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Bourbon Affogato

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ice cream coffee cocktail in a wine glass with chocolate
Bourbon Affogato

Let’s celebrate National Ice Cream Day with bourbon, ice cream and espresso in this Bourbon Affogato – a Kentucky take on a traditional Italian affogato. I’ll keep it short as I don’t normally post on Sundays, but I can’t resist something fun for National Ice Cream Day.

An affogato is the perfect dessert, it comes together in minutes, and it has both ice cream and coffee in it. In a word: belissimo!

Of course, I’ll be adding bourbon to it, as all Kentuckians do when they discover a new dessert or treat. Some call it testing. I call it bourbon-ifying.

For a traditional affogato, you keep things very simple. A couple scoops of vanilla ice cream and a warm shot of espresso poured over and served immediately. Oftentimes with only a dusting of espresso powder or chocolate shavings as garnish.

ice cream coffee cocktail in a wine glass with chocolate
Bourbon Affogato

To keep things simple, I’m adding some bourbon, Woodford Reserve, in my case. And a bit of Rivulet pecan liqueur. Rivulet is far and away my favorite pecan liqueur, and I love the dense, toasted pecan flavor from it. Unlike other pecan liqueurs or whiskies I’ve tried it’s not too sweet for me.

A dash of chocolate bitters, a small shaving of a dark chocolate bar and you have a bourbonified coffee milkshake forming in your coupe. It’s a National Ice Cream Day miracle.

If you’re not feeling like a cocktail, make it the traditional way, and leave out the bourbon and liqueur. Add a toasted pecan or two to the top and you’ve got a lovely after dinner dessert to cool you off in hot weather.

ice cream coffee cocktail in a wine glass with chocolate
Bourbon Affogato

Looking for more coffee drinks? Take a peek at my Smash and Grab – Coffee Cherry Smash or my Who’s Your Daddy – Coffee Tiki Old Fashioned.

ice cream coffee cocktail in a wine glass with chocolate

Bourbon Affogato

Picture of Heather Wibbels, Cocktail Contessa, pouring a cocktailHeather Wibbels
Bourbon-ify the easiest summer dessert ever with this Kentucky take on the Italian affogato – a scoop  of vanilla ice cream doused with warm espresso and served immediately. Add a bit of bourbon, a smidge of pecan liqueur and you’re on the way to the easiest decadent dessert in your repertoire.
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Course Dessert, Drinks
Cuisine Bourbon Cocktail
Servings 1

Ingredients
  

  • 1 ½ oz warm espresso
  • 1 ½ oz bourbon I used Woodford Reserve
  • ½ oz Rivulet pecan liqueur
  • 1 dash chocolate bitters
  • 2 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • Garnish: chocolate shavings

Instructions
 

  • Put two small scoops of vanilla ice cream in a chilled wine or coupe glass. Combine warm espresso, bourbon and Rivulet and pour over the ice cream. Top with chocolate shavings and serve immediately with a spoon.
Keyword affogato, bourbon, ice cream, pecan, vanilla
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By on July 19th, 2020
Picture of Heather Wibbels, Cocktail Contessa, pouring a cocktail

About Heather Wibbels

Heather Wibbels is a whiskey enthusiast (Executive Bourbon Steward, no less) with a passion for cocktails. She loves researching and designing cocktails, drinking cocktails, and teaching cocktails. Mostly whiskey cocktails, given her Kentucky location

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