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Type Beverage
Main ingredients Gelato or ice cream (vanilla), espresso
Cookbook: Affogato  Media: Affogato

An affogato (Italian, "drowned") is a coffee-based dessert. It usually takes the form of a scoop of vanilla gelato or ice cream topped with a shot of hot espresso. As the drink has evolved it is now perfectly acceptable to have multiple scoops of ice cream. Some variations also include a shot of amaretto, Bicerin or other liqueur. It is considered one drink, not a combination of coffee and ice cream. [1] [2]

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, "affogato" entered the English language by 1992.[3]

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  1. ^ Gray, Joe (2008-07-03). "Gelato + espresso = affogato". Chicago Tribune. p. 7. Retrieved 2013-09-22. 
  2. ^ Leech-Black, Sarah (2007-08-15). "An affogato to remember". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2013-09-22. 
  3. ^ "Does English still borrow words from other languages?". BBC News Online. 3 February 2014. Retrieved 2014-02-05.