Homemade Tia Maria Recipe
I have no idea why it began but late in the 1970’s liqueurs became very popular in northern Canada; homemade versions were created and shared extensively through friends and neighbours. This Tia Maria recipe is one of those tried and true recipes everyone loved. Give it a try, it is easy to make, tastes very good and will save you some money. The only thing is it needs six weeks to mature to its best flavour.
The original recipe makes three 26 oz bottles using an entire bottle of brandy. I have reduced the size of the recipe so you can try it before making such a large recipe of it. The full sized recipe is further down the post its the perfect size for Christmas gift giving.
Homemade Tia Maria Recipe – 26 oz bottle
1 1/2 cups brandy
3 tbsp Yuban Instant Coffee
1/3 vanilla bean
1 1/3 cup water
1 1/3 cup sugar
Besides the recipe ingredients you will need a bottle to store the Tia Maria. An empty liquor bottle with the cap works, or a dollar store one with a cap that is about 26 oz in size. Its also really handy to have a funnel to pour the Tia Maria into the neck of the bottle.
Boil 1.5 cups of water. Add instant coffee to 1/3 cup of the water, set aside to cool.
Add 1 1/3 cups of sugar to 1 1/3 cups of the boiling water. Stir to dissolve the sugar.
Cut off a third of a vanilla bean place in the bottom of a bottle. Mix all the ingredients together and pour into the bottle. Store at least six weeks before using.
You can print out the simple paper labels for Tia Maria if you like. I attached the label using double sided tape.
Homemade Tia Maria Recipe – Makes three 26 oz bottles
This is the original recipe.
26 oz bottle of brandy
2 oz Yuban instant coffee
1 vanilla bean
4 cups boiling water
4 cups sugar
Boil 4 cups of water. Add instant coffee to one cup of the water, set aside to cool.
Add four cups of sugar to three cups of the boiling water. Stir to dissolve the sugar.
Cut the vanilla bean into thirds and place in the bottom of each bottle. Mix all the ingredients together and pour into the three bottles.
Storing Tia Maria
Store in a cool place for six weeks before serving.
Drinks Recipes for Tia Maria
This is how we use our Tia Maria
Brown Cow Cocktail Recipe
Pour 2 oz of Tia Maria into a glass, add two ice cubes and fill with milk.
Tia and Coffee
Place 2 oz of Tia Maria in a mug and fill with coffee.
It’s always nice to have liqueurs around for the winter months. They are often expensive to buy, whereas these homemade versions are not.
I have made three homemade liqueur recipes for this year. I hope you enjoy them as much as my family does.
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