Guinness Affogato



In prep for the big Irish Day, Bon Appétit emailed the masses a photo/recipe for a Guinness Affogato earlier this week.  One quick read of the ingredients; Bailey’s Irish Cream, Guinness, espresso and ice cream, and I knew it was something I had to make and put it in my gob as soon as possible.

this Breville gives good crema

this Breville gives good crema

I didn’t know what an affogato was either, so don’t feel badly about your vocab. Affogato literally translates in Italian to “drowned”. An affogato is a coffee-based beverage, usually vanilla gelato doused with a shot of espresso. Um, yes, sign me up please. Affogato entered the dictionary in 1992, so honestly, it’s a brand new word as far as I’m concerned. I know I wasn’t drinking espresso in 1992, i.e. my senior year in high school. More like I was drinking tangerine Fruitopia while driving around Woodward and 14 Mile in my Nana’s very uncool hand-me-down silver Chrysler Fifth Avenue.  You would have heard me coming from a mile away because I was no doubt blasting some major hip hop base from my after market installed Kenwood sound system (complete with detachable face plate) I had purchased from Mickey Shorr electronics. Ah high school memories…

1992 called, and it wants it's bangs back

1992 called, and it wants it’s bangs and shoulder pads back…

Per Bon Appétit’s suggestion I added a shot of Bailey’s to this affogato and as my own finishing touch, dolloped homemade whipped cream on top. I contemplated caramel sauce, but felt it was going a wee bit too far. Trust me, this drink is already sweet enough. The end result was a boozy, coffee-flavored sweet milky dessert drink. If you’ve had a big dinner maybe you’ll want cut the recipe in half to have as dessert.

so easy and delicious, you'll never buy cool whip again!

so easy and delicious, you’ll never buy cool whip again!

I give you the Guinness Affogato, in honor of my sister’s St. Patrick’s Day birthday! Happy Birthday, Sissy, and Happy St. Paddy’s day everyone!

please ma'am, I'd like some more!

please ma’am, I’d like some more!

Guinness Affogato
Prep time: 35 minutes
Serves: 2 people

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  • 4 scoops vanilla (or coffee) ice cream or gelato
  • 2 shots hot espresso
  • 2 shots Bailey’s Irish Liqueur
  • 1 can Guinness draught beer, divided
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon sugar


  1. Place stand mixer metal mixing bowl, whisk attachment, and 2 glasses into freezer. Let chill for 30 minutes.
  2. Once chilled, remove bowl and whisk attachment from freezer and beat whipping cream and sugar on low for a minute then increase speed to medium high for 2 more minutes, or until cream is whipped. Set aside until ready for use.
  3. Remove chilled pint glasses from freezer and place 2 scoops of ice cream into each glass. Top each glass 1 shot of Bailey’s, 1 shot of espresso, and as much of a can of Guinness that will fit. Finish with a dollop of whipped cream. Serve with a straw and spoon.

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