Morir Soñando (Milk and Orange Juice), a marvelous beverage that should be the official drink of the Dominican summer. It's a very easy recipe too, you could be enjoying this in no time!
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. Morir Soñando is 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).
Morir Soñando is uniquely-Dominican. The name at least is (Orange Julius is a similar drink with a much less poetic name ). 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 --or at least as long as we've had refrigeration.
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 .
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.
About the recipe
There are few things you can change in Morir Soñando, it is a drink of few ingredients and simple preparation. Even so, different homes may have different versions.
Something we have done with our recipe is to offer a few changes that you can make to adapt it to some special diets. Yes, you can make a vegan Morir Soñando, and likewise a dairy-free one. And if you are looking to reduce your sugar consumption, we also offer you information on how to do it. It is important to remember that these changes will change the taste, but not so much that you can not enjoy a glass of ice-cold Morir Soñando.
Morir Soñando Recipe (Dominican Milk and Orange Juice)
- 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.
- Serve immediately.