

    You could also add a little bit of lime juice

  • Arlenis August 10, 2011, 6:48 PM

    I just made this at home and my roommate looked at me as if I had three heads…LOL it was actually pretty funny. I told her what it was and she wasn't convinced until she tasted it. She's half puerto rican half irish. I love showing her my traditional foods because it always gives me a kick how she reacts to things she says are "not normal". I loveeeeeee morir soñando! especially when I'm craving something just the right amount of sweet. :)

  • Corey August 6, 2011, 3:54 PM

    Tia, I've turned this into a bodybuilder's drink lol. I use fat free milk, light orange juice, vanilla protein poweder, and ice. Put it in the blender and it's like sipping heaven through a straw.

    • sylvia January 7, 2012, 10:51 PM

      My son did it he added vanilla protein and when I came home he said " mom I made a delicious one too"

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  • Aline June 21, 2011, 2:48 PM

    i agree that it was just a little milkier than i normally prefer. so i added a bit more orange juice plus the juice of one lemon, and it was delicious.

    on a side note, i'd like to commend you for such an amazing collection of well-written dominican recipes. i recently stumbled across this site thanks to another blog called "the little cafe at the end of the world". since then i've made several of your recipes – pastelon de spaghetti, pastelon de berenjena con queso, & chulitos in addition to the morir soñando – and they have all turned out spectacularly. thanks, and keep up the good work!

  • Kristina May 7, 2011, 11:12 AM

    I was really wanting to make this drink for a school project, but is it possible to make it the night before and serve the next morning? or will it be bad then?

    • Aunt Clara May 7, 2011, 12:17 PM

      It cannot be made beforehand. You can bring the ice, chilled, sweetened d milk and orange juice and mix them on the spot.

  • Aunt Clara April 28, 2011, 4:48 PM

    You don't. Which is why the recipe calls for ice (ingredient no. 4).

  • raegan C April 28, 2011, 4:41 PM

    how do you make this without ice???

  • lizzy April 28, 2011, 1:15 PM

    i love this stuff! can you make it with other fruits?

  • Zaneta Loves April 23, 2011, 9:47 AM

    This stuff was amazing! I just mad it, and then chugged 2 cups of it!

  • marie April 12, 2011, 4:29 PM

    No pensé que me gustaría que este en un principio porque sonaba un poco raro, pero cuando traté de que me enamoré! Es bueno!

  • Isaiah Thomas April 12, 2011, 4:22 PM

    im gonna make this for a school project, my friend made this last year when he did the project and he LOVED it! I HOPE HE'S RIGHT!!!!

  • kk April 10, 2011, 3:53 PM

    this drink is the best i love itt so muchh i make it at home my selff and im from D.R

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  • charles peck April 3, 2011, 5:19 PM

    I was just sitting around in my studio and thought – what the hell I will put some together because I just got back from the store and had both in my little frig…did it, like it and wondered what would show up if I googled "milk & orange juice mix". Here I am discovering things about Dominican recipes and stomach acid response on milk – just gotta love this Brave New World we live in ;-]

    Will have to try the variations these articles have brought to mind. It reminded me of an experience I had in rural Colombia back in the 70's when a fine campesino gentleman was milking a free ranging cow (a job in and of itself) with calf and squirted some fresh milk into a cup with some local red wine in it – so delicious it still brings a smile after all these years.

  • dominicano ausente March 21, 2011, 10:44 AM

    Una receta de champola no estaria mal….

  • Ana from Raleigh, NC March 16, 2011, 9:58 AM

    no matter how you prepare it, with more or less ingredients, Dominican cuisine is just delicious, specially with aunt clara's recipies.


  • Meems Ellenberg March 16, 2011, 7:36 AM

    When I lived in Sosua, there was a gas station on the corner that made the best morir in the world. They used lime juice, though.

  • milagros March 10, 2011, 8:02 PM

    i was introduce to this wonderful drink by my hairdresser 10yrs ago

    and I've been drinking a glass a day after every workout [gym] it so

    refreshing and because I'm a diabetic i too had to change the ingredients around too! [2% milk /splenda/ lite OJ/dash of cinnamon]

    mix w/ice in blender……i love it and so dose my husband.

  • Sona February 22, 2011, 4:09 PM

    For the first time in my life i had all of the ingredients in my refrigerator to actually try one of these recipes. I'm not a milk drinker at all, but with this recipe it makes white milk delicious. I used fat free skim milk and reduced calorie OJ with pulp. It was sweet and frothy. It will be perfect for a hot summer day. It reminded me of an orange milkshake.Yum!

  • Geo Lama February 21, 2011, 6:55 PM

    I had forgotten about this wonderful drink I grew up enjoying so much. I was surprised to see the recipe calling for evaporated milk as the one my abuela made for us was always made with regular milk. Also evaporated milk is very strong (more like the real deal-from the cow to the table) so people not used to the real deal will probably complain it tastes too milky.

    Solution is simple: try whatever cow milk you drink now! It tastes great with whole milk and also with fat free milk. I'm sitting here typing while sipping from a huge glass of this most divine drink :-)

    • Aunt Clara February 22, 2011, 1:31 PM

      That's an excellent point to make, Geo. Thanks for the tip.

  • Jessica February 14, 2011, 5:25 PM

    Im doing a report on Dominican Republic and Im trying to make this for my class about 12 ppl can u help me with the ingriedents

    • Aunt Clara February 14, 2011, 5:38 PM

      The recipe serves 4. You just have to triple the ingredients. Bear in mind that it has to be served chilled and right away, so it's best if you mix it right before serving.

  • CLAUDIA February 9, 2011, 10:33 PM


    • Cris December 31, 2012, 9:58 AM

      Ooo I’m from Macoris what’s the sandwich spot called?

  • Sandra B. February 4, 2011, 8:17 PM

    Love It! the only way I drink milk when I was little!

  • EVELYN February 4, 2011, 1:34 AM


    • Aunt Clara February 4, 2011, 12:50 PM



      I like mine "milkier". If I get another comment similar to yours then I will make a note on the recipe itself so people who like it with more of an orange taste can adjust it to their liking. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

  • Marlene Mata January 27, 2011, 1:43 PM

    I think I tasted evaporated milk more than orange juice. I used one can (12 oz) evaported milk and 2 to 3 cups orange juice. Squeeze one lime and pour sugar to your own taste.

  • ashley January 27, 2011, 1:05 PM

    im dominican myself and this is one of my favorite drinks.

    • Rosa June 3, 2013, 8:23 PM

      It’s not an uniquely Dominican drink, my mother drank it in Venezuela as a little girl and her mother gave it to her and her brothers

      • Aunt Clara June 3, 2013, 8:42 PM

        Interesting. What do you call it?

        • Daisy August 19, 2014, 8:55 PM

          Can I use half whole milk and half evaporated milk ?