Start your day off with a fizzy and refreshing pick-me-up! Fresh squeezed orange juice is boiled with aromatic spices, then poured over iced espresso, before bubbly tonic water finishes it off. This espresso tonic recipe 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 Does This 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 beautifuly 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!
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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!
What sounds better than fizzy, bubbly coffee? I’ll wait. When tonic water is mixed with cold brew coffee or cold espresso, MAGIC happens. You get a delicious and effervescent morning beverage that is both refreshing and fun! Just plain old coffee and tonic are totally fine…but think about all of the flavors that you can …
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!
Garnish it with an orange peel and thyme, and you will really be the talk of the party!
Orange Spiced Espresso Tonic
- 1/4 cup fresh squeezed orange juice (boxed is okay too)
- 1 tbsp water
- dash ground cloves
- dash ground ginger
- 1 tsp sugar (or honey)
- 2 shots espresso
- 1/2 cup tonic water
- Optional: dash of cinnamon
- 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 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, espresso and orange juice mixture. Option to put a dash of cinnamon over the top. Mix well and enjoy!