Inspired by the Coffee Tonic, I thought I would see how my go-to drink sweetener worked in a soda-coffee mix. My magic ingredient is cinnamon simple syrup – coffee, sodas, juices, I use it everywhere – and this Cinnamon Coffee & Soda recipe is one of its more recent uses.
The addition of the syrup needed a change in soda, so I opted for Sprite. It ended up being the perfect complement, bringing a nice, bright contrast against the dark coffee-cinnamon base.
I’m sure there are many more sodas that would work, I just happened to have Sprite in stock and I look forward to remaking this drink with either Q Lemon or GuS’ Dry Meyer Lemon. However, I do wonder if those will be too tart for this purpose and for now I will stick with good-old Sprite.
7-Up is an option, though it has stronger carbonation and I’ve never been much of a fan of mixing with it. Sprite has a great balance and I am inclined to stick with that or opt for a ginger ale in this recipe.
If you are not into making your own cinnamon simple syrup, try the one produced by KISS. It is my favorite commercial brand for this flavor.
What is so appealing about these soda and coffee drinks? For me, it is a way to enjoy coffee in a lighter setting than the average iced coffee.
I’ve never been the biggest iced coffee fan because I cannot get used to havng a thicker coffee that’s cold and filled with melting ice. It’s a personal preference, though the coffee-soda combination takes care of that, giving me the background taste of coffee in a light, sprightly drink that is perfect for spring and summer afternoons.