For some of us getting through the festive season, especially Christmas is more of a marathon than a sprint. With family demands, family arguments and family expectations, the stakes can be high and being on the ball enough to navigate through it, is more skill than a suggestion.
With this said there is no better crutch to get through the battle than a coffee liqueur cocktail. Not only are they tasty but they will keep you awake through Uncle Bruce’s fishing stories, keep you attentive enough to sidestep the relationship/career/babies interrogations and alert enough to ward off potential arguments.
But when it comes to making a coffee cocktail, which coffee liqueur should you choose? And which recipes will steel you sufficiently for the family verbal bloodshed to come?
Well, we’ve decided to help you out with that and conduct what we can best describe as the Coffee Liqueur Christmas Smackdown. Yes, two coffee Liqueurs will enter but which one will survive?
Both Coffee Liqueurs have been training heavily to ensure that they will be the one left standing, or rather be the one that is practically glued to your hand from Christmas Eve through to Boxing Day.
So let us be your Dutch Uncle as these brands get ready to rumble.
In the red corner, we have Mr Black, an Australian Coffee Liqueur, represented by co-founder Tom Baker.
In the blue corner, we have Tia Maria, originating from Jamaica but now made in Italy, represented by Australian brand ambassador, Danilo Migliorini.
As the bell sounds, Mr Black comes out strongly “Mr Black has that dark roast, bittersweet flavour that people now know and love,” said Baker.
Mr Black uses cold-pressed, speciality single-origin coffee beans from Ethiopia, Brazil and Papua New Guinea to craft their gold-medal-winning liqueur.
“Mr Black, with its low sugar, bigger coffee flavour, probably is not going to appeal to your average Kahlua or Tia Maria drinker,” continued Baker. “It’s just got a lot less sugar in it and a really intense coffee flavour. The people that love it, couldn’t ever drink anything else.”
But don’t discount Tia Maria, who has come in with a sharp right hook.” Tia Maria is perfect for every occasion and it’s the combination of Jamaican spiced Rum, the chocolate after taste and the real coffee flavour,” said Migliorini
Tia Maria uses 100% Arabica Coffee Beans. Picked in the Blue Mountains in Jamaica, as well as Madagascar Vanilla and Jamaican Rum for a complex aromatic taste.
We have a unique combination of Jamaican Spiced rum, Vanilla and coffee,” continued Migliorini. “It’s different for sure. It’s made with Jamaican spiced rum and rum is naturally sweeter than other spirits. In my humble opinion, Tia Maria is perfectly balanced.”
So which Coffee Liqueur will be your choice over this festive season? Well, really, each of our competitors is neck-and-neck and it will all come down to the next round, where the cocktails that each brand believes are worth your Christmas attention can be found.
Mr Black recipes
40ml Mr Black
20ml Mezcal or Tequila
30ml Pink Grapefruit
Top with Soda
Salt rim glass. Combine ingredients and add ice. Top with soda. Garnish with grapefruit wedge
BRANDY COLD FASHIONED
30ml Mr Black
Stir & garnish with a brandied orange twist
Tia Maria recipes
30ml Tia Maria
10ml creme de cacao dark
Mix all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker and shake it! Strain the mixture twice before serving in a martini glass and garnish with a bit of chocolate.
RUMBLE IN THE JUNGLE
20ml lime juice
10ml coconut syrup
30ml Tia Maria
Pour all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker and shake it. Strain and serve in a tiki style glass for a tropical feeling, associated with Aussie Christmas!