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Espresso Tonic Recipe

espresso tonic

Lime juice adds an extra pop of flavor to this alcohol-free highball.

In this version of the Espresso Tonic, lime syrup adds sweet depth to the drink. At Fleet, they use Fever-Tree’s Indian tonic with the fruit-forward Madcap Third Coast blend of Colombia and Yirgacheffe coffees, though Lorenzo Perkins says “if you have an especially floral coffee the Mediterranean tonic would be really fun as well.”


  • Double shot espresso
  • 3½ oz. tonic water
  • ¾ oz. lime simple syrup
  • Tools:shaker, strainer
  • Glass:Collins
  • Garnish:lime wheel


Combine the lime simple syrup and 1 double shot of espresso in a shaker. Shake with ice until chilled. Fill a Collins glass with ice and add the tonic water. Strain the espresso and lime mixture into the glass, then garnish.

Lime Syrup
3½ oz. fresh lime juice
3½ oz. hot water
5 oz. demerara sugar

Combine the sugar and water. Stir until the sugar is dissolved. Add the lime juice and refrigerate. Will keep for up to a month.

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