Baileys Affogato Recipe

Baileys Affogato Recipe

Elevate your classic Affogato with a shot of Baileys! This Baileys Affogato recipe requires very little time to make which makes it the perfect last minute sweet treat. This grown-up version of the classic Italian dessert is perfect for hot summer days! Made with rich vanilla gelato, a shot of hot espresso and a splash of Baileys and topped with your favorite topping make this indulgent Italian dessert!

Why you will love this Baileys Affogato recipe

  • Easy to prepare
  • Requires less than 5 minutes
  • No-Bake
  • 3-ingredients only
  • Simple & elegant
  • Bitter yet sweet
  • Hot and cold at the same time

When it comes to desserts the Italian kitchen is way up on the top of the list of the best desserts out there! While the popular choices tiramisu and panna cotta need some work and time to get prepared this delicious 3 ingredient dessert is done in less than 5 minutes! This dessert is incredibly easy to make and requires ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen. This makes it the perfect last-minute sweet treat to serve after dinner.

If you are looking for a simple no-bake recipe then this is it! There is absolutely no baking or cooking required. Even tough you only need 3 ingredients this dessert has it all! It is bitter yet sweet and you have both ice cold and hot components together. Plus it is dessert and coffee after dinner all in one! It can’t get any better!

If you love this recipe you might also like this Baileys Iced Latte

What is Affogato?

Affogato is Italian and translates to “drowning”. Which is literally what you do with this dessert! Drown your vanilla gelato in hot espresso and enjoy the simplest yet most delicious dessert!

Affogato is a traditional Italian dessert typically made with 2 ingredients only: hot espresso and ice cold vanilla gelato. The sweetness of the gelato balances out the bitterness of the coffee as it slowly melts into it.

Compared to the classic recipe this version adds extra flavor with a splash of liqueur.

Ingredients needed for Baileys Affogato

Affogato combined both ice cold ingredients with hot ones. This recipe requires the following simple ingredients:

  • Vanilla Gelato or Ice Cream: Use rich vanilla bean ice cream or even better an Italian vanilla gelato. Good quality ice cream is key here!
  • Coffee: Freshly brewed espresso is needed for this recipe. A strong coffee can be used instead. If caffeine keeps you awake at night you can replace the espresso with a decaff coffee.
  • Baileys: A shot of liquor elevates the classic Affogato
Baileys Affogato Ingredients

How to make this indulgent Baileys Affogato

This indulgent Italian dessert is made in less than 5 minutes and only requires 3 simple ingredients. You will need a drinking glass or bowl and an ice cream scooper.

Baileys Affogato Ice Cream

Scoop the vanilla gelato into a cup or bowl.

Baileys Affogato Coffee

Pour the coffee over the ice cream.

Baileys Affogato

Add a splash of Baileys.

Baileys Affogato Toppings

Add preferred toppings.

Serve immediately!

Chefs tips:

  • Gelato to espresso ratio: Use 1 shot of espresso to 1-2 scoops of ice cream.
  • Freshly brewed: Make sure to use freshly brewed espresso! Coffee usually turns very bitter when it cools down which makes it less tasty.
  • Keep it cold: Keep your gelato as well as the glass you serve it in cold. That way the ice cream will melt much slower.
  • Serve immediately: The shot of espresso will melt your gelato so serve immediately in order for your guests to be able to enjoy the dessert properly.
  • Serve it like a pro: Serve it like they do at the restaurants! When serving to guests keep the coffee on the side so they can pour it over the gelato themselves and therefore it is not melted already


Make your affogato even better with various toppings of your choice. Here are some ideas:

  • Roasted Nuts (even better if roasted)
  • Grated chocolate
  • Chocolate sauce
  • Sea salt
  • Whipped cream

Serving suggestions for homemade Affogato

Serve your Affogato after dinner or as an afternoon treat along some Italian cookies or shortbread cookies like this pistachio shortbread cookie. You can serve this dessert in a small drinking glass, a dessert glass or simply in a bowl.

If you do have guests over and will serve a larger group try keeping the espresso shot separate and let your guests poor it over the ice cream themselves.

Frequently asked questions

Q: What’s the best ice cream to use?

A: High quality vanilla gelato will be the best choice. A good vanilla bean ice cream work too tough. Traditionally you use a vanilla flavor but you can also try using other ice creams like stracciatella , a chocolate or nut flavored ice cream would work too.

Q: What’s the best coffee to use for Affogato?

A: Use a freshly brewed espresso shot or a strong coffee like arabica. Fresh coffee has the best flavor. However, you can cool the coffee in order for the ice cream not to melt to quickly. You will have a more bitter taste from the coffee tough.

Do you need an espresso machine to make affogato? Absolutely not! You can substitute it with instant coffee. Be careful to not water it down to much tough and keep it strong.

Q: What does Affogato mean?

A: Affogato means drowned in Italian. This classic Italian dessert drowns gelato in a shot of espresso.

Q: Is Affogato hot or cold?

A: Both! You drown ice cold gelato in hot coffee which makes it a beautiful combo of hot and cold. You might think the hot espresso would melt the ice cream and turn everything into a complete mess, but the hot coffee only melts the gelato slowely.

Q: Can you make affogato ahead of time?

A: No, it is not recommended to do that. Your ice cream has to be frozen. However, you can make the espresso already and cool it or use cold brew you have prepared before hand. This will not melt the ice cream as quickly tough and taste slightly different.

Q: When do you serve an affogato?

A: Usually this easy coffee dessert is served after lunch or dinner. However, there really are no rules and this sweet treat can be enjoyed at any time of the day, just be responsible with the Baileys.

Q: How do you drink an affogato?

A: You eat the ice cream and coffee with a spoon and then drink the rest that melted into the bottom of the glass.

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Baileys Affogato

Baileys Affogato Recipe

Elevate your classic Affogato with a shot of Baileys! This grown-up version of the classic Italian dessert is perfect for hot summer days!
4.95 from 18 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Servings 1 Serving
Calories 322 kcal


  • 1 Serving glass (small drinking glass, cup or a bowl)


  • 2 scoops Vanilla Gelato or Ice Cream
  • 1 Espresso Shot
  • 1 tbsp Baileys


  • Brew an espresso. You will need 1 shot per serving.
  • Add 2 scoops of vanilla gelato / ice cream into the serving glass.
  • Pour the espresso shot over the gelato.
  • Add a splash of Baileys.
  • Garnish with your choice of toppings and serve immediately!


  • Gelato: Choose a high quality vanilla gelato or ice cream
  • Coffee: Use freshly brewed espresso or a strong coffee. Decaff coffee can be used

Metric conversions are calculated automatically. I cannot guarantee the accuracy of this information.

Your Notes


Calories: 322kcalCarbohydrates: 35gProtein: 5gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 64mgSodium: 118mgPotassium: 264mgFiber: 1gSugar: 31gVitamin A: 556IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 169mgIron: 0.1mg

Nutrition information is calculated automatically. I cannot guarantee the accuracy of this information.

Keyword boozy, Dessert, Easy, italian, no bake, Quick, Sweet
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