Matcha Martini Recipe and Review of Tia Maria Matcha Cream

Tia Maria seem to have given themselves a refresh with their Tia Maria Matcha drink. We had seen the adverts and thankfully Mark got the hint this Christmas and a bottle was in my stocking. But what is Tia Maria? What is Matcha? and What does Tia Maria Matcha taste like?

What is matcha?

Matcha is Japanese green tea made from finely powdered leaves. These leaves are grown under shade so that there is more caffeine and theanine in Matcha tea. The taste is complex with sweet, bitter and earthy notes.

What is Tia Maria?

Tia Maria is a coffee liqueur which originates from Jamaica but is now made in Italy. The main ingredients are coffee beans, Jamaican rum, vanilla, and sugar.

What does Tia Maria Matcha Cream Liqueur taste like?

If you are a matcha fan, you will be disappointed. There is a slight hint which may be good for mixing and drinking but if you like matcha and you like it strong, you may feel let down.

It is smooth, creamy and very easy to drink. We tried it as a Matcha Tini, the recipe below, and enjoyed it. Over ice would be an excellent way to spend the evening. An enjoyable drink, not quite that hit of matcha we expected. A good one to add to cocktails and sip, just not that hit of matcha we were looking for.

Matcha Tini

Tia Maria Matcha Martini

Martini made with Tia Maria Matcha


  • 60 ml Tia Maria Matcha Cream Liqueur
  • 30 ml vodka
  • Matcha sugar to rim the glass (optional)


  • To make the matcha sugar: mix 2tsp of sugar and 1tsp of matcha powder on a plate. If using, wet the rim of the glass, then gently dip in the matcha mixture.
  • Add the ingredients to a shaker with ice and shake well.
  • Strain into a coupe or martini glass previously rimmed with matcha sugar.
Keyword cocktail, Drink, matcha



I am Emma and with my husband Mark write Foodie Explorers, which is a food and travel website.

I am a member of the Guild of Food Writers and British Guild of Travel Writers.

We have a wide range of judging experience covering products, hotels and have judged, for example, for Great Taste Awards and Scottish Baker of the Year.

Along the way Mark gained WSET Level 2 in Wine and I have WSET Level 2 in Spirits as well as picking up an award with The Scotsman Food and Drink Awards.    

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