This boozy version of Dalgona coffee is perfect for the weekend

How do you improve greatness? Of course, a little wine is needed. If you want to up the ante on your Dalgona coffee, why not make a whipped coffee cocktail? I'm drunk! Very lively! This is the Zoom happy hour you've been missing.

I'm sorry if you're unfamiliar with Dalgona coffee (also known as whipped coffee). As the name suggests, it stirs sugar, coffee, and water into a froth that you can serve over ice and milk. It has a strong flavor, so if you like your coffee sweeter and creamier, you may want to add more milk to the glass and mix the foam into it. It's well worth spending the extra few minutes stirring and will fill that weird latte-shaped hole in your heart.

As a quick refresher, here’s how to make whipped coffee.

  • Combine 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, 2 tablespoons warm water, and 2 tablespoons instant coffee or espresso. Yes, it has to be instant or it won't work and you'll be whipped forever.
  • Stir vigorously. First, it should look smooth and shiny. Eventually, it will thicken, foam, and hold its shape. An electric mixer will make the process faster, but if you want to work your upper body, you can use a blender.
  • Pour the whipped coffee into a glass with ice and milk.
  • Look! Dalgona coffee!

Now that you have the basics down, let’s add some wine. All four versions use some form of the above foundation.

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Cognac whipped coffee

If you are a fan of dark wines and liqueurs, this is the version for you. Make whipped coffee as usual. Then, choose your spirit. If you don’t want to use cognac, dark rum, whiskey, bourbon or amaro will all work. Simply add a shot of the spirit of your choice to a glass with ice and milk. Then, top with green coffee and enjoy!

Kahlua Fresh Cream Coffee

As you might expect, coffee liqueur pairs well with whipped coffee. Make a standard batch of whipped coffee. In another bowl, make some Kahlua whipped cream. (Mix about a cup and a half of heavy cream, a tablespoon of sugar, and a teaspoon or two of Kahlua or your favorite coffee liqueur and whip until stiff.) Fold some of the Kahlua whipped cream into the whipped coffee. Add a cup of Kahlua to a glass with ice and milk. Add a generous amount of whipped coffee/kahlua whipped cream mixture on top. Revel in its glory.

Prefer Baileys? Make a batch of Baileys Whipped Cream using the same proportions above.

Baileys coffee

It's as simple as adding a shot of Baileys to milk and ice, then adding a shot of fresh coffee on top. This also goes well with Rumchata, Kahlua or any coffee liqueur. Sometimes the most brilliant things are the simplest.

I tried adding a shot of Baileys to instant coffee, sugar and water, then whisked all four ingredients together. (I used half a tablespoon of water and 1.5 tablespoons of Baileys.) Unfortunately, the mixture never bubbled and hardened. After ten minutes of blending with an electric mixer, the closest I could get was a thick chocolate syrup-like mixture. It's not the whipped consistency I was looking for, but nonetheless it tastes great with ice and oat milk.

A half-baked harvest

Belarusian with green coffee

Two drinks have never gone so well together! Half Baked Harvest is a Russian white and whipped coffee recipe that combines vodka, Kahlua and cream. Green coffee also pairs well with horchata. Try the Dirty Horchata recipe from Medium Rare Harvest and top it off with your fresh coffee.

If all else fails, try using your green coffee as a caffeinated chaser. There's really no wrong way to brew coffee.