Coffee Cocktail: Experiencing Espresso Tonic

Coffee Cocktail: Experiencing Espresso Tonic

Coffee Cocktail: Experiencing Espresso Tonic

Have you ever imagined a caffeinated libation that seamlessly fuses the stimulant nature of coffee and the zesty effervescence of tonic water? Let us introduce you to the Espresso Tonic, a trendy cocktail capturing hearts across the globe. It's a stimulating combination of aromatic espresso and sparkling tonic water served on the rocks - the embodiment of freshness with an energy boost!

In this guide, we'll explore the art crafting a homemade Espresso Tonic. Along with a step-by-step guide, we'll also delve into tips to perfect the flavor and share twists you can try for a personalized touch.

The Espresso Tonic: A Brief History

The origin of the Espresso Tonic can be traced back to "Cold Drip," a slower brewing process used by coffee aficionados, requiring up to 24 hours of preparation. However, the Espresso Tonic is a simpler beverage, borrowing the concept but not the complexity. This invigorating drink originated from the competitive world of baristas in cultural hubs like Berlin and New York, making its way globally. The Espresso Tonic is gaining popularity due to its intriguing combination of flavors. The bitter undertones of tonic water brilliantly complement the fruity notes of espresso. And the best part? You don’t need a fancy coffee machine or boring chemistry to prepare it!

How to Brew an Espresso Tonic: Unleashing the Barista in You

Crafting the perfect Espresso Tonic is straightforward and hardly takes 10 minutes. The key lies in using high-quality ingredients. Follow our step-by-step guide and start brewing!

The Essentials:

  • Roughly 60 millilitres of freshly brewed, aromatic Espresso
  • About 180 millilitres of Tonic Water
  • Ice cubes to fill up the glass
  • Optional: Zest of an organic lemon or orange, a slice of lime, mint or rosemary
  • Optional: 2 to 4 cl of your favorite Gin


  • Long drink glass or whisky tumbler
  • Espresso
  • Espresso machine, automatic coffee machine or French Press
  • Optional: Cocktail layer

Step 1: Harness the Power of Espresso

Prepare an espresso with your machine, automatic coffee machine, or a French Press. You may opt for a 'Doppio' if you desire a stronger coffee flavor.

Step 2: Let's get Cool

Fill your long drink glass or whisky tumbler with ice cubes. Pour in the tonic water of your choice. Let it sit for a few seconds to allow the bubbles to settle.

Step 3: Unite the Tonic and Espresso

Slowly pour the freshly brewed espresso over the ice cubes. The objective is to keep the two liquids from fully integrating, preserving the creamy top layer. You can achieve this by using a cocktail layering tool or Latte-Macchiato pitcher.

Step 4: Garnish and Jazz it up!

Garnish your Espresso Tonic with optional flavor elements like citrus zests, a slice of lime, mint leaves or a sprig of rosemary. These garnishes can add a special touch to the drink: Orange or lemon zest will add a sweet and citric profile, while a mint leaf or grated lemon rind imparts a certain freshness – perfect for hot summer days.

Your Espresso Tonic is ready to be enjoyed immediately - the ice cubes cool the coffee right away, offering a refreshing, caffeinated sip.

Keys to Perfect Espresso Tonic

Just as it is important to choose the right coffee, choosing your tonic water is also a matter of personal taste. If your espresso is more on the bitter side, a sweeter, or lemony tonic complements the drink well. For a fruity coffee blend, a bitter variant like Dry Tonic Water works best. If you fancy an Irish Coffee with a refreshing twist, add in a couple of shots of Dry or London Dry Gin to your Espresso Tonic. It's a perfect blend for a refreshing summer high!


Our guide offers a comprehensive understanding of the Espresso Tonic, allowing you to craft this trending cocktail at home. Understanding the harmony between flavors, the pivotal role of quality ingredients, and the nuances of the brewing process will make your Espresso Tonic a memorable delight. So, put on your barista hat and start brewing!

Whether you're hosting a party, planning a brunch, or simply longing for a revitalizing coffee break, an Espresso Tonic is your perfect companion. It brings together the unmatchable freshness of a tonic and the peppy caffeine kick of an espresso. Nothing shouts 'refreshing' better than an Espresso Tonic. Taste one, and you'll know why it's the new trending sensation in the coffee world!

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