Affogato, which officially means ‘drowned’ in Italian, has an unofficial dessert definition, meaning ‘drowned in coffee’. This traditional Italian dessert is made with two of my favorite things: espresso and gelato, and can often be found at espresso cafes and almost always on the dessert menu at Italian restaurants. Although traditionally made with gelato, ice cream is an acceptable substitute – if gelato is not readily available, or if you’re looking for a creamier consistency. First scoop one serving of vanilla gelato into a bowl. Top it off with a shot of hot espresso, and marvel as the two distinctly varying temperatures infuse together to create a decadent coffee float. If you’re feeling festive, substitute the espresso shot with a shot of Amaretto or liqueur of your choice. So when the heat begins to weigh you down, drown some gelato in coffee, and delight in the splendors of summertime living.