How to Make an Italian Affogato

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Affogato is a classic Italian dessert that combines two beloved treats: coffee and ice cream. The dessert is made by pouring a shot of hot espresso over a scoop of vanilla ice cream, creating a perfect balance of hot and cold, bitter and sweet.

The name “affogato” means “drowned” in Italian, referring to the way the espresso “drowns” the ice cream. The dessert is often served in a small glass or bowl and can be customized by adding a variety of toppings, such as whipped cream or chocolate shavings.

Affogato is a popular dessert in Italian cuisine and is enjoyed by coffee and ice cream lovers alike. It is a perfect way to end a meal or as an afternoon treat. The dessert has also gained popularity in other countries, with many cafes and restaurants offering their own unique versions of this classic Italian treat.

Affogato: The Perfect Combination of Coffee and Ice Cream

Italian Affogato

Recipe by The Perky KitchenDifficulty: Easy


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  • 1-2 shots of espresso or strong brewed coffee

  • 1-2 scoops of vanilla ice cream

  • Optional toppings: whipped cream, chocolate shavings, caramel sauce, nuts, etc.


  • Brew a shot or two of espresso or strong coffee using an espresso machine or coffee maker.
  • Place one or two scoops of vanilla ice cream into a small glass or bowl.
  • Pour the hot espresso or coffee over the ice cream, allowing it to melt slightly.
  • Add any desired toppings, such as whipped cream or chocolate shavings.


  • For a twist on the classic affogato, try using different flavors of ice cream or adding a shot of liqueur, such as amaretto or Bailey’s, to the espresso before pouring over the ice cream.

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