What is Espresso Tonic? Or maybe you have heard like Coffee Tonic or Kaffe Tonic. Whatever it is called, they are meaning the same thing.

Espresso Tonic is a perfect summer drink that mainly made from Espresso and Tonic Water. You also can use Cold Brew Coffee instead Espresso; it will be more refreshing from the taste.

It is the coffee’s trend in most of the Instagram feeds that got many people wondering what Espresso Tonic is? It has started to emerge in most of the coffee shops across the world recently.

Though Tonic Water and Espresso seem not to be a good pairing, in this case, they are working out a friendly beverage you’ve never enjoyed.

How does Espresso Tonic Taste and Look?

The people who love iced coffee, they will also like Espresso Tonic. Espresso Tonic is one of the beverages that look almost the same as iced coffee; the only difference is it comes with a bubble.

The bubble is due to tonic water, and its combination brings a different beverage that is growing popularity in the coffee world. It provides you with a different taste of that regular Americano or Espresso and with an excellent refreshing, it is different from other coffee beverages.

Ingredients for Espresso Toniclime-or-lemon-for-espresso-tonic

For you be able to make the best Espresso Tonic, here are some of the ingredients you need to prepare.

  • Espresso Shot (30-60ml) or Cold Brew Coffee (100-150ml)
  • Tonic Water (150-200ml)
  • Ice Cubes
  • Lemon or Lime wedge

How to Make Espresso Tonic?

  1. Put about 4 to 6 ice cubes into the glass.
  2. Pour 150 to 200 ml of Tonic Water.
  3. Make Espresso Shot or make Cold Brew Coffee in advance. Here are the posts that show you how to make Espresso and Cold Brew Coffee “How to Make Espresso Shot Without a Machine” and “Cold Brew Coffee Instructions“.
  4. Pour the espresso over the top of tonic water gently.
  5. Place and garnish lemon or lime wedge if you want.
  6. Stir slowly to mix well the coffee with tonic water.
  7. Done, enjoy it!

These are simple, convenient and easy ways you can make Espresso Tonic even at home.

How Espresso Tonic Originated?

According to this article “ESPRESSO&TONIC: THE STORY OF THE FAMOUS COFFEE DRINK” on EuropeanCoffeeTrip.com, it was invented by Swedish coffee shop Koppi Roasters.

Special thanks are given to Koppi Roasters had an idea of coming up with this fantastic drink. They put Kaffe Tonic on the menu from 2007, and their idea spread to all over the world right now.


Espresso Tonic is simple and easy to make; it has the best flavor and is suitable for balancing acidity, sweetness, and bitterness to our taste. The best thing about it is that you can also make it at home.

Next time when you into a coffee shop and find out this on the menu, don’t hesitate to give it a shot, I believe you will love it.

If you have any questions or anything about “What is Espresso Tonic” you want to share with me, please leave a comment below.


  1. I haven’t heard of espresso tonic before but it sounds really interesting. I’m not a coffee drinker myself, but my husband loves coffee and soda so this sounds like it could be the best of both worlds. I’m definitely going to tell him about it, thanks for the great info and recipe for us to make it at home!

  2. Lejla

    Hi Brian,

    This article is very interesting! I love to try different tastes of coffee, especially when I’m visiting different countries.
    This one seems to be easy to prepare at home. Definitely worth a shot!

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