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.
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.
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).