At the moment it seems like wherever you look, whether it’s Instagram, TikTok, or Twitter, somebody is making Dalgona coffee.
Dalgona coffee – if you’re completely clueless – is a sweet, creamy cold coffee – and everybody is going mad for it.
At first there was confusion as to where the technique originated from, but after much deliberation it turns out it’s from South Korea.
I first discovered the recipe on TikTok, after seeing video after video of people sharing their perfectly whipped coffee.
Since I’m a sucker for a cold brew, I decided to give it a go for myself to see just how good it tastes, how difficult it would be to make and whether it was really worth the hype.
Now, the only thing that I wasn’t exactly stoked about was the excessive whisking that I’d seen everyone doing, but I was hoping it would all be worth it in the end – spoiler, it was.
All you need is instant coffee granules, sugar, water and milk.
I did add a few extra ingredients – Bailey’s Irish Cream Liqueur, squirty cream and chocolate sauce – but they’re optional.
Most recipes suggest using two teaspoons of each ingredient, but the first time I tried it I found it too strong.
So, when I made it this time, I only used one teaspoon – my excuse as to why the final product doesn’t look as frothy and Instagram-worthy as everybody elses.
Start by boiling some water – you only need a teaspoon or two so don’t go crazy.
Put a teaspoon of your coffee, boiling water and sugar into your cup of choice and whisk till your arms feel like they’re about to fall off.
At first I used a spoon to mix it all together, but after about two minutes I realised my mistake and swapped to a hand whisk – I do recommend using an electric whisk for ultimate foaminess though.
Eventually you’ll see the ingredients come together forming a creamy, caramel coloured looking mixture, which means you’re almost there.
Then, I added a few ice cubes to a glass, along with a generous double shot of Bailey’s – you definitely do not need this much – and milk.
Whilst the coffee mixture wasn’t as frothy as others I’d seen, it was really creamy and coated the back of the spoon nicely, so I took that as my cue to stop whisking and drizzled it into the glass.
And, to make sure I’d managed to get all of the remaining coffee from the bottom of the mug, I added a splash of milk, mixed and poured the extra into the glass too.
After a quick mix, I topped it with squirty cream and chocolate sauce.
I have to say I was very happy with the outcome, it was delicious and would save me a ton of money buying cold coffee in the future.
It was only after I’d made it that I saw TikTok user @melliemelanie share an extremely helpful tip on how to whisk the coffee much faster.
She added water, coffee and sugar to a glass then put a hand whisk in between both of her palms and rolled it back and fourth.
Within seconds the coffee was foamy – genius.