Turkish Delight Coffee

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Hot coffee lightly sweetened with sugar and spices then topped off with fresh whipped cream spiked with orange liqueur.

A clear coffee mug with coffee on the bottom two thirds and whipped cream on the top with orange zest on top and an orange in the background on a blue and orange background.

So every time I hear Turkish Delight I think of Ginger Fields.   Who is Ginger Fields?  She was a 5th grade teacher at the school I where I teach and every year I seemed to end up in her classroom when she read the book The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. 

I usually don’t stay in classrooms when teachers read books because it’s not the best use of my time but I loved hearing her read.   She read the same handful of books every year but I still enjoyed it.   So every year she would get to the part about Turkish Delight and then the kids would talk about it.

One year she asked if I would make some for her class.   I said I would and looked all over for a recipe.  It’s a chewy gel candy made out of cornstarch and sugar then is flavored with rosewater, lemon, or orange.   I flavored mine with lemon or orange because I didn’t think the kids would like rosewater.   It was interesting and that’s the flavor I think of every time I hear Turkish Delight.

Pin Image: Text overlay over a clear coffee mug filled two thirds of the way with coffee then topped with fresh whipped cream and bits of orange zest.

So when I came across a recipe for Turkish Delight Coffee I knew I had to make it.  The recipe was for iced coffee but since I’m not a fan of iced coffee I simply turned it into a hot coffee.

The actual coffee recipe is simple.  It’s just coffee, sugar, and cardamom.   The flavor comes from the whipped cream.   You whip the heavy cream yourself along with orange liqueur and sugar.  The coffee is topped with the cream so when you drink it you get flavor from both the cream and coffee.

I really enjoyed this coffee and thought it was perfect in the afternoon after work.   It didn’t have much alcohol in it, just enough that you could taste it which was great.   The combination of orange and cardamom was really tasty and totally reminded me of Turkish Delight. 

A clear coffee mug with coffee on the bottom two thirds and whipped cream on the top with orange zest on top.

Pro Tips and Substitutions:

  • If you don’t want to use liqueur you can simply add in 1 tablespoon of fresh orange juice instead.
  • Adjust the sugar in the coffee to your liking.  I like it just a little sweet so I used 1 tablespoon of sugar but you can use more or less.
  • Play around with the spice.   Add cinnamon or nutmeg in place of the cardamom or in addition to it.

A clear coffee mug with coffee on the bottom two thirds and whipped cream on the top with orange zest on top and an orange in the background on a blue and orange background.

Turkish Delight Coffee

Strong, hot coffee mixed with sugar and cardamom then topped off with orange flavored homemade whipped cream.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 222kcal
Author: Hezzi-D


  • 1/4 c. heavy cream
  • 2 t. orange liqueur
  • 4 T. sugar divided
  • 2 c. strong coffee
  • 1 t. cardamom
  • orange zest


  • In a medium bowl combine the heavy cream, liqueur, and 2 tablespoons of sugar. Whisk by hand of with a hand mixer until firm peaks form. Set aside.
  • Add one tablespoon of sugar and 1/2 teaspoon of cardamom to each of two mugs. Pour one cup of hot, strong coffee into each mug and stir.
  • Divide the whipped cream between the two mugs. Top with fresh orange zest.


Recipe from Rachael Ray Magazine, October 2017.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 222kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 13mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 27g
A clear mug filled with two thirds of coffee and topped with whipped cream and orange zest. Behind the mug is an orange and a zester.

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  1. Cardamom is DA BOMB! It’s one of my fave spices. The hubs doesn’t like it near as much as I do, but it’s one I use regularly. Totally trying this one.

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