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
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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