You may simply imagine that a tub of instant coffee is just for making the odd Cup of Joe very quickly in the morning.
For any coffee addict, using instant coffee can become a bit of a chore yet you can sample the flavor in so many different creations.
Of course, you can use it to create a range of coffee-based beverages which is a bit obvious. However, you can also use instant coffee in alcoholic beverages, ice cream, and even baking.
For any coffee lover who wants to get creative with some instant coffee, there are many recipes to try. In this article, we will look at 20 simple and easy instant coffee recipes.
Making a batch of whipped coffee is effortless and you only need the same ingredients as you would need for a regular coffee. Instead of in a cup, mix together equal parts of hot water, sugar, and instant coffee powder in a bowl.
Use an electric mixer or a hand whisk to beat the mixture until light and fluffy. You can use the whipped coffee as an addition to a cup of milk with some ice in it.
For a simple and quick instant iced coffee throw a cup of ice cubes, a cup of milk, and half a cup of water into a blender.
Next, add between two and three teaspoons of instant coffee powder with two to three teaspoons of brown sugar. Blitz it all together, add some ice cubes to a glass, and pour in the coffee.
This is a frothy coffee you can create at home but tastes as good as one ordered in a café.
You will still need the requisite ingredients for a coffee so add one and a half teaspoons of instant coffee powder to one and a half tablespoons of sugar and give it a stir.
Add three tablespoons of boiling water and stir briskly for between three and four minutes.
The color will lighten and then you can heat up a cup of milk in a saucepan to a boil and pour it into a glass jar or Thermos flask so you can handle it properly.
Seal the jar or the flask and shake it vigorously to froth up. Pour the milk froth over the coffee mix and gradually add half of the mix to stir it together. Once combined, pour the rest of the milk with the frothy layer and serve.
For that true barista style, sprinkle on cocoa powder or ground cinnamon.
Another partly whipped coffee that some would call trendy is a Dalgona Coffee. Here, you can combine the two tablespoons each of instant coffee powder, sugar, and boiling water.
Add a tablespoon of cocoa powder then whisk the mix with an electric mixer until firm peaks form and the coffee becomes frothy. Finally, spoon over cold milk or steamed milk.
You may be used to paying big bucks for a Vanilla Mocha Iced Coffee in the shops yet you can make one at home. Mix together a tablespoon of instant coffee powder with a quarter cup of sugar and dissolve in a cup of boiling water.
Add a tablespoon each of vanilla extract and chocolate syrup then stir in one and a half cups of whole milk. Throw a few ice cubes into a glass, pour over the mixture, and enjoy.
The macchiato is a specialist order in any coffee shop, but you can make your own with instant coffee powder.
First, pour three tablespoons of caramel sauce into the bottom of a tall coffee glass and create half a cup of coffee or a shot of espresso just as you would normally from the instant coffee powder.
Pour in the coffee or espresso then steam or heat up whole milk and add it to the glass. Add some fluffy whipped cream and another drizzle of caramel sauce on top.
Yes, the possibilities are there for instant coffee using almond milk at home too.
You will need a saucepan to whisk together a tablespoon of sugar, a cup of almond milk, half a tablespoon of cocoa powder, and a tablespoon of instant coffee powder.
Whisk the mix together while it heats up and then pour it into your favorite mug. You may even add some whipped cream and some chocolate sauce as a topping too.
As you may expect, Nutella goes really well with coffee flavor so you should try making this coffee shake. In a blender, blitz together milk, ice, sugar, Nutella, vanilla extract, and instant coffee powder.
Once the mixture has reached your desired consistency, serve it right away.
You can make your own indulgent Creamy Mocha Hot Cocoa in a microwave-safe cup as a treat. Heat up the milk in the cup in the microwave then add in the cocoa powder and instant coffee powder to blend together.
Top with whipped cream and a sprinkling of cinnamon powder
A coffee-shop-worthy coffee is this No Machine Café Mocha. Combine hot water with cocoa powder, sugar, and instant coffee powder in a mug.
Add dark chocolate, with more hot water and wait until the chocolate softens then mix it together.
Add more sugar and instant coffee powder then heat up the milk in a pan and pour it into a jar. Seal then shake the bottle until the milk is frothy, swirl in a frothing pitcher, and pour the mixture into the coffee and chocolate.
You will need a saucepan to create this beverage, simply to melt chocolate morsels in milk with vanilla extract and coffee creamer. Whisk it together and bring it to a boil, then add the instant coffee powder, stir, and enjoy while hot.
You will need a frappé mixer for this Greek coffee but start by combining the instant coffee powder with sugar and around two or three tablespoons of cold water.
Use an electric whizzer to whip up the mixture until it produces a creamy foam then pour it into a serving glass. Add ice cubes and evaporated milk then fill up with cold water.
For an Iced Caramel Latte, you will need to mix instant coffee powder with cold water to fully dissolve. Add caramel syrup to an ice-filled glass then add in the coffee mixture.
Top up with as much milk as you want and then top with whipped cream. As long as the cream sits in the glass, you can even add another drizzle of caramel syrup.
A version of the Dalgona Coffee that is ideal for fall is this Pumpkin Spice Whipped Coffee. In a mason jar, combine two tablespoons each of instant coffee powder, white sugar, and boiling water.
Add between a quarter and a half a teaspoon of pumpkin spice then beat it all together with an electric mixer. The coffee mixture should whip up and become frothy and you can spoon the mixture over iced or hot steamed milk.
15. Iced Cappuccino
Instead of ordering an iced cappuccino, you can simply make one at home. Dissolve one and a half tablespoons of instant coffee powder with one and a half tablespoons of hot water.
Pour this into a blender and add half a tablespoon of cocoa powder with two tablespoons of maple syrup and a third of a cup of milk.
Once the ingredients are combined, add ice cubes and blitz until frothy then add three tablespoons of either coffee cream or half-and-half.
For this indulgent recipe, you will have to serve it cold. Start by whisking together instant coffee powder with sugar and water until creamy. Fill a glass with Irish Cream and milk then pour the coffee milk over for a tasty treat.
Creating Russian Black Bread can be really simple when you use a bread maker. Read the instructions for the bread machine and add the ingredients in order.
Those include water, cider vinegar, bread flour, rye flour, salt, margarine, dark corn syrup, brown sugar, cocoa powder, and instant coffee powder.
You will also need caraway seeds, fennel seeds, and that crucial active dry yeast. As soon as the baking cycle has finished, remove the bread from the machine, and leave it to cool before slicing.
You can also create mini treats with instant coffee powder like these Dark Mocha Crinkles. Combine the instant coffee powder with brown sugar, white sugar, and butter then beat until creamy.
Blend in vanilla extract and eggs then flour, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder until a dough has formed. Shape the dough into balls, roll in sugar and bake until the edges are set and immediately press in a dark chocolate wafer.
For a miniature version of Irish Coffee, heat up water until boiling then add instant coffee powder and brown sugar. Pour this into shot glasses then top with Irish whiskey and whipped cream.
This recipe is great for batch cooking as you can cook it all up in a pan, save it, and reheat it again at your leisure. Combine milk with heavy cream, chocolate flavor syrup, and instant coffee powder. Stir constantly and serve once steaming.
Bonus Section: Desserts
You can also use instant coffee powder to make a range of desserts including Tiramisu Layer Cake, Chocolate Cappuccino Cheesecake, and Caramel Macchiato Ice Cream.
Anyone that has made Tiramisu should know that it involves coffee flavor. For the sponge, use a package of moist white cake mix to combine with water, oil, and egg whites then divide two-thirds of the batter between two greased baking pans.
In the remaining third of the batter, mix in instant coffee and pour that into another greased baking pan. Bake the sponge and leave it to cool completely while you make a syrup which is simply coffee liqueur mixed with brewed coffee.
For the filling, beat together confectioners’ sugar with mascarpone and more coffee liqueur until smooth.
Cover the filling with a plastic wrap and refrigerate while you make the frosting from beaten-together confectioners’ sugar, cream, and even more coffee liqueur.
Fold half a cup of the frosting into the filling and keep both of the mixtures in the refrigerator.
Assemble the cake by poking holes into one of the sponges and pouring over syrup then covering it with filling. Repeat with another sponge and end by covering the top and sides of the layer cake with frosting.
Garnish with cocoa powder and chocolate curls.
That’s right, the instant coffee powder can even be used to create a delicious cheesecake. Start by combining softened butter with chocolate wafer crumbs, white sugar, and cinnamon as a base layer in a springform pan.
In a bowl, beat softened cream cheese until it becomes smooth then add in sugar and gradually add eggs to beat until fully incorporated.
In another bowl, melt semi-sweet chocolate with whipping cream, stirring until smooth. Mix the chocolate mixture with the cream cheese mixture then stir in salt, sour cream, coffee liqueur, coffee from instant coffee powder, and vanilla extract.
Pour the mix into the prepared pan and bake until the center has become soft then leave to firm up with the oven door open.
Allow to chill for at least 12 hours in the refrigerator then garnish with chocolate leaves and coffee with flavored whipped cream.
Incorporate that delicious taste of coffee in some Caramel Macchiato Ice Cream. Whisk together a cup of milk, two tablespoons of instant coffee powder, a full cup of white sugar, and a pinch of salt.
Once the sugar has fully dissolved, stir in two cups of heavy cream then cover the bowl and leave in the refrigerator for at least two hours.
Pour the mixture into an ice cream maker to churn then freeze until it reaches a consistency where it can be softly served.
Move half of the mixture to a plastic container with a lid and pour on caramel sauce then add on the rest of the ice cream and add even more caramel.
Create swirls in the ice cream with a knife then cover with plastic wrap, seal, and leave in the freezer overnight.
The humble tub of instant coffee powder can become a fixture in your cupboard. Not only can you create a quick cup of coffee when you are in the rush but you would be surprised by how many recipes use it as an ingredient.
Try to find your favorite instant coffee or you could use it up so often that you could go through a range of flavors and brands. Just make sure that you have an electric mixer as a lot of recipes will require one.
Frequently Asked Questions
There are certain things you can do to make great coffee from instant coffee powder and that includes filling your mug with boiling water to preheat it.
Give it a full minute after the water has boiled before combining it with instant coffee powder. Only add a small amount at first to ensure that the powder fully dissolves first before adding the rest of the water.
If you are struggling with the taste of instant coffee then you can simply add sugar to sweeten the taste as it can be quite bitter. A drizzle of flavored coffee syrup can also help, as can milk, creamer, and even salt.