If you look at your thermometer outside or perhaps the snow on the ground, you may be thinking why would I want to drink cold coffee in the middle of the winter? Bear with me as I believe you will find iced or cold coffee drinks can be a refreshing change or even something beyond a drink. So let me provide one appropriately timed idea that will change your mind!
First a little background and our topic is not an iced drink per se, but more of a dessert. Ah ha, now I have your attention. The affogato is an Italian dessert that is a well, pure heaven. The complete name is “affogato al cafe” or “drowned in coffee,” in Italian and can be found on the menu of many Italian restaurants. In case you do not know the term, the affogato is in the simplest form nothing more than a shot of hot espresso poured over a scoop of vanilla ice cream or gelato. Sounds good, right? Calorie laden, probably! But, oh my, is it worth it and you can count calories tomorrow!
The creative variation I wanted to share today is provided by the Food Network and it is aptly named the Snow-fogato! I think once you try it the cold and snow will be forgotto! So here is the quick recipe and for those of you who remember snow cream this is an excellent updated version.
- Make a tight snowball of fresh snow about the size of a baseball
- Put the snowball in a large coffee cup
- Pour sweetened condensed milk and then pour strong coffee or espresso, such as our Revenuer or Cattywampus blend, over the snowball
- Top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings…or your favorite toppings of choice
- Enjoy quickly!
What a great way to put a snowball to use, right? Perhaps even more fun than a well-placed snowball on your favorite target! There are many variations of the affogato dessert drink to be enjoyed and Julie Thomson of The Huffington Post shared some wonderful recipe ideas here. Several of the recipes are adult version affogatos, i.e. they contain alcohol. Might I suggest the Tipsy Affogato? We will explore some other coffee and liqueur ideas in later posts. For now…..go have a snowball fight and end the day with a snow-fogato! Next time let’s talk about coffee and pi!