Morir Soñando (Milk and Orange Juice), 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 is what dreams are made of. The perfect drink to refresh and nourish.
Unlike many of our dishes, this is one that doesn’t exist in the rest of the Spanish Caribbean; as far as I know (please let me know if you know differently).
The name Morir Soñando, at least, is uniquely-Dominican.
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’s an old wives’ tale that says that people shouldn’t 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 whichever sweetener you love.
And trust me, it will be grand.
Morir soñando is usually served as a dinner drink or a 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.
- 4 cups of evaporated milk
- 3/4 cup of sugar (may not use it all)
- 1 tbsp clear vanilla extract (optional)
- 2 cup of ice cubes (may be crushed ice)
- 2 1/2 cups orange juice (best fresh)
Chill milk. Add sugar to milk to taste. Stir in vanilla. Add ice and stir. Pour in the orange juice and stir.
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 low-fat, the taste is slightly different but it works just fine.
If you are a vegan you can use almond milk instead of regular milk, the taste is different but it still is very delicious.