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Sweet Dreams With a Rum Tiramisu Cocktail

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Last Updated on April 19, 2023 by Heather Wibbels

Shake up a chocolate and coffee-flavored Tiramisu Cocktail, inspired by the Italian dessert flavors. Like a tiramisu martini, but with rum!

Tiramisu martini cocktail made with rum, in a martini glass topped with espresso beans and cocoa powder

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Skip the meal and head straight to dessert with this chocolate dessert drink. It’s unabashedly sweet and rich. It combines all the wonderful flavors of tiramisu – coffee, chocolate, vanilla and rum/cognac  – with a cream float and a dusting of cocoa powder. Make a batch of these for any holiday gathering that includes coffee- or chocolate-lovers and you will be the crowd favorite.  

What is Tiramisu?

plated serving of Italian ladyfingers dessert

If you’ve gotten to this post you likely already know (and love) Tiramisu. It’s a decadent dessert with layers of coffee and brandy or rum soaked ladyfingers and a healthy layer of sweetened mascarpone cream. Top it all off with a generous dusting of cocoa powder and you have heaven in a dessert.

The layered flavors of coffee, chocolate, cream, sweet sponge cake and spirits combine into a perfect end to a great meal. Especially if you didn’t have to make it.

Flavors in this Tiramisu Cocktail

Tiramisu cocktail in a glass garnished with cocoa coffee beans and chocolate shavings

Like the dessert, we’ll combine some dark rum or cognac, coffee liqueur, Licor 43, Tuaca or another vanilla flavored liqueur (or vanilla infused spirit) with coffee flavors and a healthy dose of whipping cream.

While I experimented with adding mascarpone cream to the cocktail, the flavor didn’t push through all the ingredients. So I used whipping cream instead.

If you find the cocktail too sweet, add some additional chocolate bitters or coffee bitters if you have them. Even a touch of an amaro like Foro or Averna would add lovely bitter notes to this gem of a cocktail.

You could also transform the drink into a tiramisu martini! Simply use crème de cacao and coffee liqueurs, then substitute vodka for rum.

How to Make the Dessert Cocktail

chocolate and coffee liqueur cocktail in a martini glass.

Make this sweet tiramisu drink when you need a cocktail in place of dessert, or to impress family and friends after a beautiful meal.

Because it’s made with cream, it would be easy to batch for a holiday party, too.

Head to How to Batch a Cocktail for a Party for an easy method to turn this recipe into a batch for 8 or more!

  1. Start by preparing the cream for the top the cocktail.

Add the whipping cream to a shaking tin or small mason jar and add amaretto if using. This will give the cocktail a slight aroma of almonds. Shake in the jar until thickened, but still pourable. Put in the fridge to chill while you make the cocktail.

  1. Measure and pour the ingredients.

To put this together, we’ll add the rum or cognac to a mixing glass. For a tiramisu martini, use vodka. Pour in the coffee liqueur, vanilla liqueur, crème de cacao and bitters.

  1. Fill the glass with ice and stir.

Just 30 seconds or so should do it – enough to give chill the drink.

  1. Strain into a chilled martini glass.
  1. Garnish the tiramisu cocktail.

Float the chilled cream on top of the cocktail and add a dash of cocoa powder.

Sip and enjoy!

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Tiramisu Cocktail

Picture of Heather Wibbels, Cocktail Contessa, pouring a cocktailHeather Wibbels
Shake up a chocolate and coffee-flavored Tiramisu Cocktail, inspired by the Italian dessert flavors. Like a tiramisu martini, but with rum!
5 from 1 vote
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine Dessert Cocktail
Servings 1

Ingredients
  

  • 1 oz dark rum or cognac
  • 1 oz coffee liqueur
  • ½ oz Licor 43 vanilla liqueur
  • ½ oz crème de cacao
  • 2 dashes chocolate bitters
  • 2 oz whipping cream
  • dash of Amaretto optional
  • Garnish: cocoa powder

Instructions
 

  • Shake the whipping cream with the dash of amaretto until slightly thickened. It should be still be pourable. Set in the fridge.
  • Add rum, coffee liqueur, Licor 43, crème de cacao and bitters to a mixing glass.
  • Add ice and stir for 30 seconds.
  • Strain into a chilled martini glass.
  • Float 1-1.5 oz of the cream on the top of the cocktail and add a dash of cocoa powder.
Keyword almond, bourbon cream, chocolate, coffee, tiramisu
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By on December 3rd, 2021
Picture of Heather Wibbels, Cocktail Contessa, pouring a cocktail

About Heather Wibbels

Heather Wibbels is a whiskey and cocktail author (Executive Bourbon Steward, no less) with a passion for cocktails. She loves researching and designing cocktails, drinking cocktails, and teaching cocktails. Mostly whiskey cocktails, given her Kentucky location.

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3 thoughts on “Sweet Dreams With a Rum Tiramisu Cocktail”

  1. So I’ve played around with this a little, the recipe is very good, and on the right track for sure.

    Right now I have
    1.25 of espresso liquor
    I split the cognac/rum into
    0.5 of dark good rum
    0.5 of contreau
    0.5 of creme de cacao
    0.5 liquor 43 (I didn’t have the vanilla so I went with 3 drop vanilla extract)

    1oz heavy cream

    Shake with tin full of ice til frosted, well frosted if you don’t want it too strong. Pour into frozen coup and garnish with cocoa powder.

    Amaretto Float on top sounds nice, but I can’t seem to get it to behave right yet.

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