Cold brew coffee with tonic water and burnt orange

An unusual welcome drink that has a lovely fragrant-bitter balance to stimulate the appetite.
Cold brew coffee with tonic water and burnt orange
Cold brew coffee with tonic water and burnt orange
October 22, 2018
Level Easy
Preparation Time 5 minutes + overnight
Serves 4-6

PHOTO BY Katelyn Allegra
RECIPE BY Katelyn Allegra


65g coffee beans
2 cardamom pods, crushed
4 cups of cold water
8 tsp orange blossom water
1L good-quality tonic water
8 orange peels, pith removed


  • 1

    Place the coffee beans and cardamom in a pestle and mortar and crush to a very coarse consistency – there should still be small chunks of coffee beans.

  • 2

    Place the crushed coffee mixture, cardamom and cold water in a large glass jar. Stir well to combine, seal and leave overnight to infuse, a minimum of 12 hours (24 hours is best).

  • 3

    Strain the mixture through a fine sieve or muslin. Fill 4-6 large wine glasses with ice then pour 60ml cold brew coffee over each. Divide the orange blossom water between the glasses, add an orange peel to each and top up with tonic water.

  • 4

    Stir to mix everything together. Hold a lighter to the remaining orange peel before squeezing, causing a burst of orange oil to flame. Run the orange peel across the rim of the glass, and serve immediately.


The cold brew coffee can be made the day before then blended with the orange blossom and orange peel before your guests arrive.
Make a big jug of the cold brew coffee mix or serve it in a punch bowl so guests can serve themselves.