Gin and Tonic with a caffeine twist

Espresso martini, reinvented!

There’s a new gin cocktail on the hipster block and it’s been dubbed as the ‘Turbo G&T’.
This take on the traditional gin and tonic is spiked with cold-brew coffee, giving it the name Cold Brew Gin and Tonic or CBGT.
Gin and Coffee, a Brit’s two vices.. what’s not to love?

What makes this hedonistic mix of alcohol and caffeine so great?

When you’re used to only mixing caffeine with vodka sometimes it’s hard to stray from the norm. But, believe me it’s worth straying and you may never look back.
If you’re not a coffee connoisseur you may be thinking, ‘what even is a cold brew?’ Well, it’s essentially coffee soaked in cold water overnight.

According to Sandows, who make and bottle cold brew coffee in London,
“It’s fresh coffee and filtered water, brewed slowly and without heat to extract minimal acidity. The result is a much smoother flavour without that bitterness you usually get in black coffee.”
They describe it as ‘bloomin’ refreshing’ – making it perfect for summer.

The hints of juniper in the gin and bitterness of the tonic really stand up to the cold brew to create a unique melange of flavours.

Sandows likes to call their version the ‘London Morning Tonic’ – because we all need an energy boast even after a nights sleep, right?

Where to try a Cold Brew Gin and Tonic Cocktail

You can order one at the Mondrian Hotel, London or at The White Lyon, Hoxton.
They are also becoming more popular at espresso café come cocktail bars across London.

How To Make your own Turbo G&T

At CheersLondon we know the struggle of deciding between drinking at fancy bars or buying groceries, so we have this supercharged cocktail recipe for you. Now you can sip on a decedent caffeine tonic whilst eating your Tesco’s ready meal! Oh, we do spoil you!


35ml Gin (we recommend Sipsmith)
10ml Sandows Cold Brew Coffee
Tonic water
Lemon or orange peel to garnish


– Take a long Collins glass and add ice and then the gin
– Next add the cold brew coffee
– Top up the mixture with tonic water and garnish with a lemon or orange peel

For a stronger coffee flavour pour the cold brew coffee in last so that it floats on top of the drink.

We’ve got more cocktail recipes here.


By Dominique Starbuck


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