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

Great Wine Options For Your Holiday Table

Christmas and New Year’s is just around the corner and it is time to talk about food and wine pairings!

Buying wine for dinner can be a challenge but I have compiled a few delicious options to choose from:

Fernando Pighin & Figli: Pinot Grigio Friuli Grave 2015v (SRP: $17.99)

  • This wine is a great option to start off the evening and drink through dinner. The Old World Italian wine pairs perfectly with seafood, soft cheeses, vegetarian dishes and of course turkey. This medium-bodied Pinot Grigio has aromas of white fruit and minerality from the Friuli Grave terroir. It is produced without oak or malolactic to keep the grape’s freshness and bright acidity. This wine is light and refreshing, leaving room to taste the many dishes served during the holiday.


Sequoia Grove Winery: Chardonnay 2014v (SRP: $27.99)

  • If guests love a delicious Chardonnay from Napa Valley, Sequoia Grove would be the perfect choice. This 100% food-friendly Chardonnay will pair well with most dishes, from appetizers to soups to main courses. It has aromas of pear, lychee, citrus zest, lightly toasted almonds, and fresh bread. The aroma and palate characteristics are derived from 10 months of oak aging in French oak barrels. Sequoia Grove’s well-integrated oak Chardonnay will refresh the palate and won’t overpower the delicious spices in the Thanksgiving dishes.


Maison Louis Jadot Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2013v  (SRP: $19.99)

  • Louis Jadot’s affordable red Burgundy is a classic holiday wine pairing. It is a versatile wine that complements many meats and soft cheeses like Camembert and Brie. The 2013 vintage produced mature wines with intense aromas of red cherries, black blackberries, blackcurrants. Its well-integrated tannins are supported by a vibrant freshness in the finish.


Craggy Range Winery Te Muna Road Pinot Noir 2013v  (SRP: $44.99)

  • Craggy Range Winery produces beautiful deep brick red colored, single-vineyard Pinot Noirs from the Martinborough wine region of New Zealand. This New World wine has vibrant aromatics of red and black cherries, rose petal, sandalwood and wet earth. It is fruit forward with fine, dry tannins that provides a soft yet complex finish. This is another delicious wine option to serve throughout your holiday meal.


Thanksgiving Dinner Wine Pairing –

This year, I hosted Thanksgiving dinner and served a bottle of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.  To make our pairing more festive, I created a cheese platter to enhance the wine flavorings.

Salty – Assortment of Crackers

Protein – Prosciutto & Nuts

Flavor Enhancement – Sharp Cheddar Cheese

next time, I will add a variety of cheese, fruit, and olives 


The in-home tasting was a fun opportunity for enthusiast to try new flavors and expand their palate!