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  • Author: Ali
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 0 mins
  • Total Time: 5 mins
  • Yield: 1 serving 1x


This classic Italian-inspired affogato recipe is easy to make in just a few minutes with ice cream, espresso and your choice of toppings. See notes above for more flavor pairing and topping ideas!


  • 1 scoop vanilla gelato or ice cream
  • 1 to 2 shots espresso
  • 1/2 shot (1 tablespoon) liqueur, optional*
  • chocolate shavings, optional


  1. Mix. Scoop the cold ice cream into a serving bowl or cup. Pour the hot espresso directly over the ice cream, followed by liqueur, if using.
  2. Garnish and serve. Sprinkle chocolate shavings or any extra toppings you might like on top. Then serve immediately and enjoy while the ice cream is still cold!


Liqueur ideas: If you would like to add liqueur to your affogato, we would recommend either Amaretto (almond-flavored), Frangelico (hazelnut-flavored), Bailey’s Irish Cream (creamy chocolate and vanilla-flavored), Kahlúa (coffee-flavored), or Sambuca (anise-flavored). Or you could also add a half shot of either rum, cognac or brandy.