Coffee Soda Recipe
Our easy and delicious coffee soda recipe introduces you to the delicious world of iced coffee soda. This is a type of espresso soda that you can easily make at home using a few basic ingredients. With this recipe, you can skip the line at the coffee shop, and still get your coffee fix.
Together we are going to journey through the delicious world of iced coffee soda that will help you mix up your caffeine rotation.
This drink is a refreshing alternative, that can help you still enjoy your iced coffee drinks but mix things up a little bit. This drink is especially delicious on a hot day.
What is Coffee Soda?
If you have not been introduced to coffee soda yet, let’s first discuss what coffee soda is. As you may have assumed from the name, a coffee soda is a mixture of coffee, or espresso combined with soda water, or your favorite type of carbonated water.
This drink allows you to get that delicious coffee flavor, and still have the carbonation like a pop or soda.
This drink allows the coffee lover inside of you to enjoy your coffee fix all summer long. Plus, it’s a really fun way to enjoy another version of coffee apart from your typical hot coffee.
No matter if you’re looking to get a caffeine fix so that you stay awake and not take a mid-afternoon nap on long summer afternoons, or simply looking for the perfect way to enjoy your coffee break, our coffee soda recipe is a great way to enjoy your coffee, no matter if you are a big coffee drinker or not.
The great thing about this recipe is that it’s super easy to make, and it’s a fun variation on your average iced Americano.
No, let’s jump into the details of this recipe, first by exploring what type of coffee is the best for this coffee soda recipe, then we’ll jump into what specific ingredients you should have on hand to make this delicious coffee soda.
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What Type of Coffee is Best?
There are many different types of coffee to choose from, so what is the best type of coffee you use for making a coffee soda? In short, it depends on your preference. Our preference is to use cold brew coffee, as it has the best flavor, and it’s easy to make in advance and have on hand whenever you want to make your coffee soda.
In addition to cold brew, cold brew could be made with regular coffee, ground coffee beans, or espresso. Cold brew is our favorite version to use for this coffee soda recipe, since the drink is served over ice, cold brew will have the best flavor. However, you can use other methods to brew the coffee as well.
You can also make regular coffee in a good old drip coffee maker. To do this just combine your hot water with your coffee grounds to make your hot coffee.
Let’s look at the equipment and ingredients you will want to have on hand to make this delicious coffee soda recipe.
Equipment you may consider:
French Press. You may want to consider using a French press to make your brewed coffee or espresso. Using a French press is a great option no matter if you want to make a cold brew or hot.
Tall Glass or Mason Jar. Another item you may want to have on hand is a tall glass or a mason jar for serving your coffee soda. A tall glass adds a bit of elegance to the drink, or you can go for the more country feel of a mason jar.
Simple Recipe for Coffee Soda
Ice cubes are essential when making a coffee soda recipe, especially if you like the drink extra cool. Keep in mind that there are a couple of different options when using ice cubes in coffee.
You can use coffee ice cubes that are made from coffee, or you can use regular clear ice cubes. The type of ice cubes you use is entirely up to you and depends on if you like your ice cubes to be crushed, regular, or if you want additional coffee flavor added to your drink by making coffee ice cubes.
Cold Brew Coffee
As mentioned above, our preference when making coffee soda is to use cold brew coffee. Our favorite way of making this is by adding a filter with the coffee grounds into a half-gallon mason jar and brewing the coffee grounds in the fridge overnight.
You can pick up a filter insert for your mason jar through several different retailers online.
There are many other types of cold-brew coffee makers you can use as well, which will work great. In addition to using cold brew coffee, you could use a shot of espresso that has been brewed and chilled, or several espresso shots depending on how strong you want your coffee soda to be.
When it comes to the soda water added to your coffee soda, there are so many different options for carbonated water. Some great options include club soda, seltzer water, or mineral water.
Some other options are sparkling waters, but when selecting what type of sparkling water you want, make sure you also look at the flavor of water, as many of them come with fake sweet flavors added.
Keep in mind that this coffee soda recipe by itself is quite low calorie since the main ingredients are ice cubes, coffee, and soda water. If the soda water has a lot of sweeteners, or added flavor, this may increase the overall calorie count.
If you can’t find a good soda water option, you can use other types of soda, such as ginger ale, or lemon-lime soda. If you have a favorite soda, with a mild flavor, this can also be used in your coffee soda.
Adding sweetener to your coffee soda is entirely optional. If you want to sweeten the coffee, you can make coffee syrup, which is usually just a splash of simple syrup and is made by combining equal parts of sugar with water, then heating the mixture until the sugar dissolves.
Other great sweetener options include maple syrup, honey, or agave nectar. You can also completely skip adding sweetener to your coffee soda, if you’re looking for a low-calorie option.
You can also add a splash of your favorite creamer to the coffee soda before enjoying it if you wish. Creamer is completely optional; it does not need to be added unless you want to.
How to make Coffee Soda
To make coffee soda, we recommend using a mason jar with a coffee filter insert to brew the coffee grounds or espresso in the fridge overnight. Add your coffee grounds and water into the mason jar, then cover it with a lid and place it into the fridge overnight.
All you must do to make a coffee soda once your cold brew is prepared, is add ice into your glass, and then add equal parts cold brew coffee and sparkling water into the top of the glass.
You can add optional slices of citrus such as oranges, limes, or lemons into the coffee soda. Serve right away and enjoy!
This is such a perfect way to make coffee soda, and the best part is that it’s easy to make.
Cold brew coffee. The great thing about making cold brew coffee is that you can make it ahead of time, and it’s ready whenever you want to use it. This means very little hands on time, and it’s already chilled and ready to go. This is our preference for the type of coffee to use with making coffee soda, but you can use other types of coffee as well if needed, just make sure to cool them ahead of time.
If there happens to be any leftover coffee soda, it can be stored in an airtight container, or in a mason jar with a lid and placed in the fridge for up to you 5 to 7 days.
There are an almost overwhelming number of ways you can mix things up with this recipe and make many different variations. Below we are going to cover a few of the best-tasting variations, and the most popular ones.
Ice Cream. One delicious variation is to make it a float. To do this, all you have to do is add ice cream to your coffee soda, to make it into a coffee soda float.
Orange Peel. Another great way to add extra flavor, without artificial ingredients, is to add an orange peel or slices of orange to your coffee soda. Orange bitters goes a long way to adding a bit of orange flavor to the coffee soda.
Lemon Juice. Using lemon juice is another great option, which will naturally enhance the overall coffee flavor, and add a hint of citrus to the coffee soda which is perfect for hot summer days.
Lime Slices. Another fun way to dress up your coffee soda is to add lime slices into the coffee soda before serving it.
How to Make a Large Pitcher
A large pitcher can be filled with coffee and soda for all of your get-togethers as well. To make a pitcher full, you can add ice into the pitcher, then add equal parts coffee, and sparkling water to the pitcher until it is full. The amount added to the pitcher will depend on the size of your pitcher.
Please note, that I would not recommend adding ice to the pitcher until you are ready to serve the drink, that way the ice does not melt and dilute the flavor of the drink.
Do you need an espresso machine?
You do not have to have any kind of special machine to make the coffee or espresso in this recipe. We do recommend using cold brew coffee, but there are a variety of ways this can be prepared. You can also use your basic drip coffee maker, or even French press coffee maker, to brew the coffee.
Can you make this recipe a cocktail?
Yes, coffee soda can be made into a cocktail, by adding your favorite type of alcohol into the drink as well.
There are so many different great purposes for making a coffee soda, no matter if it is simply to enjoy a refreshing drink on a hot day, to ease stomach pains, or simply because you want a tasty drink.
This coffee soda recipe is super easy to make, and a great way to enjoy your new favorite coffee.
We hope that you give this recipe a try, and we hope you really enjoy it! Be sure to give it a try, then, let us know what you think!