Espresso Tonic – A Refreshing Summer Coffee Recipe

When the sun is shining and you’re in need of a refreshing energy boost, why not hold the iced coffee for a change and try an Espresso Tonic instead? If you’ve never tried it, you may be thinking exactly what we did – that it’s never going to work. But trust us, a shot of coffee, a squeeze of orange and some tonic water really may be the refreshing sip you’ve been longing for.

The Espresso Tonic is the next coffee trend to fill our Instagram feeds and has started to emerge in speciality coffee shops all over the world. Here at Little’s, we decided to see what all the fuss was about by trying it out with our very own Little’s Premium Ethiopian Instant Coffee. Our verdict? It’s a yes from us.

Little’s Espresso Tonic Recipe

You will need:

Double shot of Little’s Premium Ethiopian Instant Coffee  (Make this using one heaped teaspoon of coffee with 50ml of boiling water)

3 1/2 oz. Fever Tree Tonic Water (Other brands available!)

3/4 Orange Syrup (See how to make this below)



For the Orange Syrup:

3½ oz. Fresh orange juice

3½ oz. Hot water

5 oz. Demerara sugar


To make the orange syrup, pour the Demerara sugar into a bowl and cover with the hot water. Stir. Add the orange juice. Stir until all mixed together.

Add the ice cubes, the Little’s espresso and the orange syrup into the shaker, shake until cold. Fill a glass with ice and add tonic water, strain the cold espresso and lime mixture into the glass. Garnish with a wedge of orange and enjoy!

The high-grade Ethiopian coffee that we source is naturally sweet and fruity, which makes it a match made in heaven when mixed with the sharpness of the orange. Shaken up, they work together to cut through the bitter tonic. We are IN LOVE with this recipe as it’s quick, easy and convenient to make at home, not to mention the perfect caffeine fix without paying speciality coffee shop prices.

This alternative coffee also tastes like you should be drinking something a little naughtier. If you’re ‘designated driver’ at the barbecue this weekend, why not try this as a mocktail option? This recipe can be batch-made and chilled in the fridge, or you can take it into the office for the work friends. Work colleagues will sure to be wanting more of your snazzy work-friendly cocktails!

If you have a go at this recipe, be sure to take a picture and tag us! @wearelittles #LivenUpYourCup