Cold brew coffee, sparkling water or tonic and a bit of citrus make these cold brew coffee spritzers the most refreshing caffeinated pick-me-up around.
When I started testing these fun drinks after Frank not-so-subtly sent me a bunch articles about them (here and here and here), I knew we were going to be hooked. I tell Frank that they taste like an iced coffee that wants to be a cocktail.
Tonic, in particular adds a bitter, bubbly element that elevates the flavor of the coffee. But as you’re about to see, tonic isn’t the only way to go.
When I asked about it on Instagram, you sweet folks chimed in with all sorts of variations. Here are a few favorites:
Coffee Spritzer / Tonic Variations
- Cold Brew Coffee + Espresso + Tonic + Simple Syrup
- Cold Brew Coffee + Sparkling Water + Coconut Milk + Lime
- Espresso + Sparkling Water + Cream + Hazelnut Syrup (thanks to @caitlinfultz for that stroke of genius!)
- Espresso + Tonic + a sprig of rosemary (that one is from Seattle’s Neptune Coffee)
- Mexican Coke + Cold Brew Coffee + Lime (this one blew my mind! idea from @baristaparlor and sent to us from @imjared)
Cold Brew Coffee Spritzers made with tonic somehow taste a little boozy even without alcohol, but a splash of alcohol is an addition we wouldn’t be mad at. It would effortlessly roll this late afternoon pick-me-up right into an early evening happy hour.
Here’s how Frank and I currently craft our coffee spritzers:
Frank loves bitter flavors, so the combination of tonic and cold brew coffee has his name all over it. He uses about 3/4 cold brew coffee with 1/4 tonic and a peel of orange zest for just a hint of citrus.
I like mine a bit more mild, but love the citrus flavor. I’ve been using 1/2 Trader Joe’s mandarin orange spring water with 1/2 cold brew coffee plus a splash of vanilla extract and a peel of orange zest. Occasionally, I’ll add a splash of heavy cream too.
- 1 peel Orange Zest
- ½ cup Tonic or Sparkling Water
- ½ cup Cold Brew Coffee Concentrate (we like Trader Joe's)
- Vanilla Extract (just a splash)
- Heavy Cream or Milk
- Coconut Milk
- Flavored Syrup
- Place a ribbon of orange zest in the bottom of a glass (use a vegetable peeler to get a nice, long peel).
- Fill the glass with ice.
- Add tonic / sparkling water and then cold brew coffee concentrate. Add extras if you'd like. Stir to combine before drinking.
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