Week’s Drink: Espresso Tonic

Many love a good G&T but have you ever tried an E&T?                                                                            


From my experience working behind the bar in Sweden, two of the most popular drinks in clubs are Gin and Tonic or Vodka Redbull, the first chosen for the taste and the second mainly for the energising effect it gives.


What if there was a way of mixing those two concepts? What if there was a good tasting drink which could also be energising and also looking good at the same time?


The combination of Tonic Water and Espresso coffee might sound odd, it did to me too. However, after the first time I tried it, I was completely converted.

It is a beautiful drink to watch make and super simple


  • 2 shots (50–60 ml) of good quality espresso
  • 1.5 dl tonic water
  • 1 lime wedge
  • Ice
  1. Prepare a double espresso and leave to cool.
  2. Fill up a glass (200 ml) with ice.
  3. Squeeze the lime juice on top of the ice.
  4. Pour in the tonic water and gently pour in the slightly cooled double espresso.


In my experience you can easily do without the lime, especially if the espresso is good quality. To get the most out of the taste I suggest Arabica 100% if possible or a blend with at least 70% Arabica beans.


If you are in a party mode and want to spike it with some Gin many have done that although I have not  tried it so far but I believe it should work; booze and good espresso are a marriage made in heaven. Who needs energy drinks when you have espresso?!



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