Why should the Italians have all the fun with affogato? I mean, I get that they came up with pouring coffee over ice cream and, in true Italian form, it's pretty perfect in its simplicity. But, I've been making Cafe de Olla or cinnamon-spiced coffee and let me tell you: it's pretty magical over ice cream!
Combine water, sugar, and spices in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a simmer then cook, uncovered, until mixture is well spiced, about 20 to 25 minutes.
Remove from heat, add espresso grounds, and let steep to desired strength, about 3 to 5 minutes. Stain liquid, discard solids, and serve over your favorite ice cream.
If you want it a little more authentic to a real affogato, go ahead and make an espresso with the strained liquid (before you put coffee in it).
Food styling and photography by Aida Mollenkamp