I wanted to give port another try after the delicious Pan-Seared Wild Duck Breast with Port Wine Reduction I just made, so I picked up a second bottle to make this Affogato recipe. What is Affogato? I’m glad you asked! It’s espresso poured over gelato, and many versions add a bit of liquor to the mix. Affogato translates to “drowned” as in the gelato is drowned in coffee. I like the sound of that, so let’s give it a try!
A great combo of espresso and gelato. You can also add in a little adult beverage touch. Dessert and cocktail all in one!
I love recipes with options, and this recipe has a lot of them. It lists dark rum, port wine, amaretto, and whiskey as options for the liquor component. I like them all, but I wanted to stick with port as this week’s theme.
The flavor of gelato is also flexible, but I stuck with vanilla. You just can’t go wrong with vanilla!
Lastly, you need freshly brewed espresso. I don’t have an espresso maker, so I reached for the I have in my pantry. It makes a decent cup, and it’s quick. I could have dragged out my French press, but I admit that I got lazy.
I started off by making the espresso. That took about a minute and a half thanks to my microwave.
With the espresso brewed, I measured out 3 ounces and added an ounce of port to that. then I scooped the gelato into the glass and poured the coffee-port mixture over it. Done! With brewing the coffee the whole thing took 3 minutes as listed.
If you opt for brewing the coffee in a French press, I’d say you’re looking at a total of 5-6 minutes for the coffee and Affogato. That’s still pretty quick and just slightly more complicated.