Espresso Tonic Mocktail Recipe

tall glass with lemon wedge filled with espresso tonic mocktail

Trying to keep it easy this summer? If you’re looking for a mocktail to sip at a BBQ or picnic this summer, something refreshing but not boozy, with a bit of a kick, the Espresso Tonic is for you!

An Espresso Tonic mocktail is a refreshing and unique drink that combines the bold flavors of espresso with the effervescence of tonic water. Keep reading for a simple recipe for you to enjoy:


  • 2 oz espresso (chilled)
  • 4-6 oz tonic water (chilled)*
  • Ice cubes
  • Lemon or lime wedge (for garnish, optional)

* We like Fever Tree Tonic water best


  1. Prepare the espresso: Brew a double shot of espresso using your espresso machine or Moka pot. Let the espresso cool down to room temperature, and then chill it in the refrigerator for a few minutes.
  2. Fill a glass with ice: Choose a tall glass and fill it with ice cubes. The ice will keep your mocktail cool and refreshing.
  3. Add the chilled espresso: Pour the chilled espresso over the ice in the glass. The strong and rich coffee flavors will be the base of your mocktail.
  4. Pour in the tonic water: Slowly pour 4-6 ounces of chilled tonic water over the espresso. The tonic water’s carbonation will add a delightful fizz to your mocktail.
  5. Stir gently: Use a cocktail stirrer or a long spoon to gently stir the ingredients together. Be careful not to over-stir to preserve the carbonation.
  6. Garnish (optional): For an extra touch of freshness, garnish your espresso tonic cocktail with a lemon or lime wedge. The citrus notes will complement the coffee flavors beautifully.
  7. Serve and enjoy: Your espresso tonic mocktail is ready to be savored. Take a sip and relish the unique combination of bold espresso and bubbly tonic water.


  • If you prefer a sweeter version, you can add a little simple syrup or flavored syrup to the cocktail. Adjust the sweetness to your liking.
  • Experiment with different ratios of espresso to tonic water to find the perfect balance that suits your taste. Whether you’re a coffee lover or a cocktail enthusiast, this espresso tonic cocktail is a delightful and invigorating beverage for any time of the day. Cheers!

Let us know if you try this fun, alcohol-free treat!

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