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Here’s Why Booze and Ice Cream Should Hang Out All the Time


Affogato, an Italian dessert comprising a scoop of vanilla gelato drowned in hot espresso, is a simple, sophisticated way to end a meal. Our drunken versions, which swap the coffee for Grand Marnier, Campari or Averna and vary the flavors of ice cream and sorbet to match, are three riffs on the original.

The vanilla–Grand Marnier ice cream float is just a high-class take on a Creamsicle, while the lemon-Campari combination is a bitter refresher for the hottest summer days. And the Averna, with its bright citrus notes, is perfect poured over a scoop of chocolate gelato.—Jessica Battilana

Boozy Ice Cream Floats

Serves 3

  • 1 scoop vanilla ice cream or gelato
  • 1 ounce Grand Marnier liqueur
  • 1 scoop lemon sorbet
  • 1 ounce Campari liqueur
  • 1 scoop chocolate ice cream or gelato
  • 1 ounce Averna amaro

Scoop the ice cream or sorbet into a bowl, pour the liquid (Grand Marnier, Campari or Averna) over, and serve immediately.

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