How to Make Coffee Soda

By Megan Dority — / Coffee Talk

Your new summer hang.

In the dead of summer, when you feel like you live in an actual sauna, there are two beverages you depend on—ice cold coffee and a nice, rejuvenating seltzer (okay, and maybe a cocktail). Have you ever imagined combining all of the above? Well, we tried it, and it happens to be the most refreshing, caffeinated pick-me-up in the game.

A clear glass filled with coffee soda and ice cubes with a lemon garnish.

Espresso soda has been a thing since the 1800s, but it’s making a comeback—in a big way. Just like the ‘90s are back, coffee soda is back and here to stay. This cold, caffeinated, bitter beverage is about to be your new summer hang.

You might you seriously use bitter and caffeine in the same sentence? Yes, but let me clarify. This beverage is bitter in the best of ways. This coffee soda is bitter in the way that a bar of dark chocolate tastes or that of a Negroni. The bitterness is balanced by other elements: in our case, sparkling water, orange juice and an orange peel.

Are you ready to concoct your new bubbly bev of choice?

Equipment:

  • Vegetable peeler
  • Glass 

Ingredients:

  • 1 peel orange or lemon zest
  • Ice
  • ½ cup of sparkling water or tonic
  • ½ cup of Death Wish Coffee Cold Brew (Just Black or Slightly Sweet, depending on your sweet tooth)

Instructions:

  • Peel and bend 2 2” strips of orange or lemon peel over the drink, rub them gently along the rim of the glass and slide them into the drink.
  • Fill glass with ice.
  • Add room temperature tonic or sparkling water to glass. Fill the remaining glass with cold brew. Stir to combine and enjoy!

Want to kick it up a notch? Add some booze. With just a splash (1 ½ oz.) of amaro, you’ll be turning heads at your next happy hour.

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