An affogato (which means “drowned” in Italian) is a coffee-based beverage famed for the temperature contrast between the cold vanilla gelato or ice cream and the hot espresso or coffee that tops it. If you think about it, it may have been the affogato that inspired the Frappuccino in the first place. It’s only natural that it’s on the secret menu at Starbucks (see our “Starbucks’ Secret Menu: The Ultimate Guide”), but you don’t have to order off the menu to enjoy this treat; you can make it at home!
1½ cups milk
1½ cups vanilla
¾ cup crushed ice
½ tablespoon sugar
2–3 tablespoons almond/hazelnut syrup
1 cup coffee
1–2 espresso shots
Add in all liquids first, then add sugar, syrup, ice cream, and crushed ice.
Blend until smooth.
Serve with a floating espresso shot on top.