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Looking for a creative way to bring your days to life? We've got the perfect recipe to perk up your mornings and put a little pep in your step - coffee and orange juice!

This unlikely combo may sound a little strange, but when mixed, the combination of the rich, earthy flavor of coffee with the bright, tangy taste of orange juice will have your taste buds singing a joyful tune. And the best part? This recipe couldn't be easier to make!

Let's start mixing up some fantastic coffee and orange juice flavors that will make your mornings something to look forward to.

Coffee & Orange Juice Recipe


  • 1 cup of freshly strong brewed coffee (or double espresso)
  • 1 cup of freshly squeezed orange juice
  • sugar, and ice


First things first, let's get brewing!

  1. Brew a cup of coffee to your desired strength and let it cool. (You can use a regular drip coffee maker, French press, a coffee filter maker, or an espresso maker to create your perfect cup of coffee.)
  2. Meanwhile, freshly squeeze oranges to acquire one cup of orange juice.
  3. Add sugar to taste, and set aside.
  4. Fill your glass with ice cubes.

Now, for the fun part- layering your coffee and orange juice.

  1. Pour the orange juice into your glass over the ice cubes.
  2. Using a spoon, slowly spoon in the cooled-down coffee over the orange juice.
  3. Take your time and pour slowly over the ice to ensure that the coffee and orange juice don’t mix.
  4. The key to layering is to pour it slowly and steadily.
  5. Now that your coffee and orange juice are perfectly layered, give it a quick stir to mix the two flavors.

A sip of this sweet and bold combo will give you the perfect start to your day. This combination of flavors may sound odd at first, but it’s a classic mix that has been around for ages.

Coffee & Orange Juice FAQs

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions (FAQs) about coffee and orange juice: Where did espresso with orange juice come from?

Where did espresso with orange juice come from?

The origins of mixing coffee and orange juice are quite unknown. It is believed that this combination was popularized in the 1960s, during the era of ‘swinging London’. It was seen as a hip and trendy drink for the fashionable crowd.

This combo has always been popular in Italy, where it is known as “Cafe Aranciata” or espresso sunrise. Here, it is served at cafés and bars where it is seen as a summertime treat.

Is an orange juice and coffee combo good?

The combination of coffee and orange juice is a wonderful treat. This combo is great for an afternoon pick-me-up, or as a special breakfast drink.

The sweetness of the orange juice helps to offset the bitterness of the coffee, creating a delectable flavor that will be sure to awaken your taste buds and put a smile on your face. 

Can you mix orange juice and espresso?

Now, we know what you're thinking - won't the acidity of the orange juice ruin the flavor of the coffee? Not at all! The acidity of the orange juice can enhance the flavor of the coffee, creating a one-of-a-kind taste experience.

Espresso and orange juice make a perfect pair. The sweetness of the orange juice helps to balance out the bold flavor of the espresso, creating a unique and delicious flavor that is sure to make your morning routine a little more exciting.

Tips & Tricks

  • For a cold beverage, simply pour your coffee and orange juice mixture over ice, add your choice of sugar or syrup, and stir. Add a slice of orange or your favorite fruit for extra flair.
  • If you prefer a frozen drink, blend your coffee and orange juice mixture in a blender with ice until smooth. Add sugar or syrup to taste and pour into a glass. Sit back, take a sip, and enjoy a delicious frozen coffee and orange juice recipe.
  • This recipe can be altered to fit your personal preferences. If you prefer a stronger coffee flavor, reduce the amount of orange juice in your recipe. If you like your coffee or orange juice sweeter, add more sugar or syrup.
  • If you're feeling extra fancy, you can even add a splash of milk or cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon to give your coffee and orange juice a little extra pizzazz. Or, try swapping out the orange juice for grapefruit juice or adding a slice of lemon for a citrusy twist.
  • Spice up your coffee and orange juice by adding a splash of orange liqueur, Bailey’s Irish Cream, or vanilla syrup for an extra kick of afternoon sip.
The Surprising Result of Mixing Espresso and Orange Juice | Kyle Rowsell

Now you have a delicious and exciting coffee and orange juice recipe to jumpstart your morning, no matter how you take it.

Whether you like hot, cold, sweet, strong, or frozen coffee and orange juice, there's a recipe for everyone.

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