Homemade Tia Maria

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By Francine Lizotte
from Surrey South, BC

Very easy to make, this delicious coffee liqueur is a great one to have around.

serves 6 cups
prep time 5 Min
cook time 5 Min
method Stove Top


  •   4 tsp
    instant coffee (substitute instant espresso)
  •   1/2 c
    boiling water
  •   2 1/2 c
    granulated sugar, or to taste
  •   1 1/2 c
    cold distilled water
  •   2 tsp
    pure vanilla extract
  •   750 ml
    (26 oz.) 94% alcohol

How To Make

  • 1
    In a measuring cup, add instant coffee and boiling water; stir until granules are dissolved and set aside.
  • 2
    In a saucepan over medium heat, add sugar and cold water; stir until sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat and let it sit for 15 minutes or until it gets to room temperature.
  • 3
    Add vanilla, coffee and alcohol to sugar mixture; stir very well and transfer to a liqueur decanter. Let it rest for 3 to 4 weeks before serving. Yields 6 cups
  • 4
    To view this recipe on YouTube, click on this link >>>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPEavTDljwc