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Espresso Soda

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 2 hr 45 min (includes chilling time)
  • Active: 15 min
  • Yield: 8 servings
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2 cups sugar 

1/4 cup espresso beans, crushed in a mortar and pestle 

Ice cubes 

8 shots very cold coffee-flavored liqueur, optional 

8 shots very cold vodka, optional 

8 cups very cold club soda 


  1. Combine the sugar and 2 cups water in a medium saucepan, bring to a boil over high heat and cook until the sugar is completely melted, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat, add the espresso beans and let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  2. Strain, cover and refrigerate until very cold, at least 2 hours.
  3. Fill 8 tall glasses with ice. Add about 1/4 cup of the espresso syrup to each glass. If desired, add a shot of vodka and coffee liqueur with the syrup and stir well. Fill to the top with club soda.
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