Tia Maria Cocktails for the Holidays

Tis the season! The holidays are a time to wind down and indulge in your favorite treats. If a favorite indulgence is coffee, then you will be excited to try out a cocktail with Tia Maria Dark Liqueur (SRP: $23.99 for a 750mL or $29.99 1L),  a coffee liqueur made with natural Madagascar vanilla, the finest fresh Arabica coffee roasted to perfection and complemented with a touch of Jamaican rum.

We worked with NJ-based Mixologist, Jillian Maggio, to create tasty coffee-inspired cocktails for the holidays. “Overall, the unique sugars in Tia Maria made the liqueur easy to work with. I highly recommend it in a cocktail for any time of day, not just after dinner. Tia Maria is versatile which allows mixologists to create a variety of cocktails that are festive for any occasion, especially the holidays. In building these recipes, I wanted to showcase the different spices and coffee bean flavors in a festive way that could easily be duplicated at-home.”

Listed below are three specialty cocktails created by Jillian to kick off the holiday season of home entertaining. As you will see below, each recipe can be easily prepared for a small or large group. We recommend serving these drinks with your favorite holiday cookies.

Reindeer Martini

  • 1 oz. Tia Maria
  • 1 oz. L’Heritier-Guyot Crème de Cassis
  • 1 oz. Milk (whole or 2%)

o   Combine all ingredients into a shaker over ice.

o   Shake and strain into a martini glass.

o   Garnish with a skewered fresh raspberry

 

Tia Maria Minty Hot Coco

  • 1 oz. Tia Maria
  • .5 oz. Crème de Menthe
  • 3.5 oz. Hot Chocolate

o   Combine Tia Maria and crème de menthe in a mug.

o   Then pour in the hot chocolate.

o   Top with whipped cream and garnish with a mint leaf and candy cane

 

Santa on the Beach

  • 1 oz. Tia Maria
  • 1 oz. Coconut Rum
  • 2 oz. Coconut Almond Milk
  • 2 oz. Cold Brew Coffee

o   Combine Tia Maria, Coconut Rum and Coconut Almond Milk into a highball glass over ice. Stir, then top with Cold Brew Coffee

o   Sprinkle in coconut flakes

Holiday Cocktail Recipe with Khortysa Vodka and Raspberry Lemonade

The holidays are right around the corner.  Traditionally, I’m the person in my family who prepares appetizers, dishes or cocktails.

From my experience, having a delicious cocktail keeps everyone relaxed and enjoying the day.  It’s a fun way to remove the holiday edge after extensive traveling or managing kids.

Khortytsa Vodka is premium liquor that mixes with most beverages.  Not only does the distillery use local organic filters but it’s a great gift option for coworkers, family, and friends.  The new holiday gift set includes both Khortytsa Platinum and Khortytsa Honey Pepper

To jump-start the holiday season, I wanted to share a recipe for Vodka Raspberry Lemonade:

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Ingredients:

1 Part Khortytsa Platinum Vodka

2 Parts Rasberry Lemonade Juice

1 Fresh Lemon Wedge and Parsley Leaf (Garnish)

Ice

Instructions:

Combine ingredients and stir in ice.

Serve with a cheese platter or spread for Thanksgiving.

Christina Milian and Viva Diva Wine – Taste of Summer

Christina Milian is the owner of a new spirits collection titled, Viva Diva Wines.  Flavors such as mango, peach, and colada, are the perfect wine for summer! Whether you are creating a wine cocktail, wine ice pops or simply enjoying a glass of wine Viva Diva’s tropical flavors are the perfect wine to sip on throughout the summer.

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Masque Bar and Martinis Girls Night In

Have a girls night in for the Emmy Awards (September 20th) with a Masks and Martinis party! Choose from a selection of Masque Bar by Look Beauty sheet masks that target different skin concerns in an array of flavors. Sit back, relax and watch the famed award show as you sip on a Cucumber and Green Teani to match!

Green Tea Sheet Mask: Mixed Green Tea Extract, Collagen and Vitamin E  to maintain ideal moisture level by providing constant supply of moisture and nutrition. ($9.99 for 3 masks; Amazon.com)

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Lemon Sheet Mask: Combined with Lemon Extract, Collagen and Vitamin E to help purify, refine and soothe your skin. ($9.99 for 3 masks; Amazon.com)

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Cucumber Sheet Mask: Blended with Cucumber Extract, Collagen and Vitamin E to help moisturize and restore skin tone after UV exposure. ($9.99 for 3 masks; Amazon.com)

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Recipe for a Cucumber Green Teani –

Cucumber Green Teani

2 oz citrus vodka

.75 oz green tea

Dash of simple syrup

Dash of lemon juice

2 slices of cucumber

1 piece of fresh ginger

1 pinch of sea salt

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Directions: Muddle cucumber and ginger with a pinch of salt and simple syrup. Add the remaining ingredients and shake with cubed ice. Finely strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a thin slice of cucumber.