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Okay, We Might Be Obsessed with NIKI’s Turmeric Ginger Latte

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The 88rising star is keepin’ it spicy with her immune-boosting latte recipe

 

 

Are you sick of whipping your dalgona coffee to stiff-peaked perfection? Because I’m about one drink away from sporting an uneven pair of biceps, so I might just be a little tired of it.

 

Everyone has turned into a home-based barista over the quarantine period, and South Korea’s dalgona coffee (otherwise known as frothy coffee) has led the DIY drink movement. Don’t get me wrong—when the trend first went viral, we dove head-first into it too. We measured. We mixed. We whisked like our lives depended on it. But now that we’re easing into the second month of lockdown and we’ve got our barista skills on lock, we’re eager to expand our horizons.

 

Enter: NIKI’s turmeric ginger latte recipe.

 

Swooping in with a follow-up to her take on Panda Express’ orange chicken, the 88rising songstress delivers a DIY drink to spice up our mornings and light up our work-from-home afternoons. Ahead, let NIKI school you concocting on the immune-boosting drink herself.

 

 

What you’ll need:

Almond milk, or any milk alternative

Turmeric, fresh or ground

Fresh ginger

Honey or maple syrup

Ground pepper

Coconut oil

 

What to do: 

Fill a mug with your milk of choice. Slice and peel a piece of ginger (NIKI used a thumb-sized piece!). In a pot, stir the milk, ginger and a generous dash of turmeric together over medium to high heat. For extra frothiness, put the mixture into a blender. Add 1 to 2 teaspoons of honey (or if you’re all out, whip out the maple syrup), a dash of ground black pepper and half a tablespoon of coconut oil. Blend and garnish with a dash of black pepper. Serve.

 

 

We’ll all be at home, itching for a semblance of the outside world for the foreseeable future, so we’ve come prepared. Once you graduate from NIKI’s turmeric ginger latte, consider these options. Six drinks—a mix of delightfully caffeinated and pleasurably alcoholic—for your consideration.

 

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Iced Milo Mocha

 

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What you’ll need:

2 Milo sachets

Hot water

Milk

Espresso (or black instant coffee)

Ice

 

What to do: Mix the Milo sachets with water in a cup, using just enough hot water to melt the powder. Fill a separate glass with ice. Pour in the Milo, milk and espresso (or instant coffee). Serve.

Follow goghxbyeorri on Instagram for more coffee recipes you can replicate from home!

 

Mocha Latte with a Twist

 

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What you’ll need:

Milo

1 packet instant coffee

1/3 cup hot water

Milk

Ice

 

What to do:

Scoop three heaping spoonfuls of Milo into a cup and mix with milk. Pour the mixture into a popsicle mold (or iced candy wrappers if you have ‘em!) and freeze overnight to make Milo popsicles. Separately, mix one packet of instant coffee with 1/3 cup of hot water. 

Fill a glass with ice cubes and add in a frozen Milo popsicle. Fill the glass halfway with milk and pour in the instant coffee mixture. Serve.

Ryeon Cafe is one of our favorite home cafe Instagram accounts. Hit follow on their page for more coffee, tea and juice inspo!

 

The Instant Latte

 

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What you’ll need:

3 packets 3-in-1 instant coffee

Hot water

Milk

Ice

 

What to do:

Empty three packets of 3-in-1 instant coffee into a cup. Add 50 grams of hot water and stir until particles completely dissolve. Separately, add ice to a glass. Fill the glass halfway with milk. Pouring a little at a time, add the instant coffee mixture. Add more milk as needed. Serve.

 

White Grape Soju-rita

 

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What you’ll need:

1 bottle white grape soju (or flavored soju of your choice)

Tonic water or soda water

Ice

Grapes, halved (optional)

 

What to do:

In a wide cocktail glass, add ice cubes and grapes. Fill the glass halfway with tonic water. Uncap the soju bottle and carefully tip it into the glass. Add more tonic water as needed. Serve. 

Jeremy Bearimy posts everything from cocktail tutorials to Instagrammable, cafe-worthy dishes. Check out the rest of their posts on the ‘gram!

 

Grape and Mint Gin Tonic

What you’ll need:

5 grapes

Pinch of rock salt

Fresh mint leaves, rinsed

1/3 cup gin

2/3 cup tonic water

Ice

Lemon peel (optional)

Apple slice (optional)

Dried rosemary (optional)

 

What to do:

Muddle the grapes and salt in a mortar and pestle. Alternatively, add them to a bowl and crush them with a fork, and add them to your glass. Add the gin. Rub the the mint leaves to release their oils, and add them to the glass. Add 4 medium-sized ice cubes into the glass , then pour in the tonic water. If lemon peel is available, take a string of it and pinch, twist and add it to the cocktail. Garnish with an apple slice and top off with a pinch of dried rosemary, if available. Serve.

Between crying over school projects and binge-watching anime, Industrial Design student Nina Treñas spends her evenings crafting alcoholic drinks for herself and the family. Check out her Instagram stories for more gin tonic recipes!

 

Gin Fizz

 

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What you’ll need:

45ml gin

20ml lemon juice

10 grams sugar 

Soda water

Ice

Lemon, sliced (optional)

 

What to do:

In a cocktail shaker (or a tumbler), add in the gin, lemon juice and sugar. In a tall glass, add ice. Pour the gin mixture and add soda water until the glass is full. Add in lemon slices for garnish. Serve.

 

Another coffee and cocktail favorite, Co___nan on Instagram makes even the most colorful, multi-layered drinks look like a breeze to make. Check their profile for more drinks (and hit follow while you’re at it!)

 

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So, what’s it gonna be today? Are you feeling more barista or bartender? Take these drink recipes for a spin—and don’t forget to tag us (and NIKI!) when you post them on the ‘gram!

 

Stream and download Switchblade by NIKI, available everywhere now. Follow NIKI on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook

 

 

Art Matthew Ian Fetalver

Special thanks 88rising

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