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, 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!
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.
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!
- 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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