While it is still cold outside here, and much colder in other areas of the country, that doesn’t mean I can’t start getting my options together for coffee when it is hotter outside than the coffee. Here are a few cold espresso drinks that are going to be fun to make:
Iced Espresso: This is a simple and classic cold espresso drink. It’s made by pouring a shot of espresso over ice and then adding cold water to fill the glass.
Americano: An Americano is a popular cold espresso drink that’s made by adding hot water to a shot of espresso. For a cold version, simply pour the hot water over ice and then add the espresso shot.
Espresso Tonic: This is a refreshing and unique cold espresso drink. It’s made by pouring a shot of espresso over ice and then adding tonic water. The combination of the bitter espresso and the sweet tonic water creates a delicious and refreshing drink.
Affogato: An Affogato is a cold dessert drink made by pouring a shot of espresso over a scoop of vanilla ice cream. It’s perfect for hot summer days when you want something cold and sweet.
Espresso Martini: If you’re looking for a cold espresso drink with a kick, try an Espresso Martini. This cocktail is made by shaking espresso, vodka, and a sweetener (such as simple syrup or Kahlua) with ice, and then straining it into a glass.
Espresso Milkshake: This is a decadent and delicious cold espresso drink. Blend espresso, vanilla ice cream, and milk together to create a thick and creamy milkshake. You can add chocolate or caramel syrup for extra flavor.
The Espresso Tonic looked interesting to try (first), so I did a bit of research and trial, here is what it took to make one:
What You’ll Need
The great thing about making an Espresso Tonic is that you don’t need much in order to do it. All you’ll need is a shot (or two) of espresso, tonic water, ice cubes, and optionally, a lemon wedge for garnish. Once you have all of your ingredients gathered, you’re ready to start mixing.
Making the Drink
Start by pouring your shot (or shots) of espresso into a glass filled with ice cubes. Then mix in your tonic water until it has reached the desired strength (you may want to add more or less depending on how strong or weak you like your drinks). Stir everything together until well combined, then garnish with the lemon wedge if desired. And voila. Your Espresso Tonic is now ready to be enjoyed.
Adding Extra Flair (I think of as ‘kicking it up a notch when you have guests)
If you are looking for an extra bit of flare for your Espresso Tonic, there are many options available. You can try adding different types of syrups such as vanilla or caramel for extra sweetness (there are great tasting sugar free options too), or even some citrus juices like orange or grapefruit juice for some extra zing. No matter what type of flavoring you choose, just make sure that it doesn’t overpower the flavor of the espresso and tonic combination.
There you have it—a simple recipe for making an Espresso Tonic at home. With just a few ingredients and minimal effort, you can create this refreshing and delicious drink in no time. Whether it’s a special occasion or just another day at home, an Espresso Tonic is sure to hit the spot and give that extra boost of energy needed throughout the day.
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