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)
- 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.
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