This Whiskey and Bailey’s Irish Affogato puts an Irish twist on an Italian dessert. It features coconut ice cream, whiskey, Bailey’s Irish Cream and coffee!
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We’re coming up on one of my favorite holidays – St. Patrick’s Day. My whole family congregates on St. Patrick’s Day in a tiny little town in the middle of nowhere. You probably won’t find this town on most maps. It’s the kind of town where you find two things – a bar and a church. A few years ago the church closed down leaving only the bar. The bar is actually a bar/restaurant and is owned and operated by some of my relatives. Every year this one bar/restaurant in this tiny little town celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with a parade, live music, and an Irish buffet. People come out of the woodwork to celebrate the occasion. The town’s population goes up by the thousands on this one day. Busloads of people have been known to travel for hours just to experience it. Once a year in the middle of March you will find western Minnesotans dancing to thumping music in a bar nestled among the cornfields. This certainly sounds like something worth celebrating, right?
To get myself geared up for St. Patrick’s Day this year I decided to concoct a cocktail. It’s actually more of a cocktail and dessert in one. I’d like you to meet the Whiskey and Bailey’s Irish Affogato. An affogato is an Italian dessert that consists of ice cream topped with hot espresso or coffee. The term affogato means ‘drowned’ in Italian. Ice cream drowned in coffee? Umm, yes please! I had a little help from Drizly on this one. Drizly is an online liquor store and alcohol delivery service. You literally visit their website, add the beer/wine/liquor of your choice to the cart, and if you live in one of their delivery zones it is delivered to your door in an hour. It honestly doesn’t get much better than that.
This is a super easy recipe to make. To start off, add two scoops of ice cream to a mug. I wrote this recipe using coconut milk ice cream because I prefer it to regular ice cream and the subtle coconut flavor makes the whole thing even tastier. Feel free to use dairy ice cream or any other type of ice cream.
Next up is to add the liquor. This includes whiskey – my whiskey of choice is Jameson (Irish whiskey for an Irish celebration) and Bailey’s Irish Cream. Add .5 oz. of whiskey to the ice cream and 1 oz. of Bailey’s to each mug. The amount of Bailey’s is exactly double the amount of whiskey. You can order both the Jameson and the Bailey’s directly from the Drizly website and have them delivered to your doorstep. How cool is that?!
Now let’s talk coffee. An affogato is traditionally served with freshly brewed hot espresso or coffee. I went with cold brew coffee for this one. I think you can go either way. Hot coffee will give you that hot/cold combo that an affogato is known for and cold brewed coffee will not melt the ice cream as quickly. It’s your call. If you go the cold brew route, you can use this recipe or you can simply brew your coffee and let it cool down to room temperature.
Once the coffee is ready simply pour 1/2 cup of it into each mug. It is now becoming an affogato. You are drowning your ice cream, whiskey, and Bailey’s in coffee (and creating a wonderful festive drink/dessert in the process).
To finish, grate or shave some semi-sweet chocolate on top. How does it taste? Coconut ice cream + Irish whiskey + Bailey’s Irish Cream + coffee + chocolate shavings = you do the math. It’s delicious. It’s not overly sweet – the whiskey and the coffee cut through the sweetness and create a super balanced boozy treat. It’s decadent but not over the top. No matter how you or your family celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, I recommend adding this to your plans. Don’t celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? You might start after a few of these!
This Whiskey and Bailey's Irish Affogato puts an Irish twist on an Italian dessert. It features coconut ice cream, whiskey, Bailey's Irish Cream and coffee!
- 1 Pint Vanilla Bean Coconut Ice Cream
- 2 Ounces Whiskey
- 4 Ounces Bailey's Irish Cream
- 2 Cup Coffee Cold Brewed or Hot
- 4 Tbsp. Semi-sweet Chocolate Shavings
Brew a pot of coffee. Either serve hot or let come to room temperature and serve that way. Alternately, brew a batch of cold brewed coffee.
This recipe makes 4 servings. In each mug, add 2 scoops of ice cream.
Add .5 oz. of whiskey and 1 oz. of Bailey's Irish Cream to each mug.
Pour 1/2 of hot or cold brewed (your choice) coffee into each mug.
Grate 1 Tbsp. of semi-sweet chocolate on top of each mug.
You can use any type of ice cream you like - Dairy, Coconut, Almond Milk, Rice Milk, etc.