Non-Alcoholic Orange Coffee Mocktail (cold)

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Using freshly squeezed orange juice and instant espresso this Coffee Mocktail is one you'll keep coming back to. Whether it's a summer refresher, afternoon pick me up or an after-dinner mocktail, it's delicious any time of the day and leaves you with zero buzz.
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Coffee mocktail with orange slice as garnish.

Coffee Mocktail

As someone who doesn’t drink, I love figuring out my own recipe for a good mocktail creation for parties or when I want something other than soda water to sip on. The coffee lover in me wanted something that had a caffeine boost with a cocktail feel.

This alcohol-free cocktail is perfectly flavored and gives the allure of a cocktail without the buzz. It’s a delicious drink that offers a bold flavor combination of coffee and orange and is based on the premise of an Americano but with seltzer in place of the water.

Freshly squeezed orange juice, vanilla extract, and a touch of maple syrup round out the flavors and yield a truly unique and delightful espresso mocktail. 

With its orange and coffee flavor, this refreshing drink is a fun way to replace a traditional espresso martini at dinner or get a little caffeine boost on hot summer afternoons. Serve these up to friends and family or add a shot of vodka for those who want something with a bit more kick.

Coffee mocktail with orange slice as garnish surrounded by orange slices and coffee beans.

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • The perfect non-alcoholic pick-me-up mocktail with just a hint of sweetness.
  • Enjoy coffee cocktails without the alcohol!
  • Low calorie and delicious. 
  • Classic espresso martini meets a classic old fashioned meets an Americano.

Ingredients and Substituions:

These are the main ingredients and substitutions for this coffee mocktail recipe. See the recipe card below for the full ingredients list and instructions.

Maple syrup, vanilla, water, seltzer water, orange and instant espresso for the mocktail.

Variations and Substitutions

  • Use storebought orange juice in place of fresh squeezes.
  • Use lemon juice and mint for a twist.
  • Use honey place of maple syrup.
  • Add fresh mint or ginger syrup for added flavor.

How to make this Coffee Mocktail recipe (a step-by-step visual guide):

Step 1: mix your coffee base

Pouring orange juice into a mason jar with other ingredients to mix.

Add the instant espresso powder, cold water, orange juice, maple syrup, and vanilla extract to a small jar (image 1).

Shaken coffee base with foam on top.

Cover with a tight-fitting lid then shake vigorously for 30-60 seconds or until the espresso powder has fully dissolved (image 2).

Step 2: add seltzer

Pouring the shaken coffee mixture into a tall glass with ice.

Fill a tall tumbler or Collins glass half full with ice cubes, then pour the shaken espresso mixture over it (image 3).

Pouring seltzer water on top of the coffee.

Make sure to get the foam as well. Top with the seltzer or sparkling water (image 4).

Step 3: garnish

Garnish with an orange slice if desired (image 5).

Coffee mocktail with orange slice as garnish in a tall glass.

Coffee Mocktail FAQ’s

  • Yes, if you have an espresso machine you can use espresso in place of the powder. You’ll need to pull a double shot (2 ounces) and use it in place of the instant espresso powder and cold water listed in the recipe. Allow the shot of espresso to come to room temperature or chill it in the fridge before using it in the recipe. 
  • No, they are not the same. Instant espresso has a more robust taste. 
  • Yes, you can use instant coffee in place of the instant espresso powder. Since instant espresso is more robust and rich in flavor, you’ll want to use 3-4 teaspoons of instant coffee in its place. 
  • Freshly squeezed orange juice yields the best flavor but if you prefer to use bottled juice, make sure it’s pulp-free. 
  • Espresso is the best but cold brew will work. I’d just suggest using a very strong brew for the best flavor.
Overhead shot of mocktail with the foam on top.

If you like this recipe be sure to check out some of our delicious mocktail recipes!

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Coffee mocktail with orange slice as garnish.

Coffee Mocktail

Danielle Lima
Using freshly squeezed orange juice and instant espresso this Coffee Mocktail is one you'll keep coming back to. Whether it's a summer refresher, afternoon pick me up or an after-dinner mocktail, it's delicious any time of the day and leaves you with zero buzz.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine drinks
Servings 1 serving
Calories 50 kcal

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Ingredients
  

  • 2 tsp. instant espresso powder or instant coffee
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice or storebought juice
  • 1 tsp. maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup plain selzter or sparking water
  • Ice
  • Orange Slice garnish

Instructions
 

  • Add the instant espresso powder, cold water, orange juice, maple syrup, and vanilla extract to a small jar. Cover with a tight fitting lid then shake vigorously for 30-60 seconds or until the espresso powder has fully dissolved.
  • Fill a tall tumbler or Collins glass half full with ice, then pour the shaken espresso mixture over it. Make sure to get the foam as well.
  • Top with the seltzer or sparkling water and garnish with an orange slice if desired.

Notes

  • All nutrition facts are an estimate and will change with any substitutions. 
  • If you have an espresso machine, you can substitute a double shot (2 ounces) for the instant espresso powder and cold water. I recommend allowing the shot to come to room temperature or chilling it down in the fridge before using it in the mocktail recipe.
  • If you prefer, you can use honey in place of the maple syrup.

Nutrition

Serving: 1mocktailCalories: 50kcalCarbohydrates: 11gSodium: 1mgPotassium: 17mgSugar: 9g
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