Whipped coffee was an internet sensation last year, with tons of variations coming from this simple, cheap recipe. All you need are instant coffee granules, hot water, and sugar. With three simple ingredients, a new idea was born and the internet loved it.
Why not combine whipped coffee into a traditional boozy drink? This Easy Whipped Coffee White Russian is the perfect nightcap to both keep you awake and get you tipsy. The bottom of the drink consists of vanilla vodka, Kahlua coffee liqueur, and milk. The whole thing is then topped with thick, creamy whipped coffee.
Making whipped coffee couldn’t be simpler. It’s as easy as making whipped cream! You can use a whisk, a stand mixer, or a hand mixer. Hand mixers are preferred, but use whatever you have. Combine the hot water, sugar, and coffee granules into a bowl and mix on medium speed for 2-4 minutes until the coffee is thick, frothy, and creamy.
It’s important to note that regular coffee or coffee grounds will not whip in the same way. For whipped coffee to whip correctly, only instant coffee granules will work. The instant coffee bonds with the hot water and sugar which allows the texture to change as air is incorporated.
The whipped coffee is the topping, but the White Russian is located under the coffee layer. As the whipped coffee sits, it melts into the drink below it. Once the coffee mixes with the Kahlua and vodka, it becomes a sweet, coffee-forward cocktail that will warm your soul.
A White Russian is a cocktail typically containing vodka, coffee liqueur, cream, and ice. Milk or half and half is commonly substituted for cream. In this case, feel free to use a plant milk alternative to keep this drink dairy-free. You can also use a nut or oat milk variety of coffee creamer for more creaminess and flavor.
To add to the cocktail, vanilla vodka is used in place of traditional vodka. This adds a sweeter, more pleasant flavor to the drink than plain vodka. Feel free to use other dessert flavors, such as caramel or peppermint vodka to add your own personal flair to this drink.
Kahlua is a coffee liqueur, which has a strong, creamy flavor. It is often served with just cream over ice or made into a White Russian. Kahlua only highlights the whipped coffee in this beverage, making coffee the most pronounced flavor in both aspects of the cocktail.
In the end, adding some rich rum extract gives this drink a little something extra. There is plenty of alcohol inside, so it’s nice to add another flavor element without adding more booze. The rum extract is not traditional, but it brings out another rich note that pairs so well with the other flavors.
Begin by whipping your coffee. In a medium bowl, add the hot water, instant coffee granules, and sugar. Using an electric hand mixer, whip the ingredients together until it is a light and fluffy mixture. This will take up to 4 minutes.
To a tall glass, add ice all the way to the top. Add the vanilla vodka, Kahlua, milk of your choice, and rum extract. Stir with a drink stirrer and make sure everything is well combined.
Spoon your whipped coffee over the top of the vodka and Kahlua mixture. Serve with a straw and allow the coffee to melt into the drink. Stir to combine or allow the whipped coffee to melt slowly. Consume immediately.