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How to Make a Refreshing Lavender Espresso Tonic

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To many people, tonic water comes wrapped in medicinal legend. It’s an age-old remedy for all sorts of aches and pains – especially leg cramps. Right?

What’s that? It’s just another old wives’ tale? It isn’t really that great of a remedy at all?

Well, even if it’s not a panacea for all your woes, it’s still an awesome ingredient in some pretty fabulous drink recipes!

Case in point, the Lavender Espresso Tonic.

This one is a very popular drink, especially on a hot summer’s day when an iced tonic water infused with something delicious seems like the perfect way to cool off.

It combines the strength of coffee with the delicate floral flavor of lavender, and that classic, fizzy effect of tonic water.

Lavender Espresso Tonic

This one is a very popular drink, especially on a hot summer’s day when an iced tonic water infused with something delicious seems like the perfect way to cool off.

It combines the strength of coffee with the delicate floral flavor of lavender, and that classic, fizzy effect of tonic water.

Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword lavender espresso tonic recipe
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 370 kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 shots espresso
  • 4 oz tonic water
  • 3/4 oz lavender syrup
  • ice
  • fresh sprig of lavender (Optional)
  • glass
  • straw (Optional)

Instructions

  1. Brew the 2 shots of espresso

  2. Take the glass and fill it all the way up with ice

  3. Add in the lavender syrup, tonic water, and espresso. Give it a gentle stir

  4. Optional: Add a straw and a sprig of fresh lavender on top 


How to Make the Lavender Espresso Tonic

Not only is this recipe delicious, but it’s super easy to pull together, too!

Once you’ve pulled your ingredients together, it’s time to make the drink!

We’ll walk you through each step, and before you know it you’ll be sipping one of the most refreshing drinks you’ve had in ages.

How To Make Your Own Lavender Simple Syrup

You can also make your own lavender simple syrup! There are several ways to do this, but they all generally look the same.

Here's what you'll need:

  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 tbsp lavender (either fresh or dried)

Other items:

  • Saucepan with lid
  • Mesh strainer or cheesecloth
  • Quart jar with lid

Just follow these steps to prepare the syrup before making the actual tonic:

  • Step #1. Bring the water to a boil in the saucepan.
  • Step #2. Once boiling, add in the sugar and stir until dissolved.
  • Step #3. Add the lavender, turn down the heat, cover with a lid, and let it simmer for at least an hour.
  • Step #4. Strain out lavender. Press the seeds in the strainer to extract as much flavor as possible!
  • Step #5. Pour into a jar and keep in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Here’s a great video to get a visual of the process!

Now, onto the rest of the recipe!

Step #1. Brew Your Espresso

Begin by brewing 2 shots of espresso. You can do this using an espresso maker.

However, if you don’t have access to an espresso machine, you can also make a close-but-not-identical “taste-alike” by brewing a single serving pot of Moka coffee.

PRO TIP - For this recipe, you can get adventurous with your coffee options. If you’re feeling the itch to try something else, try swapping out espresso for a strongly brewed pot of pour over coffee. Try it out and compare to the espresso version. Let us know how it goes in the comments below!

Step #2. Add the Ice

Ah, ice: the bedrock of a good, cold drink.

Take your glass and fill it all the way up with ice.

Step #3. Add Everything Else

Once your glass is filled with ice, add in the lavender syrup, tonic water, and espresso.

Done? Great! Move on to Step #4.

Step #4. Mix It Up!

Once everything is in your glass, give it a gentle stir.

At this point your drink is complete. Congratulations!

However, move on to Step #5 if you want to add a couple finishing touches.

Step #5. Add a Garnish or Two

Once your drink is finished it’s nice to add a straw. This is both utilitarian and, depending on the straw, can also give the tonic some sophistication.

Another nice touch is to add a sprig of fresh lavender on top. Again, this isn’t necessary, but it can really put a nice flourish onto an already impressive drink.


Time to Sit Back, Relax, and Drink!

And there you have it – a surprisingly easy recipe for a delicate drink that will cool you off on a hot day.

Comment any thoughts you have below. We’d love to hear about your plans to make the drink.

Or if you already tried it, feel free to leave any feedback on your experience, or any alterations you might have made to the recipe as you went.

And, as always, we’d appreciate if you shared the post!

Enjoy!

We got more delicious recipes! Try this delicious Greek Coffee recipe and a perfect Irish Coffee recipe.

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