By now you’ve got the recipe for Dalgona Coffee, a surprisingly popular TikTok trend, perfected like your work-from-home life depended on it. Equal parts instant coffee, water, and sugar, then add milk. Easy. What if you want to diversify your barista-in-training skill set though? Or perhaps, you’re a little sick of seeing yet another whipped coffee on your IG feed, thanks to your failed attempt without an electric whisk — those privileged show-offs huh. Try these D-I-Y coffee recipes then! It wouldn’t be here if we didn’t think it was easy to replicate. Go forth, be the stay-home trend-setter then — you can thank us later.
1. Coffee Cubes Latte
Iced latte lovers know this feeling: your latte tastes creamy and delicious for the first 10 minutes, but then the ice starts to melt and your drink’s now a diluted make-do. Well, say goodbye to watered-down iced coffee. Most days, we just settle for whatever we can whip up in 5 seconds, because life, but since you’ve got at least a precious half hour saved from your daily commute, it’s time for creative things! Admittedly, this isn’t 100% creative, but you know what, it’s easy. Simply freeze coffee to make ice cubes, and you’ll get instantly cold and refreshing iced coffee whenever you want it.
- 2 cups of Coffee
- 1/2 cup of Milk (warm)
Brew 2 cups of black coffee and put aside to let it cool. Once cooled, pour the coffee into ice cube trays and freeze overnight. When you’re ready to a drink, simply place 4 – 6 coffee ice cubes in a glass and pour the warm milk over it.
2. Butter Coffee
Your mom would approve — maybe. Butter in coffee sounds like a bad idea but hold up, according to Healthline, it’s less sinful than you think, and is reported to have numerous health benefits too. We can’t deny the high saturated fat content, but butter coffee also contains Vitamin A, necessary for skin health, immune function, and good vision. The recipe’s also a common breakfast replacement for people following a low-carb keto diet, while also making you feel full so you end up eating less. So, in moderation, we stan a good cup of butter coffee.
Plus, it’s so good — the butter adds a light creaminess and flavour to your typical roast, especially when you’re using grass-fed butter. Blend it instead of just stirring it in though, which gives a rich, frothy latte you’ll be proud to show off.
- 1 cup of Coffee
- 1 tablespoon of Unsalted Butter
- 1 tablespoon of Coconut Oil
Brew about 1 cup (237–355 ml) of coffee. Add coconut oil and unsalted butter. Mix all ingredients in a blender for 20–30 seconds until it resembles a foamy latte.
Fancy name, ridiculously easy to make. This classic Italian dessert, which means ‘drowned’ in Italian, simply requires a fresh, piping hot shot of espresso coffee and gelato (or, well, ice-cream). Affogato aficionados will swear by its bittersweet taste, a medley on the tongue, and that smooth, lingering texture, and hey, we all need an afternoon break right.
- 1 shot of Espresso
- 2 scoops of Ice Cream
- Extra: Dark Chocolate Shavings, Chopped Hazelnuts
Place 2 small scoops of ice cream (can be coffee, chocolate or vanilla) in a coffee cup, then pour in a shot of espresso or 3 tablespoons strong brewed coffee. Top with shaved dark chocolate and chopped hazelnuts.
4. Floating Iced Coffee
There’s no proper name for this, but we’re calling it “floating” coffee because of how it looks like an illusion in a glass cup, with your dark coffee suspended over clear tonic water. This particular recipe is called Sunrise Swim, courtesy of Nespresso comprehensive recipe catalogue, and involves pouring liquids of different quantities into a cup and then adding (optional) garnishes, it’s that easy. They’ve used lemonade and elderflower syrup for a frankly very delicious-sounding citrus-floral punch to your cuppa, but you can also substitute that with tonic or any carbonated drink. Results may vary.
- 25ml of Coffee (Ristretto)
- 90ml of Lemonade
- 10ml of Elderflower Syrup
- 4 x Ice Cubes
- 4 x Mint Leaves
- 2 x Lime Slices
Brew your coffee. Place 4 ice cubes in a glass. Pour 10ml Elderflower syrup. Add 3 mint leaves to the glass and 2 lime slices. Pour 90ml lemonade, a less sweet alternative to sparking water. Pour the coffee into the glass, then top off with mint leaves for a nice finishing touch.
5. Yuan Yang
For some Asian-inspired flavours, we’re recommending yuan yang (鸳鸯), a popular drink from Hong Kong that combines both coffee and tea into one potent, and very satisfying, blend. It’s strong and probably highly-caffeinated yes, but you’ll also get a hint of that fragrant, floral profile from the black tea. While the typical ratio calls for three parts coffee to seven parts of Hong Kong-style milk tea, we found a simplified recipe that makes about 8 – 10 servings — you can share this with your other family members, or chill it in the fridge for later.
- 1/4 cup Black Tea Leaves
- 4 1/2 cups of Brewed Coffee
- 5 – 8 tablespoons of Sugar
- 3/4 cup of Half and Half
Brew the black tea leaves in 4 1/2 cups of water. While the tea is steeping, brew the coffee — make sure both the tea and coffee are fairly strong. When the coffee and tea are ready, combine them in a large bowl or carafe. Stir the sugar into the coffee/tea mixture and add the half and half.
6. Ginger Honey Cinnamon Latte
Pros: this sounds really good. Cons: you have to do this over a stove top. If you can get past that rather minimal effort though, we applaud you — your reward shall be this sweet-meets-spicy blend of coffee that reminds us of masala chai. Feel free to cardamom, cloves and star anise to switch it up too. Then, pop on a cinnamon stick at the end for your all-important ‘gram moment.
- 1 shot of Espresso
- 2 cups of Unsweetened Almond Milk (or milk of your choice)
- 2 tablespoon of Ginger, chopped
- 1 x Cinnamon Stick (or ¼ tsp ground cinnamon)
- 2 teaspoons of pure Honey
In a small saucepan, at medium heat, add in the almond milk, ginger, and cinnamon stick. Whisk continuously until hot and foamy, about 3 – 4 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the espresso and honey until the honey dissolves. Remove the cinnamon stick and ginger — you may use a small strainer. Pour into a cup and garnish with grated or ground cinnamon if you like.
7. Irish Coffee — yes, alcohol!
Wind down — or differentiate the weekends from the weekdays — with this whiskey-infused recipe. Created by Joe Sheridan back in 1942, the hot drink is an Irish pub staple, second only to a cold pint. Here, you’re basically combining black coffee with Irish whiskey, but go for that lightly-whipped froth on top to look absolutely profesh. Coffee or cocktail? How about both.
- 1/2 cup of Coffee
- 45ml of Irish Whiskey
- 2 teaspoons of Brown Sugar
- Whipped Cream
Place the brown sugar into a warm Irish coffee glass, mug, or other heat-proof glass. Add the coffee and stir until dissolved. Add the Irish whiskey and stir again. Float the lightly whipped heavy cream on top by pouring it over the back of a spoon. Do drink the coffee through the cream for the best experience.