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Espresso tonic recipe

Espresso tonic recipe

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If you prefer bitter-sweet over fruity when it comes to cocktails, here's an intriguing cold brew tonic that makes a refreshing non-alcoholic drink. The bitter-sweet and citrussy notes of the tonic water marry well with the rich and fragrant notes of the espresso. It looks pretty when you make it too! See method

  • Serves 1
  • Takes 5 minutes, plus cooling
  • 24 calories / serving
  • Healthy
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Gluten-free
  • Dairy-free


  • 1 shot of espresso (35ml)
  • 150ml Indian tonic water
  • ice cubes
  • wedge of lemon

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    0g 0%
  • Saturates

    0g 0%
  • Sugars

    5g 6%
  • Salt

    0g 0%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 5.4g Protein 0.1g Fibre 0g


  1. Make up the shot of espresso, pour into a jug, then set aside to cool a little.
  2. Pour the tonic water into a tall glass and fill with ice cubes. Add the wedge of lemon, then slowly pour in the espresso so it swirls and floats on top. Serve with a straw or stirrer and mix to drink.

Tip: The espresso doesn’t need to be cold, just not piping hot – that way you’ll retain the best flavour without melting the ice too much. Slowly pouring the espresso in gives an ombré effect in the glass; serve with a straw or stirrer to mix it to drink. Garnish with citrus: a lemon wedge or slice of grapefruit work well.

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