Affogato Espresso Recipe

Affogato recipe

There’s nothing quite like the first time I tasted an Affogato. Sitting in a quaint Italian cafe, the rich aroma of espresso wafting through the air, I was instantly captivated by this simple yet divine dessert. Combining the bold flavor of espresso with the creamy sweetness of ice cream, the Affogato is the perfect marriage of two of my favorite things. As a passionate home cook, I knew I had to perfect this recipe and share my journey with you all. Besides, you can also try these Cuisinart Ice cream recipes, or Ninja Creami Ice Cream recipes, for a different flavor.

Why Should You Try Affogato?

The Affogato offers a refreshing balance of flavors and textures, making it the perfect dessert for any occasion. The recipe is incredibly easy to prepare and requires minimal ingredients, making it a go-to for last-minute gatherings or solo indulgences. Moreover, the versatility of this dessert allows for countless variations, catering to different tastes and dietary preferences.

Recipe Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of your favorite ice cream or gelato
  • 4 shots of freshly brewed espresso (or 1 cup of strong brewed coffee)

Ingredient Notes:

Vanilla Ice Cream
  1. Ice Cream/Gelato: I recommend using a high-quality, rich vanilla ice cream or gelato for the classic Affogato experience. However, feel free to experiment with different flavors such as chocolate, caramel, or even fruit-based options for a unique twist. For those with dietary restrictions, you can substitute with dairy-free, sugar-free, or vegan ice cream alternatives.
  2. Espresso: Freshly brewed espresso is crucial for the authentic taste of an Affogato. If you don’t own an espresso machine, a Moka pot or a strong brewed coffee using a French press will also work.

Tips to Make This Recipe:

  1. Brew your espresso just before serving to maintain the perfect temperature and aroma.
  2. Chill your serving glasses in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes before assembly to prevent the ice cream from melting too quickly.
  3. Experiment with different toppings such as crushed nuts, chocolate shavings, or a drizzle of caramel or chocolate sauce for added texture and flavor.

How to Make This Recipe:

Preparing Affogato
  1. Brew the Espresso:
    • Using an espresso machine, Moka pot, or French press, brew the espresso or strong coffee according to your preferred method.
  2. Prepare the Ice Cream:
    • Scoop 1/2 cup of ice cream or gelato into each chilled serving glass.
  3. Assemble the Affogato:
    • Pour one shot of hot espresso (or 1/4 cup of strong coffee) over the ice cream in each glass.
    • Serve immediately with a spoon and enjoy!

How to Serve: The Affogato is best served immediately after assembly to enjoy the contrast of hot espresso and cold ice cream. Consider offering additional toppings like crushed nuts, biscotti, or a selection of sauces for guests to customize their Affogato.

Storage and Freezing Instructions: The Affogato should be enjoyed immediately and is not suitable for storage or freezing.

Alternative Recipes:

  1. Dairy-Free Affogato: Substitute traditional ice cream with a dairy-free or vegan alternative, and use a plant-based milk like almond or oat milk to create a dairy-free espresso.
  2. Boozy Affogato: Add a splash of your favorite liqueur, such as Amaretto, Frangelico, or Kahlúa, to the espresso before pouring it over the ice cream. Also check out these boozy cupcake recipes.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can I use regular coffee instead of espresso?

Yes, you can use a strong brewed coffee as a substitute for espresso, but the flavor will be slightly different.

What are some other ice cream flavors that work well with Affogato?

Some popular options include chocolate, hazelnut, caramel, coffee, and even fruit-based sorbets for a tangy twist.

Can I make this recipe ahead of time for a party?

Unfortunately, the Affogato should be prepared and served immediately to maintain the ideal temperature and texture contrast. However, you can pre-scoop the ice cream into serving glasses and store them in the freezer until needed. Brew the espresso just before serving.

Affogato recipe

Affogato Espresso Recipe

Adalynn Ward
The Affogato espresso offers a refreshing balance of flavors and textures, making it the perfect dessert for any occasion
5 from 13 votes
Prep Time 2 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes
Course Dessert
Servings 4 persons


  • 2 cup your favorite ice cream or gelato
  • 4 shots  freshly brewed espresso) or 1 cup of strong brewed coffee

How to Make?

  • Brew espresso or strong coffee.
  • Scoop ice cream or gelato into chilled serving glasses.
  • Pour hot espresso over ice cream and serve immediately.


Serving: 1cupCalories: 59kcalCarbohydrates: 7.2gProtein: 1gFat: 2.9gSaturated Fat: 1.8gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 28mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 5.6gCalcium: 33mg
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