A Coffee and Orange Juice Recipe (& Your Questions Answered)

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The idea of mixing coffee and orange juice might make you shiver.

Especially if you’re a die-hard coffee fan like me.

But stick with me here, because I’m about to share why I think it’s the next big craze. I’ve even started experimenting with it myself with some surprising results.

This article will outline a handy recipe for coffee and orange juice. And I’ll also answer a few lingering questions that I hear often.

Bottom line: Coffee and OJ may sound like an unlikely pairing. But like dirty coffee, it’s becoming a new coffee trend that’s catching the attention of adventurous taste testers.

So let’s dive in, shall we?

The Coffee and OJ Combination

A table set with a steaming cup of coffee and a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice

If you’ve scrolled through TikTok lately, chances are you’ve stumbled upon this unusual blend making waves among the coffee community.

(I hate TikTok by the way – it’s too distracting! But every now and then you can learn something from it 😉).

Mixing coffee and orange juice has even become an Arizona coffee shop favorite, where local baristas are experimenting with it to delight and surprise their customers.

It’s big in France too apparently!

By merging the rich, bold flavors of coffee with the tangy, refreshing notes of orange juice, you get a beverage that gives you the best of both worlds.

You can use it to change up your usual breakfast beverage by offering a unique taste that can be customized to your liking, whether you prefer a stronger coffee kick or a sweeter citrus burst.

I recommend you give it a try and find out for yourself.

Trends and variations

Espresso and orange juice have emerged as a trendy pairing.

Baristas craft a visually striking drink by carefully pouring espresso over orange juice, resulting in distinct layers that gradually mingle upon sipping. This trend caters to adventurous tastes, offering a nuanced alternative to the regular morning duo.

  • Espresso Tonic with Orange: An espresso shot over tonic water and a splash of orange juice.
  • Citrus-Infused Cold Brew: Cold brew coffee infused with fresh orange zest and a hint of juice. Here’s how to make cold brew at home.

Both options are terrific – give them a try!

Combining flavors

The success of this combination hinges on getting the acidic profiles of both coffee and orange juice right.

When you nail it, the citrusy notes of the orange juice can complement the robust character of the coffee, yielding a satisfying yet unexpected flavor synergy.

  • Flavor Profile:
    • Coffee’s Acidity: Ranges from mild to sharp, adding depth.
    • Orange Juice’s Brightness: Offers a sweet, tart counterpoint to coffee’s bitterness.

Experiment to figure out your preferred balance.

Coffee and Orange Juice Recipes

A coffee mug sits next to a glass of orange juice on a kitchen counter, with a recipe book open to a page showing ratios for mixing the two drinks

You need to get the ingredients right when whipping up a coffee and orange juice blend.

Classic Coffee and OJ Recipes

OK here’s a simple recipe that serves as a great intro to mixing coffee and OJ.


  • Espresso or strong coffee
  • Freshly squeezed orange juice
  • Optional: Sugar, milk, cream, or plant milk


  1. Prepare your coffee, ideally as an espresso, double espresso, or using a method that yields a strong brew. You might want to learn how much caffeine is in a double espresso.
  2. Squeeze fresh oranges to make juice, avoiding any added sugars or preservatives. You could use orange juice from the store here, but fresh is always better.
  3. Combine the coffee and orange juice in a 1:1 ratio. This offers a balanced taste, allowing the natural sweetness and acidity of the orange juice to complement the depth of the coffee.
  4. For those who prefer a sweeter touch, add sugar to taste.
  5. If you desire a creamier texture, stir in a splash of milk, cream, or your preferred plant milk.

And there you have it :).

The 1:1 ratio is a good place to start if it’s your first time making this beverage.

From there, you can try different ratios to see what works best for you.

Experimenting with proportions

New approaches to the coffee and orange juice combo are encouraged, especially when you’re aiming to tailor it to your own palate.

Adjusting Ratios:

As mentioned above, start with the standard 1:1 ratio of coffee to orange juice.

If you find the concoction too bold, increase the orange juice.

For a stronger coffee flavor, use less orange juice. Note that altering the proportions can significantly change the drink’s overall flavor profile.

Personalizing Your Drink:

  • Add milk or a milk alternative to introduce creaminess that can soften the intense flavors.
  • Use cream if you prefer a richer, smoother texture.
  • Experiment with different types of sugar or sweeteners to find your ideal level of sweetness.

Feel free to modify the classic recipe and experiment with ratios until you craft a beverage that suits your taste preferences.

Enhancements and Additions

We’re not done yet.

Exploring the fusion of coffee and orange juice opens the door to a realm of flavors and presentations (just like jazz fusion did back in the 70s).

This section will guide you through the advent of garnishes and alternative ingredients you can use to take the coffee and orange juice mix even further.

Let’s go…

Creative garnishes

Adding a garnish not only enhances the visual appeal of your drink but can also add a subtle flavor twist.

A cherry or a blueberry skewer across the rim instantly adds a pop of color, giving you a fruitier profile.

If you prefer a more citrus-centric vibe, consider adding a thin wheel of pineapple for an eye-catching tropical flair.

Alternative Ingredients

  1. Cold brew concentrate: For those who enjoy a smoother taste, you can use cold brew concentrate. Its robust flavor pairs well with the tang from orange juice, creating an unexpectedly harmonious blend.
  2. Ice: Especially in warmer seasons, adding ice transforms your drink into a refreshing iced coffee concoction, perfect for sipping on a sunny morning.
  3. Cocoa powder: A light dusting of cocoa powder on top serves as the perfect finishing touch for a bit of chocolatey contrast against the citrus notes.

Use these elements in your coffee and orange juice blend to create a more personalized experience.

Serving and Presentation

When blending coffee and orange juice, paying attention to serving temperatures and layering techniques can enhance your experience.

These elements contribute to a drink that’s not only enjoyable in flavor but also visually appealing. Perfect for when you’re entertaining guests.

Serving temperatures

  • Iced coffee: Best served cold. Refrigerate your orange juice and serve over ice for a refreshing zest.
  • Cold brew coffee: Serve chilled to maintain its smooth, sweet character when mixed with cool orange juice.
  • Espresso coffee: Typically served hot; however, for a twist with orange juice, let it cool down before mixing.
  • Dalgona coffee: This whipped treat maintains its integrity when layered over cold orange juice.
  • Coffee tonic: Start with cold tonic then add chilled coffee to preserve the effervescence.

Remember, iced and cold brew coffee are meant to be served cold, and will mix best with cold orange juice.

Espresso and lattes, if being combined with orange juice, should be cooled first.

Coffee tonic begins with a cold base to maintain its bubbly nature.

Layering techniques

  • Iced Coffee & Cold Brew:

    • Directly pour into the orange juice for a uniform blend or
    • Slowly pour over a spoon for a delicate layering effect.
  • Espresso:

    • Mix in gently to merge the intense coffee flavor with the citrusy sharpness of orange juice smoothly.
  • Dalgona Coffee:

    • Dollop the whipped coffee over your orange juice to create a floating, creamy layer.
  • Coffee Tonic:

    • Pour the coffee over the tonic gently along the glass edge for a clear gradient between the two liquids.
  • Lavender Latte:

    • For a floral twist, drizzle the cool lavender-infused espresso into your glass for a striking, aromatic layer.

These layering ideas are a little more advanced.

Don’t worry too much about them if it’s your first attempt at mixing coffee and OJ.

Health Considerations

Keep in mind that both drinks have an impact on your dental health and digestive well-being due to their acidity levels.

Read about the acidity and pH of coffee.

Impact on enamel

Your tooth enamel is the hard, protective outer layer of your teeth. Consistently consuming acidic beverages like coffee and orange juice can weaken enamel over time, potentially leading to increased sensitivity or even cavities. To minimize damage:

  • Rinse your mouth with water after drinking.
  • Wait 30 minutes before brushing to prevent enamel abrasion.

Managing acidity

The high acidity in both coffee and orange juice can lead to stomach discomfort, especially if consumed together.

But adding a splash of cream to your coffee may not only balance the flavor but also help to manage the acidity.

Be aware, though, mixing cream with acidic orange juice could cause curdling.

To manage acidity:

  • Enjoy these drinks separately, allowing time in between.
  • Choose a low-acid coffee blend or a calcium-fortified orange juice.

Coffee and OJ: Frequently Asked Questions

In this section, you’ll find concise answers to some of the most common queries about the unique combination of coffee and orange juice.

What are the benefits of combining coffee with orange juice?

Combining coffee with orange juice might appear unconventional, but it can enhance your morning routine by merging the wake-up qualities of caffeine with the vitamin C boost from the orange juice.

How did the tradition of mixing coffee with orange juice start?

While not a widespread tradition, mixing coffee with orange juice has been experimented with by various cultures, often driven by a curiosity to blend the distinct flavors of these two popular breakfast items.

Can drinking coffee and orange juice together impact one’s health?

The acidity in both coffee and orange juice can have varying effects on the digestive system; however, no significant health impacts have been confirmed as long as they are consumed in moderation and not on an empty stomach.

What is the name of the beverage that mixes coffee with orange juice?

It doesn’t have a universally acknowledged name, but it has been called by several names like “the OJ express” or “sunrise,” indicative of the fusion that surprises many first-time tasters.

Are there any known Starbucks drinks that feature both coffee and orange juice?

As of now, Starbucks does not feature a standard menu drink that combines coffee and orange juice.

Is it recommended to have coffee and orange juice together for breakfast?

There are no dietary guidelines promoting or dissuading the combination of coffee and orange juice for breakfast, though individual preference plays a crucial role, along with considering the acidity levels of both.

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My name is Colm O’Regan. I’m a self-confessed coffee nut who probably drinks a little too much of the stuff every morning. And I founded Moderno Coffee with the goal of providing the best coffee guides and reviews on the web.