Variations and Substitutions
There are a few ways to shake up your tiramisu martini other than the recipe above.
- RumChata is a popular ingredient in tiramisu martinis, and you can use this in place of Irish cream.
- Add a splash of vanilla liqueur or vodka.
- Use chocolate vodka instead of chocolate liqueur.
- Instead of coffee liqueur, use chilled coffee or equal parts of each.
A tiramisu martini is often topped with chocolate shavings while the traditional tiramisu dessert garnish is a dusting of cocoa powder. You can easily swap your shavings for cocoa powder to mimic the namesake dessert of the martini. If you want to dress yours up further, use crushed ladyfingers for a rim, first dipping the rim in honey then the crushed cookies.
About the Tiramisu Martini
Tiramisu is a classic dessert; its flavors of espresso, whipped cream, mascarpone, and cocoa are a memorable visual and taste experience. Assembling this dessert is a labor of love. Although the tiramisu has all the look and taste of a timeless dessert, it wasn't until the 1960s or 70s that the tiramisu appeared in restaurants and cookbooks.
With layers of coffee-soaked ladyfingers, a rectangular sponge cake biscuit, airy layers of egg, cream, and mascarpone, and that light dusting of cocoa, it's understandable that making a martini is a quicker answer to itching a tiramisu craving than whipping up a whole dessert. The kicker? A loose translation of tirami su is "pull me on," but think of it more as a pick me up.
The Cheer Me Up Martini
Don't limit yourself to a tiramisu martini at dessert time. Think of this cocktail as a snack or pre-appetizer to dessert. After all, life is short so make it fun. Or maybe the tiramisu martini is simply your destiny.