Italian Affogato Recipe (+Tips & Hacks✔)

Easiest Affogato Recipe at home | Why is it Called Affogato? | +optional ingredients

How to make a delicious Affogato at home?

All coffee lovers relate to the feeling during hot summer days when you’re craving a hot cup of coffee but also want to enjoy some ice cream. Well, Italians have got the answer to that, Affogato!

Affogato is an Italian style Coffee-based desert, and a tasty alternative for coffee and ice cream lovers. It is originally a combination of vanilla and a shot of espresso. However, you can see the varieties of affogato at cafes.

It is also worth mentioning that “Affogato” in Italian means “drowned”. Which is a great expression since it is vanilla ice cream drowned in a shot of espresso.

Is affogato a beverage or a dessert?

In the restaurants and cafes of Italy, the origin of Affogato is categorized as a dessert. however, on the other hand, in many other countries, it is categorized as a beverage. Whether you treat it as a drink or a dessert, it is one of the most delicious combinations of espresso and vanilla ice cream.

italian affogato recipe

The recipe of Affogato

As mentioned above, there are many alternatives for Affogato and you can pick the flavor of ice cream or the type of coffee as wished. But, in order to stick to the classic Italian style affogato, here is the simplest and easiest recipe of the Affogato:


it has the simplest ingredients:

  • A shot of espresso (for picking the best, check out “best espresso beans”)
  • One scoop of high-quality vanilla ice cream


  1. Make a shot of espresso. (Right before serving)
  2. Put one scoop of vanilla ice cream in a dessert glass or a big cup. (make sure the ice cream is very cold).
  3. Pour the shot of espresso over the ice cream.
  4. Enjoy!
Tip: let your espresso cool down a bit so that the ice cream will not melt too quickly.
It is also worth mentioning that in Italy, it is usually served with a shot of liqueur. So, if you happen to feel the taste of alcohol in your affogato around Europe, do not be surprised!


In order to give yourself a treat, especially if you have a sweet tooth, you can put a piece of chocolate in the cup before adding ice cream, so that it will melt with the ice cream and leave a mouthful of joy at the end.

Also, some people like to add some toppings to make it look more charming and taste even better. You can use chocolate chips or sliced almonds and other nuts. Plus, you can use homemade syrups such as caramel sauce.

How it is served

Generally, Affogato is served in clear glass (in order to enjoy the view of ice cream melting with the hit of espresso). The most usual style is to have the ice cream in the glass and have the shot of espresso in another cup. But if you don’t want to bother so much, you can just put all the ingredients in a single glass.

Affogato nutrients per serving

An average cup of affogato includes:

  • Kcal: 107
  • Fat: 6g
  • Saturates: 4g
  • Carbs: 11g
  • Sugars: 11g
  • Fibre: 0g
  • Protein: 2g
  • salt: 0.1g

What are the alternatives?

Even though espresso is the main ingredient of affogato, you can have other replacements such as a shot of amaretto, Bicerin, Kahlua. As other replacements for ice cream, you can use a scoop of gelato or other flavors of ice cream such as chocolate, coconut, or hazelnut.

overall, how is the taste of affogato?

As you can understand from the ingredients of this unique desert (or beverage!), it is a combination of bittersweet flavors. And, that is the reason why it is so special. Most coffee lovers enjoy the coffee based taste of it. However, you can adjust the sweetness with your ice cream or other topping preferences.

To conclude, it is really worth it to take 5 minutes of a day and make a perfect dessert and have a unique experience with very simple ingredients.

Do you like Affogato? Share your tips in making Affogato with us in the comments!


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