Tia Maria and Funkin will push at-home cocktails in the UK

Tia Maria and Funkin will push at-home cocktails in the UK

Illva Saronno's Tia Maria liqueur brand has been partnered with Funkin cocktail mixers in the UK for an end-of-year promotion pack.

William Grant & Sons' First Drinks unit, the UK sales, marketing and distribution agent for Tia Maria, said earlier this week that around 90,000 units of the liqueur will be paired with Funkin's Espresso Martini cocktail mixer across the country's off-trade. The packs, which will be available with 70cl and 1-litre bottles of Tia Maria, are designed to encourage consumers to create a Tia Maria Espresso Martini cocktail at home.

“Consumers are more influenced than ever before by their on-trade experiences and are looking to re-create a special experience in the home,” said Will Thompson, senior brand manager for Tia Maria at First Drinks. “The Tia Maria and Funkin partnership … will ensure the brand is front of mind when consumers next visit the on-trade.”

The packs launched earlier this month.

Illva Saronno acquired Tia Maria from Pernod Ricard in 2009, handing the UK distribution rights to First Drinks later in the year.