Tia Marias are a fabulous after dinner drink and are a great substitute for dessert. This Tia Maria cocktail is basically a boozy milkshake, a drinkable dessert that everyone loves. Very easy to prepare and can be made ahead. Great for entertaining and for the holiday season
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The theme for this month's Recipe ReDux is Grab a Book and Cook. "We're playing a little party game at the end of 2017: Grab your nearest cookbook and ReDux the recipe on page 201, 17, 217 or any combination of the number 2017."
I thought that using a recipe from the cookbook I created with my grandmother Nan this year would be a fabulous choice, especially since it conjures up fond memories for me.
My dad makes these for our Christmas lunch dessert every year. Luckily, I am full enough that I only have room for one. Otherwise, I’d be napping the rest of Christmas Day.
Why you should make Tia Marias
Tia Marias are a fabulous after dinner drink — or in our case, after lunch drink — and are a great substitute for dessert. They are basically a boozy milkshake, or in other words, a drinkable dessert that everyone loves.
How to Make these after dinner drinks
They could not be easier! Add everything into a blender and blend.
Tips for Making these coffee drinks
The recipe calls for less alcohol than we usually use, but I think it's better to start small and add more as needed.
The best ice cream for the recipe
Honestly, any ice cream you like will be good. We prefer coffee ice cream because it goes well with the coffee liquor, but you could also use chocolate ice cream.
Because you are drinking this, I don't recommend using a very rich ice cream. Otherwise, your drink might be too rich.
Make Ahead Tips
These can be made ahead of time for up to 24 hours and kept in the fridge. In fact, my dad does this every year so he doesn't have to bother with the blender after we enjoy our Christmas meal.
Variations & Substitutions
Feel free to use a dairy free ice cream for a dairy free drink.
Keep these in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer.
What to serve with this dish
Well, you definitely need to eat a meal with these so you aren't too tipsy after drinking.
Tia Marias are one of my favorite holiday traditions, and I think you'll love them too. You can serve these as an after dinner drink at dinner parties and even use them as a substitute for dessert. They are delicious!
MORE HOLIDAY DESSERT RECIPES YOU'LL LOVE:
- 48 ounce coffee ice cream softened
- 4 ounces coffee liqueur
- 1 1/2 ounces brandy
- Add the ice cream to a blender. Top with coffee liqueur and brandy. Blend until smooth. Enjoy!
What to Use in This Recipe
Doesn't this recipe look good?! You should probably pin it for later: