Want coffee and dessert, all in one? Try this delightful mix of coffee and gelato!
While we are totally passionate about cocktails, we are also very passionate about coffee! Our favorite way to start the morning and chase away the cobwebs is to start the day with a strong cup of coffee. We love rich strong coffee, such as espresso, but we also like to add in a splash of cream and sugar. Coffee just isn’t just for mornings though, as a cup of strong coffee after dinner is a traditional way to cap a big meal, and if you are like us, you also find a way to combine it with dessert!
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Affogato is an Italian way to enjoy gelato or ice cream and coffee in one place. Meaning “drowned” in Italian, affogato is traditionally a scoop of vanilla or chocolate gelato drowned in freshly brewed espresso or coffee. The combination of the sweet creamy gelato mixes with the bitterness of the coffee to create a rich and creamy beverage. If you want another way to close out a meal, try our Toasted Cream Irish Coffee!
How Do You Eat Affogato?
Usually made in a shallow bowl, topped with Espresso.
How Do You Make Affogato?
Usually we pair every scoop of ice cream or gelato with at least 1 oz of hot espresso. Chill the glass or bowl before hand and then add the cold ice cream or gelato then add the hot espresso. You can also add alcohol if so desired.
This can be done with any combination of things – such as Lemon Sorbetto topped with grappa in the summer, or peppermint ice cream topped with hot cocoa if you don’t care for coffee. Make it your own!
Like this recipe? Try these below, too!
Other Affogato Recipes
Affogato – Food Network
Spiced Coffee Affogato – Bon Appetit
Low Carb Affogato – Tasteaholics
Affogato – Bunny’s Warm Oven
Boozy Affogato – CaliGirl Cooking
Other Coffee Desserts
Layered Coffee Panna Cotta – Sugar Hero
No Bake Mocha Mud Pie – Crazy for Crust
Chocolate Coffee Whiskey Cake – Platter Talk
Boozy Irish Coffee Milkshakes – The Sweetest Occasion
White Russian Cheesecake Bars – Baking a Moment
- 1/2 cup ice cream or gelato (we used dark chocolate gelato)
- 3 oz hot, freshly brewed espresso
- 1 oz dark rum, port, amaretto or whiskey (optional)
- Place ice cream in a dessert bowl or coffee cup.
- Spoon espresso and rum, if desired, over to top of each.
- Serve immediately.
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