Make Tia Maria's super simple espresso martini tonight

Looking for a cocktail to perk you up? Tia Maria's sweet liqueur with a strong coffee character will wake you up in all the right ways with this espresso martini recipe.

Serves 1

Preparation time 10 minutes

If sleep has been evading you lately, you're not the only one. Between minimal winter sunshine, hours cooped up inside our homes and, y'know, the angst of a global pandemic weighing us down, it's hardly surprising that shut-eye isn't coming naturally. So if you're looking for a shot in the arm (or your cocktail glass), Tia Maria has come up trumps with the same super-smooth, coffee liqueur we know and love, but in a sleek and distinctive new bottle. 

A favourite among cocktail lovers, Tia Maria is said to have been used in the first espresso martini recipe, over 40 years ago. The iconic cocktail is believed to have been created by Dick Bradsell in the late 1980s while at Fred's Club in London at the request of a customer who wanted to wake up. A remarkable piece of cocktail history deserves an extraordinary coffee liqueur, and Tia Maria's delicious coffee taste and complex aromatic structure is the perfect addition to this classic tipple. 

Thanks to its cold brew extraction technique, Tia Maria guarantees a roasted, full-bodied rich taste from its 100 per cent arabica coffee beans, plus a softness from its Madagascar vanilla and a depth from its Jamaican rum unlike any other. The only thing you should worry about is what you're mixing it up with at your next happy hour. 

Tia Maria cocktail recipes

Diverse and bold, there's no end to how you can shake up Tia Maria.

1. Tia Espresso Martini

The ultimate coffee cocktail (recipe below) is every bit as bold as the woman Tia Maria was named after.

2. Tia Groni 

An equal parts ratio of gin, Tia Maria and red bitter, with the classic orange twist to finish the spin on the Negroni.

3. Tia Flat White Russian

Shake up Tia Maria with Jamaican rum, espresso and chocolate powder for a Moscow-inspired tipple.

If you need even more drink inspiration, head to brand ambassador Aaron Male's Instagram to start your cocktail adventure tonight.

Though it may have been given a makeover, Tia Maria is still a classic liqueur that serves as a base for all your favourite coffee flavoured cocktails. Now, the only difference is that the bottle — with its soft, curvaceous lines and a fun new graphic label — deserves pride of place on your home bar during lockdown (and beyond).

Buy a bottle of Tia Maria for $2 off at the LCBO ($27.25) today — or head to for more information.


  • ¾ oz Tia Maria
  • ¾ oz vodka
  • Double or single shot of espresso
  • 2 bar spoons of simple syrup


  1. Fill a martini glass with ice and set it aside to chill.
  2. Pour Tia Maria, vodka and espresso into a cocktail shaker.
  3. Fill the rest of the shaker with ice. Shake the ingredients together.
  4. Empty the martini glass of ice.
  5. Pour in the contents of the shaker using a strainer and sieve into the glass.
  6. Garnish with three coffee beans.