Dalgona coffee is all the rage, and it should be because it’s good! But wouldn’t it be better if we jazzed things up a bit? And by jazz I mean make it adult worthy. We’ve created our Dalgona Coffee Cocktail for those that want a lil’ “turn up” in their super trendy coffee pick me up! Who doesn’t want that?
Dalgona Coffee Cocktail + Non-Alcoholic Version
This year will be memorable for a lot more than I care to recount, but it’s also been the year of Dalgona coffee. If you haven’t heard of Dalgona coffee, then there’s a good chance you’ve taken a long hiatus from social media, ignored all things coffee, or live under a rock. Maybe all three. But today’s your lucky day!
Dalgona coffee went viral via a Tik Tok video clip and South Korean television earlier in the year, and so many people have embraced this unique coffee treat. It’s understandable because it’s super tasty, but it’s even better when you add booze. Not hard to believe, right? Because booze makes nearly everything better.
The right instant coffee you need for a Dalgona Coffee Recipe
Dalgona coffee is made using only three ingredients, and the most critical component is using instant coffee or instant coffee crystals. There isn’t a quick or suitable substitution, periodt. I’ve tried it! And to make things easier for you, let me tell you right now, make sure you use the coffee that says either instant coffee, instant coffee crystals, or espresso instant coffee. Trust me on this one. But if you’re going with the espresso instant coffee a word of warning, it’s strong. Like, punch you in the face strong. The espresso will have you climbing up the literal walls and howling at the moon. You’ve been warned.
Because I am who I am, it should come as no surprise that I’ve created a Dalgona coffee cocktail. The topping is the same, but instead of spooning the Dalgona over milk, I created a spiked cocktail using unsweetened almond milk, crème de cacao, and my favorite cream liqueur. Yea, baby! Cocktail hour will never be the same!
Best cream liqueur for a Dalgona Coffee Recipe
If coffee-infused cocktails are your jam, then I’m pretty sure you’re going to love our mixed coffee drink. And you can use your favorite cream liqueur. I taste-tested several cream liqueurs to make sure they were a good fit. Here are the ones I suggest.
- American Fifth Spirits Bourbon Cream Liqueur
- Bailey’s Irish Cream
- Bailey’s Pumpkin Flavored Irish Cream
- Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur
- Kahlúa Rum & Coffee Liqueur
Here’s What You Need To Make Our Dalgona Coffee Recipe:
Instant Coffee. I tried to make Dalgona coffee with a lot of different ingredients, but I only had success using instant coffee, instant coffee crystals, or espresso instant coffee. The espresso instant coffee is super duper intense. But if you like espresso, go for it, but if you don’t want the over the top kick of espresso, then I highly recommend using regular instant coffee.
Sugar. When it comes to sugar, you got options. You can use regular granulated sugar, raw sugar, light brown sugar, date sugar, or coconut sugar.
Hot Water. When it comes to water, make sure you use hot water and not warm, lukewarm, or cold water. Hot water dissolves the sugar and liquifies the instant coffee. The whipping motion introduces air into the mixture and helps Dalgona coffee achieve its signature fluffy texture.
Unsweetened Almond Milk. When it comes to milk, you can use any variety of dairy or non-dairy milk. I used unsweetened almond milk because the unsweetened almond milk helped to balance out the sweetness of the Dalgona coffee, the Crème de cacao, and the cream liqueur. But feel free to use dairy milk, oat milk, soy, or any other non-dairy milk you prefer.
Crème de cacao. Using crème de cacao introduces chocolatey notes into this decadent and delicious cocktail, and it pairs very well with the cream liqueur and the Dalgona coffee topping. Sidebar: You can use dark or white crème de cacao.
Cream Liqueur. When it comes to using a cream liqueur to make this cocktail, you have quite a few options. Use whatever cream liqueur you like.
Step 1. To make Dalgona coffee start with instant coffee, instant coffee crystals, or espresso instant coffee.
Step 2. Add an equal amount of sugar. Granulated, raw sugar, light brown sugar, date sugar, or coconut sugar.
Step 3. Use hot water. Not warm water, tepid, or cold water. I used my tea kettle to get boiling water for this recipe.
Sidebar: Mixing the ingredients for the Dalgona coffee in a 2-cup measuring cup guarantees zero splatters.
Step 4. I looked at a lot of Dalgona recipes, some suggested using a whisk to make Dalgona coffee. I am not about to do 400 whisks with a whisk. Screw that, grab a hand mixer fitted with a single paddle and mix on medium speed. This method creates a silky and airy Delgona coffee in under three minutes.
Our Dalgona Coffee cocktail is rich, yummy yum-yum, and irresistible. Promise.
You Will Love Our Dalgona Coffee Cocktail Because It’s:
Luscious & Decadent
Okay, you’ve got the recipe to the best Dalgona Coffee cocktail you’re going to find. Period. Now, all you have to do is grab the ingredients and mix this one up for a weekend breakfast or brunch or just because you’re in the mood for a boozy coffee-infused cocktail. Hey, it’s 5 o’clock somewhere. Cheers!
Dalgona Coffee Recipe
- 3 1/2 tablespoons instant coffee or instant coffee crystals
- 3 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 3 1/2 tablespoons hot water
- Into a measuring cup, add the instant coffee, sugar, and hot water.
- Mix with a hand mixer fitted with one beater.
- Blend the ingredients on medium-high until the mixture smooth and fluffy.
- Spoon on top of the cocktail mixture.
Dalgona Coffee Cocktail Ingredients:
- 4 ounces unsweetened almond milk
- 2 1/2 ounces cream liqueur
- 1/2 ounce Crème de cacao
- Into a cocktail tin, add ice, unsweetened almond milk, cream liqueur, and Crème de cacao.
- Secure the lid and shake vigorously for thirty (30) seconds.
- Strain and divide the mixture evenly into two glasses.
- Top with the Dalgona coffee whipped topping.
- Dust with cocoa or espresso powder.
The Mrs. is enjoying the non-alcoholic version.
Me, I added the bourbon cream liqueur and crème de cacao. No matter which one you choose they’re both litty!