Espresso & Tonic with Ginger and Lime

We just finished cooking for a crowd of 26 for a cycling tour in the Green Mountains of Vermont! Most days we cooked breakfast and dinner in campgrounds, so when we were all packed up and ready to do the day’s shopping, we we were happy to find the local coffee shop for our daily mocha! When we arrived in Waitsfield, we discovered Three Mountain Cafe and enjoyed their mocha very much. But, the biggest surprise was the sample they shared with us for their August “drink of the month” — an Espresso & Tonic with fresh ginger and lime juice! Was it ever delicious and refreshing. We loved it so much that we wanted to share it with all of you. It’s the perfect pick-me-up in the afternoon.

We haven’t tried this yet, but it just might be delicious with a shorty of vodka or Kailua for a fun cocktail!

Espresso & Tonic with Ginger and Lime

Cold espresso with tonic water, fresh minced ginger and fresh-squeezed lime juice
Servings 1 Recipe per Drink


  • 1 shot cold espresso
  • 1/2 cup crushed ice
  • 3/4 cup tonic water
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger


  • 4-5 espresso beans
  • 1 slice lime


  • Place ice in a glass.
  • Pour espresso over the ice.
  • Add ginger and squeeze lime into glass.
  • Fill to the top with tonic.
  • Garnish with espresso beans and lime slice.


It’s best to mince the fresh ginger, rather than slicing it, so that you don’t end up with big chunks of ginger. Add more or less lime juice to suit your own tastes. 
Course: Drinks

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  1. Oh wow, I need to try this drink! Would have never thought to pair espresso with ginger and lime, but it does sound amazing. What a fun way to “fancy up” my morning coffee!

    1. Amy, we were really surprised by how delicious and refreshing this is, too! I mean, gin & tonic … slam dunk, but tonic & espresso we’d never imagined before. Fresh ginger and lime really add to the flavor!

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