Desserts/ Recipe

Bourbon-Soaked Cherries Tiramisu

Happy Monday my darlings!
Grated Chocolate and Marscapone
Have you ever over-dosed on caffeine? It sucks. It sucks real hard and real bad and not at all in a good way.
Yesterday I had a french press of Timmy’s coffee when I got up, 2 tea pots of green tea at brunch and then a London Fog afterwards at a business meeting.
I’m not entirely sure what I was thinking.
bourbon soaked cherries and lady fingers
I’m ordinarily a tea kinda girl. I have a couple cups of green tea in the morning and I feel pretty good. When I go camping, I like coffee. But that’s because I put half a bottle of bailey’s in it. 
But yesterday I just inhaled the stuff. Not the baileys. The coffee. And the tea. And all the caffeine that came with it.
Cherries Garnish
Let me just say – too much caffeine = a whole lot of shaking. From the inside out. Nausea. Heart pounding. Spacey brain drain. Aching, dry eyes. Dry skin. Awful, awful dehydration. I felt like I had the worst hangover ever combined with a second degree sunburn. 
Blech. Never again. Never. Again.
Something I will do again? Make bourbon-soaked cherry tiramisu. And then eat it all.
Tiramisu Collage
Seriously – this is was one of the sexiest things I’ve ever made. Nay, one of the sexiest things I’ve ever put in my mouth. Ever. 
If you like tiramisu (coffee, booze, cake, cheese, cream) – who wouldn’t? …you’re gonna just die with bourbony-cherries tucked inside.
I’m  pretty sure I literally orgasmed over this dessert. Literally. Whoever said food wasn’t as good as sex obviously hadn’t had this… Or has had really, really good sex.
cherries tiramisu
Special thanks to my Secret Recipe Club assignment, Canela Kitchen, for making it first. Her cherries weren’t boozy, but they were the only ones I had access to. Cherries don’t come into season for a couple more months and I happened to find one last extra jar of these ones in the back of my pantry. Score. I also soaked my biscuits more than she did so I doubled the coffee. And as an effect, doubled the booze. Obviously.
…Just don’t eat it after you’ve drank a carafe of timmy’s, 2 pots of tea and a London Fog.

Cherries Tiramisu

Yield 4 servings


  • 2 C Cold, Strong Coffee.
  • 6 Tbsp Orange Liquor (I had Triple Sec).
  • 2 Tbsp Kahlua.
  • 400g Lady Finger Biscuits.
  • 250g Marscapone.
  • 300ml Whipped Cream.
  • 3 Tbsp of Sugar.
  • Large Handful or two of Bourbon Soaked Cherries (you could use fresh), pitted and roughly torn.
  • 4 Tbsp of Good Quality Dark Chocolate, grated.


  1. Get 4 to 6 clear glass cups (depending on size) out of the cupboard, or one medium sized baking dish.
  2. Put the coffee and booze in a bowl. In a larger bowl, whip together the marscapone, whipped cream and sugar.
  3. Now, dip the lady fingers, one at a time in the coffee/alcohol mixture for about 3-5 seconds each, and lay in the bottom of each cup (or along the bottom of the baking dish).
  4. Spread half the cheese/cream concoction over the soaked fingers and top with the cherries, reserving one for the garnish of each serving of tiramisu.
  5. Repeat the dipping of lady fingers, followed by the cheese/cream and top with grated chocolate and cherry garnish.
  6. Cover with clingfilm and refrigerate for 3 - 24 hours.
  7. Eat.


Adapted fromย Canela Kitchen



  • SeattleDee
    April 22, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    Eat dessert first – and this is definitely the dish to start with! OMG this sounds heavenly, decadent but heavenly.
    Visiting from Group B.

    • Kristy Gardner
      April 22, 2013 at 3:47 PM

      Absolutely!! This dessert is not for the faint of calorie. but so. good. Definitely a first course kinda dish!

  • Denise Browning@From Brazil To You
    April 22, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    This tiramisu looks beyond delicious…I love the cherries in it.

    • Kristy Gardner
      April 22, 2013 at 3:47 PM

      Thank you Denise! I love cherries in anything.

  • Jen @JuanitasCocina
    April 22, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    This DOES look sexy! OMG!

  • A Couple in the Kitchen
    April 22, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    Super sexy! Bookmarked for next date-night-dinner-in! Feel better!

    • Kristy Gardner
      April 22, 2013 at 9:43 PM

      Oooh!!! Let me know how it works out for you!!

  • Gloria Baker
    April 22, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    oh dear this is one my favorites dessert and you make georgeous and thge pictures are awesome:))
    Love it!

  • Gloria Baker
    April 22, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    I think your cherries look perfect and I think some food is sexy too!

    • Kristy Gardner
      April 22, 2013 at 9:44 PM

      haha – glad that we agree! We should have a “sexy food” link up!

  • Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets
    April 22, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    Wow, better than sex. Now this I’ve got to try.

    • Kristy Gardner
      April 23, 2013 at 1:17 PM

      You got that right, sister!

  • Veronica Gantley
    April 22, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    I love drunk cherries! What a great recipe and looks super tasty. Glad to be part of SRC group C with you!

    • Kristy Gardner
      April 23, 2013 at 1:18 PM

      Drunk ANYTHING is usually good Veronica. Much more fun ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Debra Eliotseats
    April 23, 2013 at 12:24 AM

    I have some dark sweet cherries in the freezer. (Caffeine OD is no fun…I think I could OD on this though)!

    • Kristy Gardner
      April 23, 2013 at 1:18 PM

      hahaha – I hope you make it Debra!

  • Chelsy Ethridge
    April 23, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    Sooooo creative! Must try!

  • Lisa {Authentic Suburban Gourmet }
    April 23, 2013 at 2:51 AM

    Your dish looks and sounds incredibly tasty. Glad to be part of SRC group C with you!

    • Kristy Gardner
      April 23, 2013 at 1:19 PM

      Me too Lisa! …glad to be part of SRC group C with you. Not tasty. haha.

  • Trisha
    April 23, 2013 at 2:56 AM

    Sexy dessert indeed. Looks really yum! Stopping by from Group A!

    I’m hosting a giveaway on my blog and would love for you to be a part of it –

    • Kristy Gardner
      April 23, 2013 at 1:19 PM

      Thanks for the invite Trisha! I’ll swing by!

  • Karen - Cinnamon Freud
    April 23, 2013 at 3:19 AM

    Yum, looks so decadent and wonderful!

  • Deanna - Teaspoon of Spice
    April 23, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    You have taken tiramisu to a whole new level with this amazing little dish – wowza! Will make sure I only consume w. no other caffeine ๐Ÿ™‚

  • April @ The 21st Century Housewife
    April 23, 2013 at 9:24 PM

    Your Bourbon Soaked Cherries Tiramisu looks gorgeous, and it sounds so delicious.This seriously is the nicest looking tiramisu I have ever seen!

    In answer to your question, yes, I have overdosed on caffeine. (It was one day not long after my son was born.) But never on anything else – unless the odd hangover counts ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Kristy Gardner
      April 24, 2013 at 3:34 PM

      aw shucks! Thanks April!!

      …and yes, hangovers definitely count.

  • Lavender and Lime (
    April 25, 2013 at 5:21 AM

    I am so sure that the cherries made this dish! And I do not get out of bed without coffee in me first ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Kristy Gardner
      April 28, 2013 at 11:22 AM

      HAHA – how do you get someone to bring it to you every morning??

  • Miz Helen
    April 28, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    Your recipe is fabulous and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you had a great weekend and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  • Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe
    April 29, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    Daaaammmmnnnnn, that looks decadent. I lurve cherries. Pair ’em up with chocolate and bourbon and I’m SOLD. Plus, I could use a good orgasm. TMI?

    • Kristy Gardner
      May 6, 2013 at 12:25 PM

      i lurve you!! xo!

      ….there is no such thing called TMI between friends, my dear.

  • Jennifer Hughes
    May 3, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    I’d like to invite you to my Friday Flash Blog, where you can share your best blog entry of the week! The party goes on ALL weekend at And who knows, you may just get featured next week.


    • Kristy Gardner
      May 6, 2013 at 12:26 PM

      Miss Jennifer! Thank you for sharing your party with me – I’ll make a swing over!