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In case you haven’t noticed, I’m a complete sucker for Latin drinks. Morir Soñando is no exception! Just imagine how delighted I was when I found out how easy it is to make! Traditional Morir Soñando is typically equal parts orange juice and milk, some sugar and a hint of lime.
Part of the reason that I’m so fond of Latin cuisine is because it’s very similar to the cuisine from my (Cape Verdean) culture. Granted, we don’t make any drink quite like Morir Soñando, but we sure do love fruity beverages! We also utilize a lot of the same ingredients in our cooking, so naturally I have a soft spot for Latin-American/Caribbean food.
Yes, it’s orange juice and milk!
I’m just gonna warn you now, if you think you have a thing against milk mixed with orange juice, you’re in for a real surprise! It’s delicious. End of story. You don’t see anyone hating on the Orange Creamscicle, so let’s give the Morir Soñando the same love. Because it’s even better!
Is this an authentic recipe?
First off, I don’t promise any recipe to be authentic. Living in the US, there are always going to be adaptations. I’ve also never had a Morir Soñando in DR. I’m sure there are differences that exist between versions in the U.S. and what’s served there. I’ve also noticed that traditional versions often use whole-milk or evaporated milk, granulated sugar, vanilla and lime. This version of Morir Soñando with a hint of lime, is made with a mixture of condensed milk and evaporated milk with no granulated sugar added.
For this version, I combine freshly squeezed orange juice with a mixture of evaporated and sweetened condensed milk, so that the milk to orange-juice ratio is 1:1. I omit the granulated sugar, because of the presence of sweetened-condensed milk.
This is not to say at all that this version is sugar-free! Uh, uh! Sweetened-condensed milk is loaded with sugar so you’re not winning any healthy points by subbing it! I like to use condensed milk is because the Morir Soñando that I’ve had is a little on the thicker side. Sweetened-condensed milk helps to achieve that thicker texture!
Just how easy is it to make Morir Soñando?
Super-easy, you just have to work fast! There are no special tools required. If you’re using freshly squeezed orange juice, a juicer wouldn’t be a bad idea though. Otherwise, all I use is a large mixing bowl (preferably with a spout), a large measuring cup and a whisk!
As I mentioned, you have to work fast and your ingredients need to be cold. So make sure to chill your juice and whichever milk you opt to use ahead of time. When it’s time to combine the ingredients, add a few ice cubes to the orange juice and pour the juice into the bowl of milk, in a slow and steady stream while whisking very quickly! This is important so that the milk doesn’t separate when it comes in contact with the juice.
At the very end, add the vanilla extract, a squeeze of fresh lime (1-2 wedges is good). Give it a quick stir and immediately serve over ice!
Do I have to use fresh-squeezed orange juice?
For the best results, fresh is best! But this recipe calls for about 4 cups of it, so I get that it’s a lot of juicing. If you’re going to use store-bought, make sure the label says 100% juice. Simply Orange is a good choice, cold-pressed, organic juice is even better.
Morir Soñando with a hint of lime is the perfect citrusy-smooth drink to cool down with in the summer! For best results, serve it immediately. You can store it (without the addition of ice) in the refrigerator but it’s best to drink it within 24 hours. If you do store it in the fridge, you may notice that ingredients settle slightly. (Notice I said settle and not curdle!) If this happens, just give it a gentle shake.
Easy Morir Soñando with a Hint of LimeCourse: DrinksCuisine: DominicanDifficulty: Easy
This creamy version of Dominican Morir Soñando is made fresh orange juice, evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk, and a hint of lime!
4 cups of freshly-squeezed orange juice*
1 can of evaporated milk, chilled
1 can of sweetened condensed milk, chilled
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
squeeze of lime juice (1-2 lime wedges)
ice cubes for chilling
- Pour the orange juice in a large measuring cup. Add a few ice cubes, just enough to get the juice to be ice cold.
- Combine the evaporated milk, condensed milk and vanilla extract in a large separate pitcher or bowl (a bowl with a spout helps). Whisk the milk and vanilla until the condensed milk is evenly dispersed.
- Add the fresh orange juice to the milk mixture in a slow and steady stream but make sure to whisk very quickly to prevent the milk from curdling. Whisk until the ingredients are just combined.
- Add a squeeze of fresh lime juice (I squeeze 1-2 wedges). Stir one last time and serve immediately over ice. Store any leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.
- Freshly squeezed juice is recommended for best results. If you must substitute, I recommend Simply Orange