“Roman Coffee” 羅馬咖啡 is what it’s called in Taiwan. However when I did a search on google to make sure that I got the name right, there was nothing quite like this under “roman coffee”. “Roman Coffee” is a refreshing drink that’s perfect for summer, it’s a coffee seltzer and a great dairy-free alternative.
This is likely something that’s seen in Rome but had a different name, Taiwanese coffee shops took it and named it “Roman Coffee”. Sicilian coffee is another name I’ve seen with a similar recipe.
So what is this drink, REALLY? Espresso, lime/lemon juice, soda water, sugar, or honey(optional).
I love this drink in summer, it’s tart, super refreshing and there’s no dairy! I’m not dairy-free, but I just don’t want milk sometimes. (or when Sean ate all the milk with Graham Crackers)
Using local honey as a sweetener adds a layer of flavor to this drink. I love honey from The Bee Shed and their seasonal flight. Each seasonal honey provides a big difference in their flavor profile- I’m able to use “just honey” to create a variety of flavors and depths to my drinks or dishes. (Honey dipper is handmade by Knotty Woodpecker.)
- 2 TBsp Fresh-squeeze Lemon or Lime Juice
- 1 TBsp Sugar/ or honey
- 1 Double shot espresso
- 1/3 C Sparkling water/ club soda
- Melt sugar in espresso, pour over ice. Add Lime juice & soda water. Stir. Top with dehydrated lemon for garnish or grate some lime/lemon zest on top.