Coffee Affogato Martini

by Julie Cohn

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{I was sent a sample but this recipe and opinions are 100% my own.}

Are you familiar with the Italian delicacy known as the affogato?  Part dessert, part coffee drink, the affogato (drowned) is a generous scoop of ice cream or gelato drown by shots of hot espresso, slowly melting the ice cream into a creamy coffee delight.  Why not turn your love of coffee and ice cream into a creamy cocktail with coffee flavored vodka with the Coffee Affogato Martini!

Heritage Distilling 3

Heritage Distilling Co., a Seattle Washington-based craft distillery, has created a coffee-flavored vodka that is versatile in so different many cocktail recipes. Mix with Creme de Cacao , Amaretto, or Frangelico for a sweet mixed drink, or on the rocks with a splash of club soda and twist of orange for a unique highball.  I blended the coffee vodka with Tuaca, a vanilla-citrus liqueur, to bring out the citrus notes in the coffee vodka.   Instead of ice cubes, I used coffee ice cream shaped into balls–the alcohol melts the ice cream, creating a deliciously decadent martini!

Coffee Affogato Martini

  • 6 oz.  Heritage Distilling Coffee Vodka
  • 2 oz. Tuaca
  • 2 oz. Half & Half
  • Container of Coffee Ice Cream

Blend the vodka, Tuaca, and half & half in a cocktail shaker.  Set aside.  Using a melon baller, shape the ice cream into balls in place in a martini glass.  I used good ice cream with flecks of coffee in it to enhance the flavor.  Slowly pour the blended vodka over the ice cream balls and garnish with a chocolate stick.   Serves 2.

Coffee Affogato Martini 2

For more information about Heritage Distilling Co. please visit their website.  You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter.


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Karin 05/06/2015 at 3:15 pm

Oh my, that looks incredible! I’ve gotta try that!

Mary Frances 05/08/2015 at 10:56 am

YUM! This looks like a fabulous pick-me-up!

Shobha 05/09/2015 at 10:39 am

yummy! my kind of multi-tasking – the coffee and the dessert dishes combined 🙂 This looks like a great grown-up summer dessert.

Mary Frances 05/11/2015 at 3:28 pm

I love this idea. It’s the perfect pick-me-up!


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