Morir Soñando (milk and orange juice drink), is a marvelous beverage that should be the official drink of the Dominican summer. This silky and refreshingly crisp flavor is what dreams are truly made of. It's also an easy-to-make recipe, you could enjoy this in no time!
Why we ❤️ it
This delicious and nutritious refreshing drink combines some ingredients that are not usually found mixed, a mixture that, although unusual, is still delicious. Even more unusual is its poetic name, like the title of a romantic literature tragedy.
Its name means "to die dreaming", literally translated, and it could not have a more appropriate name. Morir Soñando is the perfect drink to refresh and nourish.
What is morir soñando?
Morir soñando -sometimes called morisoñando- is a Dominican cold drink made by mixing milk and orange juice (or other citrus fruit juices). It is one of the dishes we do not share with the rest of the Spanish Caribbean.
Something we have done with our recipe is to offer a few changes that you can make to adapt it to some special diets. 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. Find some inspiration here:
How to make morir soñando de limón (and other fruits)
Low-carb morir soñando for diabetics
Diabetics or those on low-carb diets, take note; you can skip the sugar or use a sweetener instead.
Low-fat morir soñando
If you are mindful of your fat consumption, try low-fat, the taste is slightly different, and it won't have the same creaminess as with a more fat-heavy dairy, but it works just fine.
Vegan morir soñando
If you are a vegan or avoid dairy products, you can use almond milk instead of regular milk, the taste is different, but it still is very delicious.
Milk and orange juice drink
- 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.
- For a great presentation, garnish with an orange slice or –if you can find it– a slice of gorgeous carambola.
About the recipe
Making Morir soñando isn't rocket science, and it's a great child-friendly recipe, so you can hardly get anything wrong. This is my recipe and all the things I've tried in the past and that I know work great.
If you have a secret or tip that you'd like to share, I'd love to read it in the comments.
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Morir Soñando [Recipe + Video] Milk and Orange Juice Drink
- Chill the milk in a large pitcher. Add sugar to milk to taste. Stir in vanilla. Add ice and stir. Slowly, pour in the orange juice while stirring vigorously.
- Pour into 6 highball glasses and serve immediately.
Tips and Notes
Nutritional information is calculated automatically based on ingredients listed. Please consult your doctor if you need precise nutritional information.
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.
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).
There's an old wives' tale  that says that people shouldn't drink milk and orange juice together. Morir Soñando proves it wrong.
Morir soñando is a traditional Dominican drink.
While morir soñando with evaporated milk is the preferred version for many people, it is not the only one. You can use whole milk, or even skim milk to make morir soñando, and I have tried great vegan versions with dairy substitutes
Morir soñando is not typically made with condensed milk, but if you wish to experiment, you can use condensed milk but leave out the sugar and only use sugar-free juice.
Published Jan 3, 2002 , revised