A New Trend in Coffee – The Cafe Tonic

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When we first read about this combination on Tasting Table, we thought it sounded so crazy that we just had to try it, especially when we found out it is a trend that is sweeping the coffee houses in San Fransciso. The combination of bubbly tonic and the bitter espresso combine to make a drink that is complex and surprisingly refreshing.  It also makes a cool layered drink that is visually appealing!

The Cafe Tonic

  • 6 oz Tonic Water (We recommend Fever Tree, which is a fantastic tonic that actually tastes good unlike those cheap tonics in a plastic bottle)
  • Ice
  • 2 oz Espresso (try to use a coffee that isn’t overly bitter)
  • Simple Syrup to taste (if you use a coffee that is overly bitter, you might need this!)

Add ice cubes and tonic water into a glass.  Slowly pour the espresso over the ice and tonic, allowing the fizzy tonic to mix the espresso and make a creamy bitter layer on top.  Gently stir to mix and if needed add a dash of simple syrup to make it a bit sweeter.

Enjoy!

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8 thoughts on “A New Trend in Coffee – The Cafe Tonic

  1. This actually looks really good! I’ve noticed that lots of fancier coffee shops give you a glass of sparkling water when you order an espresso, which is a great palette cleanser, but I’ve never thought to combine them. Definitely will have to give this a try!

    1. Glad you enjoyed reading it. We actually heard about it on a SF blog and then later on Tasting Table where they talked about it being a big trend out in the Bay area.

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