It was probably the most perfect evening in Italy, it’s stucco walls bathed in a golden glow; when Tiramisu was invented. The greatest gift to the world of dessert. An ode to coffee and everything sweet. My love for Tiramisu knows no bounds. I have dabbled in everything from classic dessert to gingerbread versions. From parfaits and ice creams to tea-soaked versions. But today, I have something even more exciting. A cocktail of Tiramisu proportions. A Tiramisu Martini that takes roughly about 5 minutes to make and will become the delicious farewell to wrap up your dinner parties.
A great Tiramisu cocktail demands an excellent coffee. In fact, the idea for a Tiramisu Martini was sparked after tasting the malty cereal notes of Nespresso’s new limited-edition Master Origin Costa Rica. A beautiful new coffee made from a small selection of Costa Rican grown Arabica beans handpicked and soaked in rainforest hot spring waters high up in the mountains.
Nespresso’s Master Origin is a permanent range of seven single origin coffees created via a sustainable partnership with local coffee producers from different parts of the world, including Indonesia, Colombia, Ethiopia, Nicaragua, Mexico and India. The limited-edition Master Origin Costa Rica is a worthy addition to this range and embodies the regions lush rainforests, volcanoes and sugar cane lined fields. The taste is full-bodied and clean, the notes are sweet and malty. And therefore, it benefits from being used in a drink that has creaminess from coconut milk and a touch of sweetness and spice from the liqueur.
I did not want to use a pre-mixed liqueur for this Tiramisu Martini. I wanted to create a simple structure that was easy to mix from a few readily available ingredients while shining the light brightly on the coffee. Lucky for me, I must’ve made Tiramisu a few dozen times. So, the flavours came easy and this Tiramisu Martini evolved into one of the most delicious cocktails I have ever tasted. Like drinking liquid Tiramisu. The use of Marsala (sweet syrupy wine from Italy) is key to the Tiramisu flavour. If you can’t find, please refer to the notes for substitutions. My notes also provide substitutions for non-alcoholic versions.
I hope you enjoy this beautiful Tiramisu Martini. The new Master Origin Costa Rica is available now for a limited period from Nespresso Boutiques across Australia or online HERE. Show me your Tiramisu Martinis by tagging me on Instagram with @cookrepublic #cookrepublic.
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- 25 ml Nespresso Limited Edition Master Origin Costa Rica capsule extracted as a Ristretto
- 30 ml white rum
- 20 ml marsala wine
- 30 ml light coconut milk
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- pinch of salt
- cup of ice
- cocoa powder and Savoiardi biscuit, to serve
- Place ice cubes in a cocktail shaker. Add coffee, rum, marsala, coconut milk, vanilla and salt.
- Shake for a minute or two until combined.
- Strain into a 235ml coupe glass. Dust with cocoa powder. Serve with a Savoiardi biscuit.
- Rum can be substituted by vodka.
- Make a Non-Alcoholic version by substituting the rum for orange juice and marsala for maple syrup.
Disclaimer – This post is sponsored by Nespresso. I have been a daily (3 cups!) Nespresso coffee drinker for 8 years. I love their coffee and often create sweet and savoury recipes with it. All musings and opinion are my own.