Cocktails, drinks, Recipes

Whipped Espresso Martini


I’m sure we’ve all seen the ‘Dalgona’ coffee making the rounds on Instagram and as someone who hates to miss out on anything, I had to give it a go.  I started by scoffing while watching the video of a girl stirring together instant coffee and sugar and calling it a ‘recipe’ but once I’d tried it myself (ironically, of course), I was hooked.

What could possibly make this deliciously refreshing iced coffee drink better I hear you ask?  Copious amounts of alcohol of course.  Say hello to this delicious homemade “whipped” coffee, turned into a white Russian/espresso martini hybrid hinting at vanilla and all the creaminess you can wish for.


I was quite late to the coffee party in life and clung onto my cups of tea for dear life as they were my little bonding experience with my mum growing up.  I tried to get into coffee at university but couldn’t understand the hype so always ended up ordering a mocha in the hope that I’d eventually become a fully fledged adult.  At some point, I started to enjoy it and while you’ll never find me with a black coffee or sipping an espresso shot first thing in the morning, I do love a cappuccino or a latte.  I love my trusty Delonghi machine for a bit of luxury but am also quite partial to an instant coffee fix too so when the ‘Dalgona’ craze came along, I was well prepared.


Ingredients –

This will make 1 drink but let’s be honest, you may want to double it because 1 will not be enough.

  • 1tbsp hot water
  • 1tbsp instant coffee powder (I used Nescafé Azera)
  • 1tbsp granulated sugar
  • 60ml vodka
  • 40ml Kahlúa
  • 60ml whole milk
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Method –

  1. Combine the hot water, instant coffee and sugar in a bowl.  Use an electric mixer to whip until it’s fluffy and light, this will take between 2-3 minutes.  You can also do this by hand but prepare for it to take longer!
  2. Fill a glass with ice.  Add the vodka

1. Combine the hot water, instant coffee, and honey in a bowl. Using an electric mixer, whip until fluffy and light, 2-3 minutes. Alternately, you can do this with a hand frother too.

2. Fill a glass with ice. Add the vodka, Kahlúa and the vanilla extract.  Stir it all up together and then pour the milk over and stir again to combine.  Spoon the whipped coffee on top and before drinking, stir it all together again.  This way you won’t be drinking milky alcohol, you’ll get the coffee in there too.  Enjoy!

You can of course substitute the whole milk for nut milk and if you’re not into the artificially sweet taste, you can use 1tbsp of honey instead of sugar.  Also, play around with the different measures of alcohol to find what suits your taste best.

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