The 9 Most-Viral TikTok Drinks You Can Make at Home
These beverages are super hyped, but are they any good? We asked a recipe developer to weigh in.
When it comes to viral drinks, TikTok gives and gives … and gives. It seems like every week there’s a new drink catching on! From jammy selzers to whipped coffees, the social media platform is stocked full of creamy, fruity, caffeinated and over-the-top beverages. But are they any good? We asked Food Network Recipe Developer Amanda Neal for her take on TikTok's most popular drinks — and for her suggestions on how you can take your own versions up a notch. Here's what she had to share!
Japanese Iced Coffee
Japanese Iced Coffee — which has racked up a cumulative 2.1 million views on TikTok — "is made by brewing directly onto ice," explains @sylvia.wakana in a popular video displaying the method. "Not only is this an extremely easy way to make coffee, but by rapidly chilling the freshly brewed coffee, it preserves the bright, clean, just-made flavor and aroma," she says. Wakana, a food and culture blogger, also explains that, while you can use any ice while brewing your coffee, she prefers the specialty "Kuramoto’s Ice" because it is slow-melting, devoid of flavor and very pretty. (For her recipe, check out her blog.) Neal says this pour-over-style iced coffee is "great for single servings. And because it’s quickly cooled down over ice, it has less acidity and bitterness than hot brewed coffee, so it should feel smooth on the palate." The Food Network recipe maven is especially intrigued by the specialty ice in Wakana’s video. "It is beautiful and I would love to try it," Neal adds.
What in the world is Dirty Soda? In a recent article, we described it as "basically an alcohol-free ‘mocktail’ made with diet cola, coconut syrup, lime juice and either half-and-half or non-dairy creamer, in its most classic form, served all mixed together over ice." The drink, which originated in Utah, is also a favorite of popstar Olivia Rodrigo. In fact, "Dirty Soda” videos have racked up 15.3 million views on TikTok. Neal says the "sweet and indulgent" drink reminds her of a root-beer float or Coke float (i,e., Coke with a scoop of ice cream). With a slew of devotees, it also "feels like a bigger part of the nostalgia-trend that’s happening on TikTok and social media as a whole," she adds.
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Jam and Seltzer
Taking a scoop of jam and adding sparkling water (flavored or otherwise) is pretty basic. But it’s also kind of genius! In this video, which has collected 572.7K views, @katchaomeow tries it with raspberry lychee preserves (two teaspoons or one heaping tablespoon…) and lime LaCroix and declares it "so good." Neal loves how "customizable" the drink is. "You can basically use any jam or marmalade with any flavored seltzer," she notes, adding that it’s a great way to use the last bit of jam or jelly at the bottom of a jar. "Any berry preserve with a citrusy seltzer would be delicious, such as blackberry preserves with lemon seltzer," Neal advises. "Strawberry jam with a grapefruit seltzer also sounds like a winner, because the sweet strawberry would balance the tart grapefruit wonderfully. I would even try a bit of lemon curd or lime curd and plain seltzer, for a super bright — and sweet — drink," she further adds.
Internal Shower Drink
The popularity of this high-fiber beverage — made from water, lemon and chia seeds — is unmistakable; the drink, which seeks to encourage "natural elimination," has racked up 222.8 million views on TikTok so far. (This funny one has 3 million views alone.) Commenting on the TikTok trend, Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN, FAND, registered dietitian, award-winning nutrition expert and author of Diabetes Create Your Plate Meal Prep Cookbook, recently told FN Dish says "start chia seeds in a much smaller volume with water and work your way up." Neal says that, while the drink doesn’t look tasty, she "could see the appeal if someone is looking for a quick fiber-fix." But, she adds, "there are an assortment of products on the market that will provide similar, if not better, results, such as this Digestion Lemonade Powder from Sunwink. So I would suggest leaving this drink on TikTok and out of your home kitchen."
Dalgona Coffee (aka "creamy coffee"), now with a collective 741.8 M views on TikTok, was one of the first pandemic-era drinks to go viral, back in March 2020. "This easy-to-make beverage hails from South Korea and is comprised of just four simple ingredients: instant coffee, sugar, hot water and a milk of your choice (non-dairy alternatives are a-OK)," one of our writers told you at the time. Part of the appeal, Neal says, is how "satisfying" it is "to watch the coffee become foamy and creamy in a matter of seconds. And it tastes really good." Feel free to customize this drink with the milk of your choice, such as plant-based milks or chocolate dairy milk, she advises.
Apple Cider Mimosas
Refreshing summer drinks definitely hold considerable appeal on TikTok, but these trending Apple Cider Mimosas (undeniably popular, with 105 million views) are all about the fall vibes. (Rimming the glasses with caramel, cinnamon and brown sugar is an especially bewitching autumnal touch.) "This is a fun, fall take on a mimosa," Neal says. "It seems that everyone buys apple cider in the fall, whether they buy a jug while apple-picking or at the local farmers' market." Neal suggests adding "a touch of orange juice or even carrot juice" to Apple Cider Mimosas, "so there’s some acidity and balance to the drink."
White Claw Slushies
"Another viral pandemic drink!" Neal exclaims. With 1.4 million total views and endless variations, these easy, boozy and icy blended drinks pretty much all look refreshing and delicious! "I’m a big fan of the Black Cherry White Claw blended with frozen cherries and frozen strawberries," Neal says. "I would also recommend the Ruby Grapefruit White Claw with frozen bananas and frozen pineapple — it’s very tropical in flavor and the banana gives a creamier (less icy) texture."
Creamy Lemonade (not to be confused with its citrusy, also-social-media-trendy cousin Whipped Lemonade) was a viral hit last summer — and has racked up a mind-boggling 1.6 billion (yes, with a "b") views on TikTok to date. "This is lemonade on another level! Just add sweetened condensed milk to your lemonade recipe and enjoy!" said @feelgoodfoodie in one popular video. Neal says the addition of sweetened condensed milk "provides a nice level of sweetness and a touch of creaminess" to your lemonade and advises that "no additional sugar is needed." Her suggested variations include spiking it with vodka for a boozy beverage or swapping in lime juice for lemon juice "for a creamy limeade drink." (Mmmm...)
Despite its TikTok-given name, this viral drink — made by mixing balsamic vinegar and sparkling water — is not Coke, and it may not be all that healthy, either. One of our writers tried it recently and found that, while it looked like cola, it tasted nothing like it. In fact, if we're being perfectly honest, she was pretty unimpressed. Still, with 84 million views, it’s definitely catching on with someone. "People are adjusting the recipe with different flavored seltzer beverages," Neal notes. "I’ve also seen some people make a fruit and balsamic syrup — such as balsamic and fresh cherries — and then stir the syrup into seltzer. That sounds more balanced in flavor as opposed to the straight balsamic vinegar." Neal has one more piece of advice for those anxious to try this super-hyped beverage: "Opt for an aged balsamic that’s a little sweeter and more mild in flavor."