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How to Make a Delicious Tiramisu Martini

Updated on August 4, 2012

Recently I came back from a cruise and could not stop raving about their Tiramisu Martini. I had never had one before and it was absolutely delicious; it tasted just like Tiramisu. Someone was passing around the recipe, claiming they got it from a bartender on the cruise line, and I knew I had to try to make one for myself. After buying the missing ingredients and following the directions of the recipe, I discovered that something wasn't right; there had to be some secret they were holding back on because there was something not quite right in the taste. But after much trial and error, I came up with a pretty close copy of the Tiramisu Martini I enjoyed on the cruise.

It is adapted from Tiramisu, an Italian layered dessert of ladyfingers soaked in coffee or espresso, with marscapone cheese, liquor, and cocoa. The translation of the word Tiramisu is "pick-me-up", which is assumed to refer to the two caffeinated ingredients in the cake - the coffee and the cocoa. There are many variations of the recipe that have been modified to different desserts, such as puddings, cakes, or cupcakes. Because Tiramisu is a dessert, this drink would be a perfect after dinner drink, but of course you can drink it whenever you like. While it is not a martini per se, as martinis are traditionally gin and vermouth, it is so named because it is served in a martini glass.

If you want to dress it up a little, you can drizzle chocolate sauce on the inside of the martini glass, which is how it was served on the cruise, or you can choose to sprinkle espresso on top after you pour the concoction into the glass. Of course, using neither one is fine, too. It is up to you.

How To Drizzle Chocolate Sauce in a Martini Glass

Here is an easy way to drizzle chocolate sauce over a martini glass. First you will want to chill the glass in the freezer for about 10 to 15 minutes, as a chilled glass will hold the chocolate better. Pour some chocolate sauce into a plastic sandwich bag, close it, and squeeze it until it collects into a corner. Prick a hole into the corner with a needle to create thinner lines, or cut just the very tip on the corner with scissors to create a thicker line. Now squeeze the bag quickly over the glass in a zig-zag, swirl, or whichever pattern you choose. Keep it chilled until you are ready to pour your drink.

3.3 stars from 16 ratings of Tiramisu Martini


  • 1.5 ounces Malibu coconut rum
  • 1 ounce Irish cream liqueur
  • 0.5 ounce Frangelico
  • 0.5 ounce butterscotch schnapps
  • 0.5 ounce Kahlua
  • 0.5 ounce amaretto
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • chocolate sauce (optional)
  • espresso grounds (optiional)


  1. Drizzle chocolate sauce in a chilled martini glass in whichever pattern you choose. Keep chilled until ready to pour. (optional)
  2. In a shaker filled with ice, add the rum, Irish cream, Frangelico, butterscotch schnapps, Kahlua, amaretto, and vanilla. Shake until mixed and pour into martini glass.
  3. Sprinkle espresso grounds on top (optional).
  4. Enjoy and drink responsibly!


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      Chris 4 years ago

      We also had a Tiramisu on a Carnival Cruise recently. Once home we Googled it and a billion different ingredient drinks came up. Yours is the best (and closest.) Next round were going to 1/2 the Amaretto amount and leave out the Vanilla. If that isn't closer we'll keep trying. That should be

      Thank you for taking the time to post this recipe.

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      Jo 5 years ago

      I too recently came back from a Curise and was looking for this drink ! This is much better than the one on the Curise! Thank you very much!

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      Mona 5 years ago

      Just got back from a cruise and experienced this forgot the cherry on a "stick"...............fab !!!!

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      Hillary 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      OMG this is decadent. I could get seriously sloshed on this one. You must have had a divine cruise. (I'm jealous!)

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      Gerg 5 years ago from California

      This sounds ... and looks incredible! Thanks for sharing, stacey ~

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      staceyh 5 years ago from Texas

      Thanks for stopping by, Crystal! Yes, it is addicting. You really can't drink just one!

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      Crystal Tatum 5 years ago from Georgia

      Chocolate and alcohol - no doubt this is an addictive drink!