Limoncello Tiramisu: A Refreshing Twist on a Classic Italian Dessert

Limoncello Tiramisu is a delightful variation of the traditional Italian Tiramisu, infused with the vibrant flavors of lemon liqueur, making it a perfect dessert for those who love a refreshing citrusy twist. This dessert combines layers of ladyfingers soaked in Limoncello, creamy mascarpone cheese, and a dusting of lemon zest. Here’s how to create this zesty treat.


For the Tiramisu:

  • 1 cup mascarpone cheese
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup Limoncello liqueur
  • Zest of 2 lemons
  • 1 package of ladyfingers (about 24)
  • Lemon slices and lemon zest for garnish (optional)

For the Espresso Syrup:

  • 1/2 cup strong brewed coffee, cooled
  • 1/4 cup Limoncello liqueur
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar


1. Prepare the Espresso Syrup:

  • In a small bowl, combine the cooled brewed coffee, Limoncello liqueur, and granulated sugar.
  • Stir until the sugar is dissolved.
  • Set aside.

2. Whip the Mascarpone Mixture:

  • In a mixing bowl, combine the mascarpone cheese, heavy cream, granulated sugar, and egg yolks.
  • Use an electric mixer to beat the mixture until it becomes thick and creamy. This may take a few minutes.
  • Fold in the Limoncello liqueur and lemon zest until well combined.

3. Assemble the Tiramisu:

  • Quickly dip each ladyfinger into the prepared espresso syrup mixture. Be careful not to soak them too long; a quick dip is enough to moisten them without making them soggy.
  • Arrange a layer of dipped ladyfingers in the bottom of a serving dish or individual dessert cups.

4. Layer the Mascarpone Mixture:

  • Spoon half of the mascarpone mixture over the ladyfingers, spreading it evenly.

5. Repeat the Layers:

  • Add another layer of dipped ladyfingers on top of the mascarpone mixture.
  • Finish with the remaining mascarpone mixture, spreading it evenly.

6. Chill:

  • Cover the Tiramisu and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or overnight, to allow the flavors to meld and the dessert to set.

7. Garnish and Serve:

  • Before serving, garnish the Limoncello Tiramisu with lemon slices and a sprinkle of lemon zest for a fresh and zesty touch.

8. Enjoy:

  • Serve chilled and savor the bright and tangy flavors of this delightful Limoncello Tiramisu.

Limoncello Tiramisu is an ideal dessert for those who appreciate the zesty and refreshing flavors of lemon liqueur. It’s a refreshing take on a traditional Italian dessert that will leave your taste buds tingling with citrusy goodness. This Limoncello Tiramisu is sure to please, whether served on a warm summer evening or as a sweet ending to a special meal.