What is a Espresso Tonic?

An espresso tonic is tonic water and a double shot of espresso mixed together over ice.

This combination may catch you off guard, but it is said that the electric and citrus flavor of the tonic, mixed with the rich coffee is something rather addicting.

What is Espresso

If you are unfamiliar with this drink and want to find out more, then read on for all you need to know about this stylish combination.

Who Invented the Espresso Tonic?

Coffee’s popularity around the world is now so huge that it is no longer surprising to walk into a coffee shop and be greeted by a menu three feet tall with several dozen combinations, or even to find your favorite bar now has a selection of coffee-based cocktails.

The exact origin of this drink isn’t completely known, unfortunately it’s not a drink named after a celebrity or a famous place, so its arrival on the coffee scene was a little more low-key.

However, it has been available in cafes in Scandinavia, particularly in Sweden and Norway since around 2007, and while it has only been well known in the U.S for roughly the last five years, parts of Europe have been enjoying it for much longer.

Types of Coffee and Tonic to Use

Of course, when you are trying a new drink you want to taste it as it should be, therefore, quality ingredients are in order if you are going to be able to appreciate the full flavors of this drink.

Firstly, with the coffee, a fresh roasted single origin coffee from a high quality specialty roaster is better then a blended option. I usually like an African coffee such as a light to medium roasted Kenyan or Ethiopian as it gives a a smoother and more gentle taste,

Next, the tonic needs to be of quality, again, you want those all important flavors to mix well; so, choose a good brand, especially one that you enjoy drinking alone. It is better to avoid the cheaper brands such as Schweppes, and instead opt for something such as Fever-Tree or Q Indian Tonic Water.

How to Make An Espresso Tonic


This drink couldn’t get much simpler – this is a three ingredient drink. Of course, if you want to experiment with the flavors a little, you can always add a slice of lemon, or grapefruit, or even a spice such as nutmeg – it is entirely up to you.

  • Large Ice Cubes
  • Doubele Shot of Single Origin Espresso
  • Hight Quality Tonic Water

Espresso Tonic Step By Step Guide

Now that you learned everything you need to, it’s time for you to put one together yourself and see what you think.

Step 1. Grab a glass, preferably a long glass and add your ice to the top

Step 2. Pour in the tonic water about three quarters of the way up the glass – the tonic should be chilled.

Step 3. Finally, slowly and gently pour over the shot of your favorite espresso – the slow part is very important as you don’t want the drinks to mix just yet.

Step 4. As an optional extra, here is where you can add your slice of lemon or other garnish, but, again, this is completely based on preference.

Final Thoughts

The simplicity of this drink means that it is not only incredibly quick and easy to make, but it also means there are a ton of options for you to experiment with what flavor you like to add in the final touches.

So, the next time you feel like making a coffee, try an espresso tonic, and find out for yourself why this drink is becoming a coffee lover’s new best friend.