Affogato: Ice cream drowned in espresso

Try making your own

Affogato: Ice cream drowned in espresso?
Yes please! 

Dessert or beverage?
Who cares!

An Affogato is a coffee-based dessert / beverage. It usually takes the form of a scoop of vanilla gelato or ice cream topped or "drowned" with a shot of hot espresso.

Here’s our preferred recipe for this delicious taste of summer.


  • 1 pint chocolate ice cream (We used Ben & Jerry's Fairtrade Vanilla Ice Cream).
  • 8 tablespoons finely chopped bittersweet (not unsweetened) or semisweet chocolate.
  • 8 tablespoons of our freshly brewed Cliff Hanger Espresso. 
  • 8 tablespoons dark rum (Optional, but why not?).


  • Divide ice cream among 4 dessert bowls or coffee cups.
  • Spoon 2 tablespoons each of chocolate, espresso, and rum over ice cream and serve immediately.
  • Yum!


Makes 4 servings.