Coffee Ice Cream Affogato

Serves 4
Stimulate the postdinner set with this espresso-based treat that combines sweet, bitter, and booze.


  • 1 pint best-quality coffee ice cream or gelato
  • 4 ounces liqueur, such as sambuca, amaretto, or Frangelico (optional)
  • 4 demitasse cups freshly brewed espresso


1. Just before serving, scoop ice cream into four small bowls or large coffee cups. Divide liqueur among four small glasses, if using; serve liqueur and espresso alongside each bowl, and let each person pour them over the ice cream.

cook's note

Although traditional gelato is denser than ice cream and therefore melts more slowly, you can use either one for equally delicious results. If you prefer, substitute very strong brewed coffee for the espresso.
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