It’s mid afternoon and you don’t know if you prefer to enjoy a delicious cocktail or one of your favorite desserts? With this tiramisu martini recipes you can have the best of both worlds.
Tiramisu martini is one of the many so-called dessert drinks, which take the flavors of a given classic dessert and turn them into a cocktail form. They’re all simple cocktails, and they’re very customizable. So they’re perfect for both amateurs looking for easy recipes with their favorite liqueurs, and for professionals seeking new ideas.
In this post, I’ll show you a basic recipe, and then we’ll see how to improve it with more ingredients, substitutions, and different garnish ideas. Let’s go!
Tiramisu Martini Ingredients
For this cocktail recipe, you’re going to need a cocktail shaker, a strainer, and some martini cocktail glasses.
Now, let’s talk about ingredients. As you can imagine, nearly every bartender has their own way of doing this cocktail, but most tiramisu martini recipes are made with:
- a coffee liqueur;
- vodka or rum;
- heavy cream or milk;
- chocolate syrup;
- ice cubes;
- a garnishing made with chocolate or coffee
These are the most logical options to transpose tiramisu’s distinctive taste into a drinkable form. Some people like to use multiple coffee liqueurs at a time. Others add some Cognac as well. And there are endless ways of garnishing the glasses. However, before you start making experiments, try this simple version. The amounts of the ingredients are meant for a single drink.
1 + ½ oz Caffè Borghetti: it’s a typical Italian coffee liqueur. Alternatively, you can go with Kahlua or Bayley’s Irish Cream. Anything with a strong coffee flavor will do.
1 + ½ oz Rum Anejo ‘Especial’ Pampero: I usually go with Pampero rum when making cocktails because it’s the easiest to find in my local grocery shops. However, feel free to experiment with your favorite dark rum.
3 oz heavy whipping cream: to evocate the sweet creaminess of tiramisu.
1 oz Creme de Cacao: to decorate the martini glass before adding the rest of the ingredients.
Unsweetened cocoa powder to taste: a simple yet elegant garnish.
Ice cubes: you won’t need many of them – just enough to fill the cocktail shaker.
Now, let’s make a delicious dessert cocktail based on the most classic Italian dessert.
Step 1: Drizzle the Creme de Cacao around the inside of the martini glass. Try to give it an elegant swirl.
Step 2: Fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes, and add all the liqueurs and the heavy cream.
Step 3: Close the shaker, hold it with both your hands (one on the top, one on the bottom) and shake horizontally for about 30 seconds. I know, it’s a little bit much. Most cocktails require up to 10 or 15 seconds, but those with cream or eggs require more shaking than the others.
If you are new to mixology, here’s a nice video that explains how to shake cocktails properly.
Step 4: Strain the drink onto the martini glasses, and garnish with a dusting of cocoa powder.
Variations: a few more tiramisu martini recipes
Now that you know how to make a basic tiramisu martini, here are a few ideas to try out next time you make it. It can be a “build your own recipe” game: try as many combinations as you like, until you find the one that’s good for you.
Substitutions and additions
As I was saying before, you can exchange rum with vodka and other spirits, Borghetti with Kahlua and Irish cream, Creme de Cacao with Godiva chocolate liqueur, and you can add some other ingredients. Here are a few more ideas that you could try one by one.
- Use RumChata instead of rum.
- Use two different coffee liqueurs (1 oz each)
- Try vanilla vodka.
- Use coconut milk instead of heavy cream. If you do it and you don’t add eggs, you can shake for just 10 to 15 seconds.
- Use only 2 oz of cream, and add 1 egg yolk. Place it on the bottom of the cocktail shaker before anything else, and whip it with a handheld milk frother.
- Add a teaspoon of mascarpone cream to the whipping cream.
- Add one dash of amaretto liqueur to the heavy whipping cream and whip them together before adding them to the cocktail shaker.
- Same as above, but with ½ oz of Frangelico.
- Chocolate flakes.
- Chocolate shavings and a sprinkle of biscuit crumbs made from crushed ladyfinger cookies.
- Coffee beans and a sprinkle of coarse sanded brown sugar.
- Add a ladyfinger cookie vertically, like its a straw, and surround it with one of the options above.
- Many people like to add a maraschino cherry. I’ve never tried it, though.
There are many possible tiramisu martini recipes to create with these ideas. I will be on a diet for the next few months, so I can’t try them all. But if you happen to find a combination you like, let me know in the comments. We’ll turn it into a recipe card like the one below and add it here.Print