Start your day off with a fizzy and refreshing pick-me-up! Orange spiced coffee is taken to a new level in this bubbly espresso tonic recipe! It’s super easy to make and very refreshing, with warm spices and sweet orange complimenting the cool tonic and espresso. It will make you feel like a barista at home, and will have you making orange spiced espresso tonics for all of your friends and family!
What Is Espresso Tonic?
Espresso tonic is a combination of espresso, tonic water and a citrus juice, such as lemon juice, lime juice or orange juice. The quinine in the tonic water adds a refreshing and slightly bitter flavor to the rich, complex flavor of espresso. It’s EXTRA bubbly, and seriously addicting!
What Does Espresso Tonic Recipe Taste Like?
Well, if you like tonic drinks, you will definitely love this recipe! If you don’t typically like the flavor of tonic water, then you probably won’t like this (just being honest!). It has that bitter quinine flavor that pairs beautifully with the rich flavor of espresso.
The spices used in the fresh squeezed orange juice mixture contribute a deep warmness to this coffee drink, despite it being served over ice!
What Ingredients Are Needed To Make An Orange Spiced Espresso Tonic?
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Who Will Love This Coffee Recipe?
Anyone who enjoys coffee, and also enjoys tonic, will absolutely love this espresso tonic recipe. If you don’t like tonic, then you are probably out of luck. But if you’re the type of person who’s go-to drink at the bar is a gin and tonic, than you are going to LOVE this easy morning drink! The quinine in the tonic water compliments the acidity of the coffee perfectly.
Pouring in a splash of orange juice really helps to add a little sweetness and extra pizzazz to this effervescent drink!
When To Serve It:
I first experienced tonic coffee about 3 years ago at a small coffee shop outside of Boston. I was so obsessed with it, I used to make it every day before work! It is a great quick morning beverage because you can just pour it all in your to-go cup, and you’re good!
This is also a fantastic brunch recipe, because you can always add alcohol to it! Orange coffee tonic can also be a wonderful holiday coffee idea! When you offer your family members coffee after Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner, they won’t be expecting this festive take on an ice coffee!
I also find that I crave it as a fall coffee recipe. When the air begins to crisp up, but the sun is still strong, adding the warm spices to this iced coffee drink makes for the perfect early fall drink recipe!
What Can I Use Instead Of Espresso?
If you do not have any espresso on hand, cold brew works great (though I personally like espresso better). You may find that you will want to use more cold brew for a ratio of 1:1 cold brew to tonic water.
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Orange Spiced Espresso Tonic
- 1/4 cup fresh squeezed orange juice (boxed is okay too)
- 1 tbsp water
- dash ground cloves
- dash ground ginger
- dash ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp sugar (or honey or agave nectar)
- 2 shots espresso
- 3/4 cup tonic water
- Make the espresso, and place in the refrigerator to cool.
- Pour the orange juice and 1 tbsp of water into a small sauce pan. Add a dash of ground cloves, a dash of ground ginger, dash of ground cinnamon and 1 tsp sugar. Bring the mixture to a boil and boil for 30 seconds while whisking. Once done, place in the refrigerator to cool.
- When ready to make, fill a glass with ice. Pour in the tonic water first, then the espresso and orange juice mixture. Option to garnish with an orange slice. Mix well and enjoy!