Saturday, December 8, 2012

Tia Maria

 The Legend of Tia Maria dates from the mid 17th century, when a young and beautiful Spanish aristocrat fled the crisis caused by the colonial war on the island of Jamaica. Her maid saved a family treasure, a small jewelry box containing black pearls earrings and an ancient manuscript of the recipe for a mysterious liqueur. The recipe was named in honor of this courageous woman, Tia Maria. It was then rediscovered in 1950 by Dr. Kenneth Leigh Evans, who began to produce and market it. Tia Maria is an exotic infusion of natural vanilla and the best coffee, freshly roasted to perfection, complemented by a touch of Jamaican rum. A delicious blend of rich tones of gold and copper, and a seductive aroma of caramel make Tia Maria liqueur ideal for creating unforgettable exotic cocktails.

Last Thursday we were at the first night of the "Tia Maria Room" world tour, and what a night it was!!! 
I already liked Tia Maria, but the drinks offered that night have broadened the possibilities in a masterly fashion. 

The evening was savoured to the sound of soul singer Jarvis Church.  The perfect background to enjoy refined drinks in the company of beautiful people. All three options were excellent; recipes right here (because keeping them secret would just be mean):

1 oz Tia Maria
1 oz espresso
1.5 oz Grey Goose
0.5 oz simple syrup
coffee beans

Combine all ingredients together with crushed ice in a Boston shaker.
Pour into a martini glass and garnish with coffee beans.

3/4 oz Tia Maria
3/4 oz Grey Goose L'Orange
1.5 oz fresh orange juice
garnish with an orange twist

Combine all ingredients together with crushed ice in a Boston shaker.
Shake and pour into a martini glass

1 oz Tia Maria
1 oz Bacardi Oakheart
Pour the ingredients into a highball glass filled with ice and stir.
Top with ground nutmeg.

More recipes and the latest news of Tia Maria Room can be found on their website.  It's worth the exploration to discover new ways of enjoying a classic.

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