Morir Soñando (milk and orange juice drink), 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.
Check these other Dominican milk cold drink recipes that you'll love too.
[Recipe + Video] Morir Soñando (Milk and Orange Juice Drink)
- 4 cup evaporated milk
- ¾ cup sugar, (may not use it all)
- 1 tablespoon clear vanilla extract, (optional)
- 2 cup of ice cubes, (may be crushed ice)
- 2 ½ cup 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.
Tips and Notes
How to make morir soñando de limón (and other fruits)Other less-common options include using lime juice (half the amount of the orange juice) or passion fruit juice (same amount as orange juice.
Low-carb morir soñando for diabeticsDiabetics or those on low-carb diets take note, you can skip the sugar or use artificial sweetener instead.
Low-fat morir soñandoIf you are mindful of your fat consumption try low-fat, the taste is slightly different but it works just fine.
Vegan morir soñandoIf you are a vegan you can use almond milk instead of regular milk, the taste is different but it still is very delicious.
Nutritional information is calculated automatically based on ingredients listed. Please consult your doctor if you need precise nutritional information.