How to Make Whipped Coffee

You may have seen it on Instagram or TikTok: a creamy, two-toned coffee drink amid the posts of push-up challenges, men growing mustaches and calls to draw a vegetable with your nose.

Known as whipped coffee, or dalgona coffee, the drink is made by whipping instant coffee with sugar and water, resulting in a butterscotch-hued foam that’s spooned over milk.

It first gained prominence in South Korea in January, after the actor Jung Il-woo tried it in Macau for “Stars’ Top Recipe at Fun-Staurant,” a popular television show. On the show, he said it reminded him of a South Korean honeycomb toffee confection called dalgona, giving it its name — and some traction. After the show aired, the drink went viral in South Korea, and has become a staple menu item in a number of coffee shops there.

“I never expected dalgona coffee to get this popular,” Mr. Jung said in an interview conducted through direct messages on Instagram.

Step 2: Whip, by hand or with a mixer.

Step 3: Continue mixing until the mixture turns from foamy to frothy to creamy.

Step 4: Spoon the fluffy mixture over milk in a glass filled with ice. (You could also spoon it over warm milk for a hot drink.)

Step 5: Combine and serve.