Mazagran is a cold espresso drink that originally comes from Algeria, though it’s now much more popular in Portugal. It’s essentially coffee lemonade, combining citrusy acidity with the bold flavor of espresso. The lemon juice was originally added to improve the flavor of low-end coffee beans. But don’t hesitate to use your pricier beans -- this tasty drink won’t ruin their flavor.
Pour ice into a tall glass. Fill the glass with ice -- or, for a stronger drink, use coffee ice cubes.
Pull a shot of espresso or brew a strong cup of coffee.
Add a sweetener. Mix white sugar, honey, or vanilla extract into the hot coffee. Then let the mixture cool for a few minutes.
Add the espresso to the glass. Pour the espresso mixture on top of the ice.
Squeeze in fresh lemon juice. Depending on how much you like sour flavors, you may want to add more or less lemon juice. We recommend squeezing in half a lemon (about 1 tablespoon of juice). Then stir, taste, and adjust if needed!
Garnish with a lemon slice and enjoy! Now you’re ready to enjoy your iced lemon coffee!