How to make a turbo gin and tonic

Ever wondered how to make a turbo gin and tonic? If anyone had told me that a coffee gin and tonic was a thing, I wouldn’t have believed them but it really is! I thought I’d share the recipe for you here.

I’ve spoken often about my love of gin.

I’ve created a little gin bar at home; made sloe gin, gin cocktails — including a little one called The Jubarb; a gin and rhubarb cocktail; perfect for balmy summer evenings.

There’s been such a resurgence recently, it’s definitely the drink of the moment.

Which is great for a gin-head like me.

Who Dares Gins

Instead of being faced with the limited option of Gordons or Bombay Sapphire (if you’re lucky); and I’m not saying that there’s anything wrong with either but it’s always nice to have a little more choice. These days even the tiniest, most rural, watering hole or restaurant has a good selection of artisan gins behind the bar.

So where I’ve tried a myriad of different types of gin — containing various different botanicals — generally speaking I drink it very simply. With tonic and ice.

And lemon, lime or cucumber; depending on what suits.

So imagine my excitement, reading an article a few weeks ago,  that declared that there was a new kid in town.

The turbo gin and tonic

Coffee gin and tonic.

Coffee? Whaaa??

That’s right, gin and tonic with coffee.

How to make a turbo gin and tonic
The turbo gin and tonic; gin and tonic with coffee???

Cue mucho excited discussion between me and Mr D, debating on which would be the best of our gins to try this new taste sensation.

It’s recommended that a gin with a heavy juniper base — or zingy citrusy flavours — would be preferable. So, with that in mind, we chose our current favourite; Silent Pool.

This lovely spirit has been top of my ginny hit parade for a while now; it has lovely, fresh citrusy notes and the sweet, smooth finish that I like in a gin.

We fell down slightly; the original turbo gin and tonic recipe uses Sandows Cold Brew Coffee which we didn’t have, so I brewed up my fave beans — Guatemala Antigua from Starbucks — in the Moka expresso pot and left it overnight to steep.

How to make a turbo gin and tonic
Fave gin of the moment; Silent Pool
How to make a turbo gin and tonic
turbo gin and tonic o’clock
How to make a turbo gin and tonic
We didn’t have Sandows, so made our own expresso mix

How to make a turbo gin and tonic

Turbo Gin and Tonic Ingredients

  • Ice
  • 35ml gin — I used Silent Pool
  • 10ml cold brew coffee (Sandows is recommended but we made our own)
  • Tonic Water
  • Twist of lemon peel to garnish (and I threw in a few coffee beans for decorative effect)

The method could not be simpler.

Fill a long glass with ice.

Add your gin, followed by the cold coffee.

Top up with tonic water and garnish with the lemon peel (and coffee beans if you’re feeling fancy).

How to make a turbo gin and tonic
A turbo gin and tonic — gin, tonic and coffee
How to make a turbo gin and tonic
Add a twist of lemon peel
How to make a turbo gin and tonic
And I threw in a handful of coffee beans for good measure

So Does Coffee Gin and Tonic Work?

What’s the verdict?

Aah be still my beating heart (although that maybe the caffeine getting to work).

Yes. Thumbs up from over here.

Mr D preferred less coffee to the original recipe; I preferred a twist of orange to lemon.

But what I will say, is that it’s like nothing I’ve ever tried before. You initially taste the gin and tonic but the finish on it is extraordinary.

Very sweet and — less like coffee — it has more of a liquorice or aniseed flavour.

It’s certainly not something I would drink on a regular basis but for an occasional pick me up — before a night out perhaps — the turbo gin and tonic is a winner. Or should that be gin-ner?

How to make a turbo gin and tonic
Turbo gin and tonic — done — tick

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Coffee Gin and Tonic Cocktail {The Turbo Gin and Tonic}

Coffee Gin and Tonic Cocktail {The Turbo Gin and Tonic}

Ever wondered what a coffee gin and tonic cocktail tastes like? It's certainly an eye opener! The Turbo Gin and Tonic is a brilliant twist on an old favourite.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • Ice
  • 35ml gin — I used Silent Pool
  • 10ml cold brew coffee (Sandows is recommended but we made our own)
  • Tonic Water
  • Twist of lemon peel to garnish


  1. To make a turbo gin and tonic, firstly fill a long glass with ice.
  2. Add your gin of choice.
  3. Tip in the cold coffee.
  4. Top up with tonic water and garnish with the lemon peel (and coffee beans if you’re feeling fancy).


You can throw a few coffee beans on the top for decorative effect

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About Caro Davies

Caro Davies art directed fashion and interiors before leaving the world of design to pursue a career in social media. She can now be found chasing the light — and two small twin boys.

29 thoughts on “How to make a turbo gin and tonic

  1. Very interesting putting coffee in gin, but I sense you are a gin expert Caro so that is good enough for me. Just popped over and saw your gin bar, all of the love for it. There are so many pretty gin bottles out there, and I got my first bottle of Hendricks for my birthday. I think I need to start collecting gin bottles. Just like stamps but far more interesting and tastier x

    1. I’m no expert by any means Tracey but I LOVE the stuff!!!! My big (man-shaped) boy and I are both self-confessed gin-snobs. We absolutely love it and try to out-do each other in the ‘who can find the best or most unusual’ gin stakes. Putting coffee in was a new one on me though!! :) xx

  2. Winner! Who would have thought gin, tonic, and coffee would work together? Although I can’t quite imagine how it tastes yet, but definitely would love to try. :) Thanks for sharing!

      1. Thanks so much for your reply. Yes, so weird! :) But as they always say, nothing new comes out if we stay inside the box, so you did a great job on this.

  3. Don’t shoot me but I wish I liked gin. I tried it once with Morgana the gin queen I just can’t. Or maybe I need a different mixer but it’s just not my thing. Sadly it sounds so good and always looks so good too. Silly taste buds maybe they will mature with age. hahaha Gorgeous styling shots here. #wrc

    1. You and I can never be friends. Not like gin???!! LOL!! Only joking treasure. Wow — it is weird when people say they don’t like it. It’s my absolute favourite! But hey, all the more for me!! ;) xx

  4. Oh wow that drink looks like a real treat doesn’t it. I’m going to have to bookmark it and come back. I will admit to never drinking it before a Gin bar opened near to where we live. Have you tried Poppy’s Gin? Oh my goodness, it is a taste sensation although I will admit to enjoy a sweeter drink than the original you like so it may be too much for you x

    1. Gosh — I have been drinking gin all my adult life — I find it really strange when people say they’ve only just discovered it or don’t like it!! LOL!! I’m not keen on many other alcoholic drinks; I don’t like beer etc… but I LOVE gin!! Especially finding new ones! I have tried Poppies — it has pine in it! That was a first for me :)

  5. Well this is much more grown up than a turbo shandy! Remember them?? This looks amazing. I love gin, but have never been that adventurous with my choices. I think now might be the time to start!! x x x

    1. I was surprised! It wasn’t what I was expecting — definitely more liquorice than coffee. And it definitely wouldn’t replace my standard G&T. It’s more of a cocktail. But DEFINITELY worth a try!! :) xx

  6. This would definitely be more Hubby’s drink than mine – I love the smell of coffee but can’t stand the stuff and even knowing it was in this drink would stop me from trying it! x

    1. My sister in law is similar to that with coffee!!! She loves an actual cup of coffee but hates the flavour of it in anything else!! I think I’d be on a losing streak trying to get her to try this too!! ;)

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