Affogato Recipe

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What is an Affogato?

An affogato is a delightful Italian dessert that combines two beloved elements: gelato (or ice cream) and espresso. The word "affogato" translates to "drowned" in Italian, which aptly describes the preparation process. To make an affogato, a scoop of creamy gelato or ice cream is placed in a serving glass or cup, and a shot of hot espresso is poured over it. The hot espresso "drowns" the cold dessert, creating a delectable combination of contrasting temperatures and flavors.

How to make an Affogato


  • 1 scoop of your favorite gelato or ice cream (traditionally vanilla is used, but feel free to experiment with other flavors)
  • 1 shot of freshly brewed espresso (approximately 1 to 1.5 ounces)


  1. Prepare a shot of hot espresso using an espresso machine or stovetop espresso maker.
  2. Place a scoop of gelato or ice cream in a serving glass or cup. You can use a traditional affogato glass or a small dessert bowl.
  3. Immediately pour the hot espresso over the gelato, ensuring it covers the ice cream completely.
  4. Enjoy the affogato promptly while the contrast between the hot espresso and cold gelato is at its best.

The affogato is a simple yet indulgent treat that beautifully balances the bitterness of the espresso with the sweetness and creaminess of the gelato. It's a perfect ending to a meal or a delightful pick-me-up when you crave a combination of coffee and dessert.