The Frothy Coffee Drink Taking Instagram by Storm

It’s 2020 and much of the world is stuck indoors, sheltering in place and staying home to avoid the spread of the novel coronavirus. While COVID-19 continues to spread through communities, those working from home or experiencing work cuts are turning pent-up energy into kitchen creativity. Recently, a 3-ingredient coffee drink made the rounds on Instagram, capturing the attention of those self-isolating. Called Dalgona, this creamy, frothy drink is extraordinarily easy to make.  

Dalgona originates in South Korea, and it is made of just three ingredients: sugar, water, and instant coffee. The coffee drink is allegedly named for a Korean street food that uses sugar and baking soda. The sweet concoction involves a glass of ice-cold milk topped with the frothy coffee creation. When stirred together, the coffee drink resembles a Starbucks Frappuccino.  

Photos and videos of the unique brew are going viral. If you want to get in on the action, here’s how to make it yourself. 


  • 2 tbsp instant coffee 
  • 2 tbsp hot water 
  • 2 tbsp sugar 
  • Milk 


Using a whisk, fork, or hand mixer, whisk together the coffee, water, and sugar. After just a couple of minutes, the mixture will begin to froth up. As air enters the concoction, it will become pillowy, resembling chocolate mousse. Once you’ve achieved the desired texture, pour milk into a glass and top with the coffee fluff. Mix together for a cool, delicious, and easy pick-me-up – either to start your day or beat a mid-day slump.  

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