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Viennese Coffee Float

  • Yield: Makes 8
Viennese Coffee Float

Source: Martha Stewart Weddings, Fall 2006


For the flavored ice cream:

  • 2 cups Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream, or store-bought, softened
  • 1/2 cup strongly brewed cold espresso
  • 1/4 cup chocolate-hazelnut spread, (such as Nutella)

For the hazelnut whipped cream:

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup chocolate-hazelnut spread, (such as Nutella)

For the syrup:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 tablespoons Jamaican rum

To assemble each drink:

  • 24 ounces strongly brewed hot coffee
  • , for garnish
  • 1 cup unsweetened whipped cream
  • Vietnamese or regular ground cinnamon, for sprinkling


  1. Make the flavored ice cream: Stir together ice cream, espresso, and hazelnut spread in an airtight container. Freeze until firm, about 1 hour (up to 1 week).

  2. Make the syrup: Stir sugar, cinnamon sticks, and 1/2 cup water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. Reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in rum. Let cool completely. Strain into an airtight container; discard cinnamon sticks. Refrigerate overnight (up to 1 month).

  3. Make the hazelnut whipped cream: Put cream and hazelnut spread into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment; beat on medium-low speed until light brown and well combined, about 5 minutes. Raise speed to medium-high; beat until soft peaks form.

  4. To assemble each drink: Using a 1 1/2-inch ice cream scoop, put 3 scoops ice cream into a small coffee cup or 6-ounce glass. Pour in 1 tablespoon syrup, then 3 ounces hot coffee. Add a dollop of hazelnut whipped cream and a dollop of plain whipped cream; swirl together with a spoon. Drizzle more syrup over top; sprinkle with cinnamon. Serve immediately, garnished with marshmallows.

Reviews (1)

  • flowergirlannie 23 Nov, 2008

    Not too impressed with these, especially considering all of the extra effort I put into making the ice cream, syrup, whipped cream, marshmallows, etc. I might make it again with some short-cuts.

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