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You can choose any flavor of ice cream you like, though vanilla is the traditional choice and coffee and chocolate ice cream would also be great alternatives. And the coffee can be hot or cold. I like to use leftover coffee at room temperature because it doesn't immediately melt the ice cream. So it's really like an adult ice cream soda. You could also make something even more spectacular out of this simple dessert by topping it off with a splash of liquor, such as rum, Frangelico or Kahlua. Ahhh...
Course Dessert, Drinks
Cuisine Italian
Keyword coffee, ice cream
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4
Author The Cowgirl Gourmet


  • 1 pint of ice cream or gelato vanilla is the classic choice though I like coffee and even chocolate (1 scoop per serving)
  • 1/2 cup hot coffee or espresso or at room temperature 2 tablespoons of coffee per serving
  • Whipped cream optional
  • 2 ounces liquor optional (1/2 ounce per serving)


  1. Divide ice cream among four tumblers or martini or cognac glasses.

  2. Pour your choice of hot or tepid coffee over the ice cream. 

  3. If adding a splash of liquor, add it now and then top with a generous squirt of whipped cream from a can or homemade whipped cream.

  4. Serve immediately.