Coffee and cocktails unite with the Tia Maria + Coffee Project launch in Australia

On a wet Wednesday night, Tia Maria and coffee roaster Welcome Dose Specialty Coffee celebrated the Australian launch of Tia Maria + Coffee Project.

Tia Maria is a coffee liqueur made with Arabica coffee beans, vanilla and Jamaican rum. It was popular in the 80s drunk straight or over ice. Now, Tia Maria has a new-look, sleeker bottle and is back in vogue. It is more commonly drunk as a base for an espresso martini or other coffee cocktails.

Tia Maria + Coffee Project is a global initiative combining coffee and cocktails. Tia Maria aligns itself with bespoke coffee roasters in each region to make delicious coffee cocktails. In Sydney it has teamed up with Rosebery based Welcome Dose Specialty Coffee to launch Tia Maria + Coffee Project to Sydney trade and media.

The night started off with the ever so popular classic Espresso Martini. Guests enjoyed the drink mixed with Tia Maria and snacked on beef sliders and delicious tiramisu desserts. Continuing to the next refreshing station, guests tried the Tia Mint Americano and the Tia Mint Frappè, both great cocktails.

As the rain continued, Tia Maria’s brand ambassador, Matteo Fabbris, explained the flavour sensations of Tia Maria when combined with quality coffee beans. Then guests went back to listening to great tunes and chatting all things coffee and cocktails.

The night finished off with and Iced Popcorn Frappè, a pure indulgence!

All guests were given a bottle of Tia Maria to take home and the six recipes listed below:

  • Tia Espresso Martini – 25ml Tia Maria, 25ml vodka, double or single shot of espresso, 5ml sugar syrup
  • Tia Mint Frappe – 25ml Tia Maria, double shot of espresso, 6 mint leaves and 50ml milk
  • Tia Mint Americano – 25ml Tia Maria, double shot of espresso, 10ml sugar syrup, 6 mint leaves and 30ml sparkling water
  • Tia Iced Popcorn Frappe – 50ml Tia Maria, 50ml milk, double shot of espresso, 20ml of popcorn syrup and popcorn
  • Tia Flat White – 25ml Jamaican Rum, 25ml Tia Maria, shot of espresso, 5ml demerara sugar and 30ml milk
  • Tia Cappuccino – 25ml Tia Maria, 25ml vodka, shot of espresso, and morello cherry or salted caramel foam.

Thanks to Tia Maria, coffee lovers can now enjoy coffee from a morning cup to an evening cocktail!

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The Lobby Bar at Le Montage launches in the Inner West

Sydney’s first whiskey and cocktail bar designed with events in mind, The Lobby Bar at Le Montage, launches in Lilyfield on Wednesday 7 June 2017.

Le Montage is an elegant wedding venue with views of Iron Cove Bay. In my early 20s, I attended a couple of weddings here and was impressed by the elegance of the venue. Now, the Navarra family (who have owned the venue since 1996) have added another touch of sophistication and style to the venue with the new concept Lobby Bar that is perfect for pre-events, post events, private events or for just coming in for a drink.

The Lobby Bar at Le Montage is contemporary in style and decor.  It is a haven for whiskey and cocktail enthusiasts serving the finest local and international whiskeys sourced from around the globe, and making their signature cocktails from the best ingredients. The wine bar has premium local wines and craft beers, alongside their exposed wine cellar.

If your impressed with the luxurious decor of The Lobby at Le Montage, be prepare to be blown away with the menu, which is designed by Vanessa Martin and her team of executive chefs. Vanessa Martin started her culinary career in 1999 when she opened her first restaurant, Il Piave in Balmain, at the young age of 24. She received the first of six conservative one chef hat awards after being open for just six months. She closed it down and set up Mercato e Cucina in Gladesville with her brother, Robert Martin. Mercato e Cucina is part deli, part cafe, part up-market providore, part restaurant, part bar, part pizzeria, part patisserie, part bottle shop, part greengrocer. She then set up the Italian food and wine emporium, Bel & Brio at Barangaroo.

Guests were guided through the venue by MC Peter Deppeler, a reporter from the Kyle and Jackie O Show on KIIS 1065. They night started upstairs in one of the reception rooms where guests sampled the culinary delights made by Vanessa Martin, including: sesame crusted sashimi tuna with white balsamic soy dressing; Waygu bresaola cigars, artichoke hearts and endive; tempura zucchini flowers filled with mixed cheeses; mini fried chicken sliders with chilli mayo and slaw; pea panna cotta with blue swimmer crab meat and snow pea leaf; mini eggplant parmigiana with micro basil; and vitello tonnato made with Italian crispbread, seared veal and tuna mayonnaise.

After dinner, guests moved downstairs to the Lobby at Le Montage where they were served french fries with graded cheese and drunk gin and tonic from the Hendricks cart; rusty nail from the whiskey bar, and house beer and wines from the main and wine bar.

The Lobby Bar at Le Montage is located at Le Montage at 38 Frazer Street, Lilyfield NSW 2040.

The Lobby Bar at Le Montage is open Wednesday and Thursday evening from 5pm until late and Friday through to Sunday from 4pm until late.

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