Okay. Okay. I know I’ve been gushing about my recent cruise, but it was so magical and memorable, that I just can’t stop talking about.

If you’ve never been on a cruise, it’s definitely something I hope you will get to experience at some point in your life. I was very lucky to go on this particular one with my mom. I know it might seem a bit strange for a thirty-something to go on a cruise with his mom, but my mom is one of my best friends, our trip totally rocked, and I’m super proud to admit that.

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In addition to getting to spend some quality time together, it was a relaxing week for both of us. With limited access to the outside world, it truly was a getaway. I won’t bore (i.e., tease) you with all the details, but I would be remiss not to say a few things about our Carnival cruise.

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First, the food. Incredible. Everything, from breakfast to the late night chocolates on our pillows, was fabulous. If you’re ever hungry on a cruise ship, it’s your own fault. The culinary options are practically endless. I’m pretty sure we were full 90% of the trip. Which might explain the 5+ pounds I gained. Secondly, you are constantly entertained – if you want to be. While there are plenty of quiet places around the ship where you can relax, there are also shows, musicians, magicians, a piano bar, comedians, bingo, a casino, minigolf, a water slide, dance classes, yoga,. . . the list goes on. I will also say, we had THE BEST Cruise Director, Gary. (The Cruise Director is your guide and host throughout the entire week.) I can’t tell you how many times Gary had my mom and me cracking up. Hilarious. And as if all of those activities weren’t enough, we had access to a spa and gym, three pools, countless hot tubs, and many other amenities aboard the ship.

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Among those amenities were several bars. So of course, Mom and I indulged in a few drinks. My favorite drink, hands down, was a Miami Vice – half Pina Colada, half Strawberry Daiquiri – garnished with a slice of pineapple, a cherry, and a cute umbrella. YES! It was like a mini-vacation in a glass. And while I wanted to show you how to recreate one, I realized that making one at home would a bit labor intensive. Plus, some things are better saved for a real vacation.

I did, however, bring home a cocktail recipe to share with you. The bar that Mom and I seemed to frequent the most was the Lobby Bar. We found ourselves there every evening listening to live music and having a drink before dinner. (I’d also like to give a little shout out to Indah, our favorite bartender [and person] on the ship. (Indah, If you’re reading this, I want to thank you again for treating us like family.)

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In addition to the Miami Vice, we loved the Tiramisu Martini. After my first sip, this quickly became my go-to martini for the trip. It’s a combination of so many of my favorite liquors. And, with the ingredients listed on the menu, it was a breeze for me to recreate and share with you! That’s right, I brought home a delicious souvenir for each of you. You’re welcome.

Tiramisu Martini | Inspired by Charm

You’ll notice that this martini is comprised almost entirely of alcohol. (If you think about it, most martinis are.) However, by some magical powers, when mixed together, these seven liquors barely taste like alcohol. Yeah, it’s that good. Plus, the glass has a chocolate swirl. In my book, anything with a chocolate swirl is automatically delicious.

Tiramisu Martini | Inspired by Charm

Anyway, I’ve blabbered more than enough, and you’re clearly here for a delicious cocktail. Thanks for humoring me. PLEASE try this cocktail; then book a cruise. You’ll thank me.

Tiramisu Martini

Here's what you will need:

1 oz Coconut Rum
1 oz Frangelico
1 oz Irish Cream
1 oz Amaretto
1 oz Kahlua
1/2 oz Peach Schnapps
1/2 oz Butterscotch Schnapps
Maraschino cherry
Chocolate syrup
Ice

In a martini glass, add a swirl of chocolate syrup, then garnish with a maraschino cherry. Set aside. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine all liquors. Shake vigorously. Strain into the prepared martini glass.

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This post was created as part of my collaboration with Carnival. As always, all of the opinions, thoughts, and ideas in this post are my own.

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  • Michael at

    Cookie week mixed in with recipes for pies and cakes galore?! Now a week spent 90% full of cruise line food and cocktails…and you’re still rocking out the skinny and slim fit clothes. I’m pretty sure I’d be on the Biggest Loser by now. I think I have to hate you

  • Michael at

    My emoticon didn’t show up at the end of my last post. That should have been followed by a 😛 I do t hate you 🙂

  • liz n. at

    This cocktail is definitely getting added to the drinks list for our next party!

    And I think it is absolutely wonderful that you hang out with your mom…my favorite people to go shopping with are my grown sons!

  • Debra White at

    Love that you love your Mom. That is sweet.

  • Patty at

    I’m looking forward to trying this cocktail Michael. Thanks so much for sharing! I also love the picture of you and your mom! How fun!!

  • Bee, Rasa Malaysia at

    Tiramisu Martini? OMG, absolutely brilliant Michael and I need to get on that Carnival cruise like right now!!!

  • Allie | Baking a Moment at

    What an incredible experience! Now I’m really dying to go on a cruise. Love the martini too!

  • Lokness @ The Missing Lokness at

    It looks like you had tons of fun on the cruise! I have done two cruises with my family. It is nice to get some quality time with them. And yes, the other fun thing is cocktail! The Miami Vice sounds delicious! This tiramisu martini is stunning! I wish I can get a glass now!

  • Liquor Online at

    Really loved the design of your blogs, and there are lot of pictures. Will definitely try this recipe.
    We are online liquor store in UK

  • Paula at

    just wondering …after making the tiramisu martini. Something curdled. Could it have been the bailys with the coconut rum. I loved all of the flavors and would like to mix it up and take it to a friends house but want to get it perfect. Thanks for any advice

  • JamieInWyoming at

    Oh Michael, how I love thee!! My hubby and I just got back from our “2nd Anniversary/I Kicked Cancer’s Ass” cruise on Carnival. We went to St Maarten, St Kitts, San Juan and Grand Turk. My tow favorite drinks were the Miami Vice and the Tiramisu Matini!! Iam not sure if the ship you were on had the “Cuchina De Capitano” restaurant, but they have the BEST Tiramisu I have ever tasted. And I highly recommend the Chef’s Table if you go on another cruise. All my best! JamieInWyoming

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