It´s pretty warm out here, it´s still summer in Maryland! When it’s this warm, I really like to have some refreshing cold drinks in the refrigerator; lemonade, ice tea… When I’m in Spain, I like to have a cold drink called leche merengada. The literal translation is meringue milk. It is common to find it in the ice cream shops during the summer months.
This drink became very popular in Madrid at the end of the XVIII century. Some of the classic Spanish literature novels such as Fortunata y Jacinta by Benito Perez talk about the drink. There is also a very famous children’s song that talks about the cow and the leche merengada:
Tengo una vaca lechera
No es una vaca cualquiera
Me da leche merengada
¡Hay que vaca tan salada!
I translated it in English;
I have a dairy cow
It’s no ordinary cow,
It gives me meringue milk.
Oh! What a nice cow!
Tolon, tolon. (No translation! Just a silly saying)
The drink is the easiest ever to make. It is sweetened milk sprinkled with cinnamon and topped with whipped white egg. Sounds good right?! Everyone likes it, kids and adults. So let’s get into the recipe!
Hands on; 15 minutes – Total time: 2 hours
– 4 cups milk
– 1/2 – 3/4 cup of sugar (depending on how much of a sweet tooth you have)
– 1 large stick cinnamon
– powdered cinnamon (just a pinch to sprinkle on the top)
– 1/4 lemon peel
– 2 egg whites
In a sauce pan, mix the milk, sugar, lemon peel and cinnamon stick over medium heat. Stir constantly until it just boils, then turn off the heat. Remove the lemon peel and cinnamon stick, then pour the mixture into a bowl. Let it cool at room temperature and then place it into the freezer for a couple of hours. You just want it to be very cold to serve, not frozen. (You can make it at night for the next day. Instead of placing it in the freezer, place it into the refrigerator). In a separate bowl, whip the 2 egg whites into a meringue. Until the egg whites thicken and get light and airy. Pour the whipped egg whites into the icy cold milk mixture and stir. I like to sprinkle a little bit of cinnamon on top of the drink. Ready to serve!
Yuuuuummm!! I love it!