Espresso tonic

A pretty simple recipe for a very nice cold drink.

Basic ingredients:

  • 1 double shot of espresso (32g from 16g of coffee)
  • 6-8 ounces of tonic water (I use Q-Tonic or Fever-Tree)
  • Ice
  • Lime wedge (optional)


  1. Brew the espresso into a cocktail glass
  2. Add ice and stir
  3. Slowly add tonic water, stirring to help the foam subside
  4. Add a squeeze of lime (optional)
  5. Enjoy

The order doesn’t really matter, although setp 5 should probably come last.

I do not recommend pre-chilling the glass, as that can lead to it shattering due to thermal shock.

In the past I have also experimented with pouring the tonic over ice and then brewing the espresso into it, but that tends to cause uncontrolled foaming.

As usual, James Hoffmann has a much deeper dive.


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