Affogato (Italian Espresso - no alcohol version)

Vickie Parks


I've seen many versions of this recipe, but this version is my favorite. It's pretty simple to make and can be adapted to include Kahlua, Amaretto or Frangelico. 'Affogato' is the Italian word for 'drowned' (in this case, a delightful recipe in which gelato/ice cream is drowned in freshly brewed espresso and slowly melts to create a creamy dessert drink).


★★★★★ 2 votes

10 Min
No-Cook or Other


  • 1/2 c
    boiling water
  • 1 Tbsp
    espresso powder
  • 1 pt
    chocolate gelato or chocolate ice cream (coffee flavored ice cream is good, too)
  • 1/3 c
    whipped cream
  • 1 Tbsp
    shaved dark chocolate

How to Make Affogato (Italian Espresso - no alcohol version)


  1. Whisk the boiling water and espresso powder in a 1 cup glass measuring cup until the powder is dissolved, or use an espresso machine to make 4 shots of espresso.
  2. Scoop 1/2 cup of the gelato (or ice cream) into each of 4 Irish coffee mugs.
  3. Pour 2 tablespoons (1 shot) of freshly brewed espresso over each gelato serving. Top each with a dollop of whipped cream, and sprinkle chocolate shavings over the whipped cream. Serve immediately.

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About Affogato (Italian Espresso - no alcohol version)

Main Ingredient: Coffee/Tea/Beverage
Regional Style: Italian
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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