End a special dinner with a Tiramisu Martini. It tastes just like the classic Italian dessert in liquid form, without all the effort.
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Tiramisu Martini recipe
There are few things more heavenly than a big helping of tiramisu. One of them is a bigger helping. Another one is a Tiramisu Martini.
Creamy and sweet with lots of coffee and chocolate flavor, the Tiramisu Martini is an absolute dream of an after-dinner drink.
Tiramisu is one of my favorite desserts. In fact, it’s what my husband and I had for dessert the night we celebrated our engagement! So it’s extra special.
Learn how to make the classic dessert in cocktail form with brandy, cream and coffee and chocolate liqueurs and wow everyone at the party.
Why you’ll love this recipe
This easy Tiramisu Martini recipe is a total crowd-pleaser, and here’s why:
- Tiramisu is a delicious dessert, but it’s tricky to make from scratch. This dessert cocktail is so much easier!
- You only need 4 ingredients and a cocktail shaker to make these festive cocktails.
- It has all the traditional flavors of tiramisu and makes for a special after-dinner drink.
Make this delicious dessert cocktail after a dinner party, for a romantic date night or for a special occasion like Thanksgiving or Christmas.
What is tiramisu?
Tiramisu is an elegant layered Italian dessert with coffee flavor is soaked into every bite.
Each layer is more delicate than the last: Espresso-soaked ladyfinger cookies soaked in marsala wine, rum, brandy or liqueur; sweet creamy mascarpone cream; and sprinkles of cocoa.
It makes for a show-stopping dessert that’s perfect year-round — dinner parties, Christmas dinner, Valentine’s Day or any other special occasion.
There are four ingredients in this tasty Tiramisu Martini, plus ice. Here’s what you’ll need:
The alcohol in tiramisu is classically Marsala wine, which is a Sicilian fortified wine.
However, you can also substitute brandy or dark rum in the dessert, and they also work in this tiramisu cocktail.
I chose brandy for this drink because of its sweet, fruity notes which help to brighten the dark chocolate and coffee flavors.
Tiramisu gets a dusting of cocoa powder to top off each layer. Chocolate liqueur is what brings in that flavor into this drink.
Crème de cacao is a sweet, chocolate-flavored liqueur. It comes in a clear version and a dark brown color. Either will work, but the dark version will help give this cocktail its tiramisu color.
You can also go for something more top-shelf like Godiva Chocolate Liqueur.
In tiramisu, each ladyfinger cookie is soaked in espresso, so coffee liqueur brings the espresso element to this cocktail. It is one of my favorite liqueurs!
Kahlua and Tia Maria are two of the most well-known brands for coffee liqueur out there.
But if you’re up for a challenge, making homemade coffee liqueur is worth it. You can make it with your favorite coffee beans and vodka. (And it makes a great gift for the coffee lover in your life!)
A splash of vanilla-flavored vodka brings in a hint of vanilla flavor, just like vanilla extract does in the creamy layers of tiramisu.
For the dairy component of this delicious cocktail, you can use either heavy whipping cream or half-and-half.
Heavy cream would give your cocktail a thick texture and half-and-half would be a bit thinner but is still nice and creamy when shaken with the other ingredients.
Feel free to choose non-dairy milk such as oat milk, soy milk, coconut milk or almond milk if that’s more your speed.
Another thing I like to do is garnish the glasses with chocolate syrup or chocolate sauce before pouring the cocktail in. It gives it a very professional look.
A little bit of grated chocolate or a pinch of unsweetened cocoa powder on the top of the cocktail also helps to dress up this drink.
How to make a Tiramisu Martini
This tiramisu cocktail recipe is so simple to make. Grab a cocktail shaker and let’s get started!
- If you want to decorate your glasses with chocolate syrup, go ahead and prepare them first.
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the coffee liqueur, chocolate liqueur, brandy (or marsala wine or rum) and heavy cream.
- Cover and shake well. Then shake some more — the point here is to slightly whip the cream so that your cocktail winds up with an incredibly thick and silky texture.
- Pour into two martini glasses and garnish with chocolate flakes and ladyfinger cookies.
More dessert drinks
Try one of these easy recipes for the perfect after-dinner cocktail.
- Classic White Russian
- Amarula Brandy Alexander
- Chocolate Old-Fashioned
- Cinnamon White Russian
- Irish Coffee
- Frozen Grasshopper
- 2 ounces coffee liqueur
- 2 ounces brandy (or marsala wine or rum)
- 1 ounce chocolate liqueur
- 1 ounce vanilla vodka
- 4 ounces heavy cream
- 2 teaspoons chocolate syrup, for garnish
- 2 savoiardi ladyfinger cookies, for garnish
- 1 teaspoon grated chocolate, for garnish
- Drizzle the inside of two martini glasses with chocolate syrup.
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the coffee liqueur, brandy, chocolate liqueur, vanilla vodka and heavy cream.
- Cover and shake vigorously to slightly whip the cream with the other ingredients.
- Pour into two martini glasses and garnish with ladyfinger cookies and grated chocolate.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 Serving Size: 5 ounces
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 582Total Fat: 27gSaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 92mgSodium: 88mgCarbohydrates: 40gFiber: 1gSugar: 27gProtein: 4g