This Tia Maria Espresso Martini Will Have You Buzzing

Coffee-spiked cocktails have come a long way since classics like the whiskey-laced Irish Coffee (1940s/‘50s), the White Russian (1960s, but later popularized by the film The Big Lebowski) and the Espresso Martini (1980s/’90s) entered the lexicon.

Baristas and bartenders have been hard at work creating the next wave of unforgettable coffee cocktails. The result is a cornucopia of coffee drinks spanning every major spirit category.

One of the best coffee cocktail ingredients on the planet still remains Tia Maria. A sweet liqueur with a strong coffee character and complex aromatic structure, there are three significant elements that characterise its flavour: Tia Maria coffee provides the distinctive roasted, full-bodied rich taste.

When you need a little extra motivation, mixing coffee and alcohol is the best way to go. This cocktail will satiate your craving for both alcohol and coffee in a single drink.

Tia Espresso Martini


  • 25 ml Tia Maria
  • 50 ml Vodka
  • 25 ml shot of espresso
  • 5 ml of sugar syrup (if you like things sweet)


Fill a martini glass with ice and set aside to chill. Pour Tia Maria, vodka and espresso into a cocktail shaker. Fill the rest of the shaker with ice. Shake the ingredients together. Empty the martini glass of ice. Pour in the contents od the shaker using a strainer and sieve into the glass. Finish with three coffee beans.