Island Affogato
Island Affogato

An Island Affogato is a tropical twist on the classic Italian dessert called β€œaffogato,” which typically consists of a scoop of vanilla ice cream or gelato β€œdrowned” in a shot of hot espresso. The Island Affogato adds a tropical flair by incorporating coconut flavors. Here’s how to make it:


  • 1 scoop of coconut or vanilla ice cream
  • 1 shot of hot espresso (about 1 ounce)
  • 1-2 tablespoons of coconut cream or coconut milk
  • Toasted coconut flakes for garnish (optional)
  • A small piece of tropical fruit (such as pineapple or mango) for garnish (optional)


  1. Begin by brewing a shot of hot espresso using an espresso machine or a stovetop espresso maker.
  2. While the espresso is brewing, place a scoop of coconut or vanilla ice cream into a serving glass or dessert bowl.
  3. Pour the hot espresso directly over the ice cream scoop. The hot espresso will start to melt the ice cream, creating a delicious contrast of temperatures and textures.
  4. Drizzle 1-2 tablespoons of coconut cream or coconut milk over the ice cream and espresso. The coconut cream will add a rich and creamy tropical flavor to the dessert.
  5. If desired, garnish your Island Affogato with toasted coconut flakes for an extra layer of flavor and texture.
  6. For an added tropical touch, you can also place a small piece of fresh pineapple, mango, or another tropical fruit on top of the ice cream.
  7. Serve your Island Affogato immediately, as it’s best enjoyed while the espresso is hot and the ice cream is cold.

The Island Affogato is a delightful dessert that combines the rich and bold flavors of espresso with the creamy and tropical notes of coconut. It’s a perfect treat for those who enjoy a fusion of Italian and tropical flavors in one delightful dessert.