Tiramisu Espresso Martini

Posted on: December 23, 2022. Updated on: July 1, 2023.

by Carolina Gelen

In this cocktail-meets-dessert recipe we’re leveling up your favorite espresso martini with a sweet, luscious mascarpone foam on top. This drink tastes like tiramisu in a cup, so if you don’t have time to whip up a dessert for your next gathering, this recipe will do the job for you since it comes together so easily.

  1. For the topping, combine the 2 egg yolks and 1/4 cup (50 g) of sugar in a mixing bowl. Whisk the egg yolks and sugar until the mixture goes from a deep, rich yellow to a light pale yellow, or until light and fluffy.
    – if you aren’t able to consume raw eggs, use pasteurized eggs or cook the yolks and sugar over a bain-marie until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture feels warm to the touch, then set aside to cool.
  2. Add 4 oz (113 g) of mascarpone cheese to the egg yolk mixture and vigorously whisk until incorporated. Once smooth, mix in 1/3 cup (85 g) of heavy cream. No need to whip the cream, simply mix until incorporated. You’re looking for a pourable consistency. If the mixture needs more cream to reach that consistency, add more as needed.
  3. To make the martini, combine the coffee liqueur, vodka and freshly brewed espresso in a cocktail shaker. Add ice, pop the lid on and shake until the cocktail shaker feels cold to the touch.
  4. Pour the martini in a serving glass, top with a couple of dollops of the mascarpone mixture, gently sift cocoa powder on top and garnish with 3 whole coffee beans. Serve right away.

Tiramisu Espresso Martini

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Servings: 6
Prep: 15min
Total: 15min

Ingredients

Espresso Martini (serves 1)

  • 1 oz (30 ml) coffee liqueur
  • 1 oz (30 ml) vodka
  • 1 oz (30 ml) freshly brewed espresso
  • 3 whole coffee beans, for garnishing
  • Ice cubes

Mascarpone Topping (serves 6)

  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup (50 g) granulated sugar
  • 4 oz (113 g) mascarpone cheese
  • 1/3 cup (85 g) heavy cream, plus more as needed
  • Cocoa powder for dusting

Instructions

  1. For the topping, combine the 2 egg yolks and 1/4 cup (50 g) of sugar in a mixing bowl. Whisk the egg yolks and sugar until the mixture goes from a deep, rich yellow to a light pale yellow, or until light and fluffy.
    – if you aren’t able to consume raw eggs, use pasteurized eggs or cook the yolks and sugar over a bain-marie until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture feels warm to the touch, then set aside to cool.
  2. Add 4 oz (113 g) of mascarpone cheese to the egg yolk mixture and vigorously whisk until incorporated. Once smooth, mix in 1/3 cup (85 g) of heavy cream. No need to whip the cream, simply mix until incorporated. You’re looking for a pourable consistency. If the mixture needs more cream to reach that consistency, add more as needed.
  3. To make the martini, combine the coffee liqueur, vodka and freshly brewed espresso in a cocktail shaker. Add ice, pop the lid on and shake until the cocktail shaker feels cold to the touch.
  4. Pour the martini in a serving glass, top with a couple of dollops of the mascarpone mixture, gently sift cocoa powder on top and garnish with 3 whole coffee beans. Serve right away.

Carolina Gelen

I speak 5 languages, but my favorite way to communicate is through the universal language of food. I translate food to be more approachable and accessible for the everyday cook. I didn't grow up with a lot, so I’ve always loved thrifting and finding a good sale. That also shapes my approach to cooking: I try to make most of my recipes as affordable as possible, and that is what my SCRAPS newsletter is about. Every two weeks I will send an exclusive recipe to your inbox. Subscribe to get full access to the newsletter and website.

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11 thoughts on "Tiramisu Espresso Martini"

  1. Jess says:

    Did you use frangelicos? Or what coffe liquor can you recommend?

    1. Carolina says:

      Hi Jess,

      You can use frangelicos or whatever brand you like.

      1. Joanna Martin says:

        Frángelico is a hazelnut liqueur not coffee. Go with Kahula

    2. Mica says:

      Kahlua works well too!

  2. Elisha Pettit says:

    Amazing recipe! Soo delicious! I made it on Christmas Eve while prepping food for the next day and it was a perfect cocktail for the evening! Unfortunately, mascarpone was sold out at my local grocery store but I subbed English double cream and it worked perfectly and turned out amazing! I will love to make this again for guests!

  3. Thais R. says:

    Hi! Can I use gin instead of vodka?

    1. Carolina says:

      absolutely! I am a big fan of gin.

  4. Cara says:

    Hello – i’m making this tonight from your tiktok but I don’t see the actual recipe on this site right now. Can you please share?

    Thanks!

  5. Sherrie says:

    Can the marscapone topping be made in advance and kept in the refrigerator ? Would love to make this for post thanksgiving dinner !

    1. Carolina Gelen says:

      Hi Sherrie,

      Absolutely you can store the marscapone in the fridge and make it a day ahead. You make also make a large batch of espresso martinis and serve them to your guests the next day.

      Best,
      Carolina