Italian Affogato Recipe


Italian Affogato is a traditional Italian espresso-based dessert that you will find on menus of most Italian restaurants, as well as cafes serving coffee drinks.  You can easily make this coffee dessert at home with your favorite coffee and ice cream or gelato.

Affogato means “drowned” in Italian or “drowned in coffee.”  This is a beverage of perfect, preferably smooth ice cream, drowning in a cup of espresso – like a decadent coffee float!


Italian Affogato



Italian Affogato - Affogato al Caffe Recipe:
Prep Time
15 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Affogato al Caffe Recipe, Italian Affogato Recipe
Servings: 1 serving
Per Person:
  • 1 scoop vanilla ice cream or gelato (good-quality)*
  • 1 shot (1 1/2 ounces) espresso,  freshly-brewed and hot or 1/3 cup strongly-brewed coffee
  1. Brew the coffee according to the preparation and strength of your desire.

  2. In a small dessert glass or coffee cup, scoop the ice cream or gelato. Pour the hot prepared coffee or espresso over the top of the ice cream. 

  3. Serve immediately - serve while warm and melting.  No need to stir, but you can serve it with a spoon if you'd like.  The ice cream will melt right into the coffee so it is good either way.

Optional Variations:
  1. Add 1 shot of whiskey, scotch, or your favorite liqueur.

  2. Add a dollop of whipped cream.

  3. Makes 1 serving.

Recipe Notes

* You could substitute any flavor of coffee you would like.  Chocolate and coffee-flavored ice creams also taste great!


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