Dark Maria
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Dark Maria
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The Dark Maria is a cocktail that presents a rich blend of flavors ideal for those who appreciate a caffeinated kick in their drink. This beverage combines the deep and ... more The Dark Maria is a cocktail that presents a rich blend of flavors ideal for those who appreciate a caffeinated kick in their drink. This beverage combines the deep and sweet tones of coffee liqueur with the caramel-like notes of cola and the complex, slightly spicy profile of dark rum. Not unlike a darker, more mysterious twist on a rum and cola, this cocktail is typically served in a highball glass, suggesting it's meant to be sipped and savored. The Dark Maria is a fitting choice for evening social gatherings or as a post-dinner indulgence for coffee and rum enthusiasts seeking a refreshing yet indulgent cocktail experience.
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Dark rum
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Lime
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6% | 1.8 units *

Highball glass

Ingredients

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Method
How to make a Dark Maria

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Pour Tia Maria and rum into a highball glass filled with ice
Top up with coke and stir
Garnish with a lime slice and serve

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·  Highball  ·  Stir  ·  Garnish  · 

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FAQ's

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I substitute the dark rum in a Dark Maria cocktail with another type of rum?

Yes, you can substitute dark rum with another type of rum in a Dark Maria cocktail. Light rum can be used for a lighter taste, or spiced rum for a more nuanced flavor. However, keep in mind that replacing dark rum may alter the cocktail's intended flavor profile and color.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

What is the best way to serve a Dark Maria cocktail?

The best way to serve a Dark Maria cocktail is cold, in a highball glass. Fill the glass with ice cubes before adding the coffee liqueur and dark rum, then top up with cola and gently stir. This ensures the cocktail is well chilled and dilutes slightly for a smooth taste.

ALCOHOL_CONTENT_COMPARISON

How does the alcohol content of a Dark Maria compare to a standard cocktail?

With an alcohol content of 6%, the Dark Maria has a lower alcohol content compared to many standard cocktails, which often range from 10% to 20%. This makes it a lighter choice, suitable for those seeking a milder alcoholic beverage.

CUSTOMIZATION_IDEAS

How can I customize a Dark Maria to add a personal touch?

To customize a Dark Maria, consider adding a twist of orange peel or a few dashes of Angostura bitters for a subtle flavor complexity. Alternatively, garnishing with a maraschino cherry or adding a splash of cream can create a different taste experience.

OCCASION_SUITABILITY

What kind of occasion is a Dark Maria cocktail best suited for?

A Dark Maria cocktail, with its rich and smooth flavors, is well suited for evening gatherings or as a nightcap. Its sophisticated taste profile makes it a great choice for cocktail parties, dinner events, or casual socializing where a less potent alcoholic option is desirable.

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