A New Trend in Coffee – The Cafe Tonic

An interesting combo of flavors in this coffee and tonic water combo!




When we first read about this combination of coffee and tonic 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 Francisco. 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!)


  1. 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.
  2. Gently stir to mix and if needed add a dash of simple syrup to make it a bit sweeter.







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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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