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Creamy, sweet, and unapologetically boozy, my Copa Don Pedro recipe is the grown-up dessert you never knew you needed in your life.

My take on this Argentinian favorite is very easy to make and gives you leeway to get a little creative with your own variations. You and your dinner guests are going to love the sweetness and heat of this wonderfully simple dessert.

Copa Don Pedro Dessert

Copa Don Pedro Recipe

Copa Don Pedro Dessert

What is Copa Don Pedro?

Copa Don Pedro is a simple but delicious dessert in Argentina. It has some very adult flavors as it consists of ice cream topped with whisky and crushed walnuts.

It is similar to the Italian affogato (which is topped with espresso instead of whisky but can also contain liqueur alongside the espresso) and can be made in a matter of minutes.

Ingredients

To make my Copa Don Pedro dessert, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Copa Don Pedro Dessert ingredients on a wooden board

Per serving:

  • Ice Cream – 2 scoops of ice cream
  • Walnuts – 2 tbsp chopped walnuts (plain or candied/caramelized)
  • Whisky – 1 fl oz (or to taste) Scotch whisky

If you want to serve the dessert with caramelized walnuts (rather than just plain walnuts), you’ll need the following for homemade caramelized nuts (per serving):

  • Sugar – 1 tbsp of sugar
  • Walnuts – 2 tbsp of chopped walnuts

Substitutions

Whisky – Instead of whisky, it’s also common to use Bailey’s liqueur.

Walnuts – While walnuts are most typically used in this dessert, you can also use pecans or other nuts of choice.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1 (Optional) – Make caramelized/candied walnuts.

A – To a pan over medium heat, add the sugar in an even layer.

Making candied/caramelized nuts
Making candied/caramelized nuts

B – When it’s melted, add the walnuts and stir.

Making candied/caramelized nuts

C – Transfer them to a plate with baking (non-stick) paper on it.

Candied/caramelized nuts

Step 2 – To a serving glass, add 2 scoops of ice cream.

Step 3 – Pour whisky over it (to taste). We used 1 fl oz (one shot) of whisky per 2 scoops of ice cream. For a less boozy version, you can use half that amount.

Pouring the whisky over the ice cream

Step 4 – Sprinkle the chopped walnuts (plain or caramelized/candied) over the ice cream.

Walnuts topping the ice cream and whisky

Enjoy some extra crunch and sweetness if you opt for the candied version, or savor the mild, earthy notes that accompany the sweet creaminess and heat of the whiskey.

Walnuts topping the ice cream and whisky

I love how simple this dessert is to make. Especially for a late-night dinner party when the liquor comes out, this can be a really fun treat to serve to everyone.

Walnuts topping the ice cream and whisky

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Copa Don Pedro

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Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Author: Nomad Paradise
Course: Desserts
Servings: 1

Ingredients

  • 2 scoops of ice cream
  • 1 fl oz or to taste Scotch whisky
  • 2 tbsp chopped walnuts
  • 2 tbsp sugar optional, if making homemade caramelized nuts

Instructions

  • (Optional) – Make caramelized/candied walnuts.
    A – To a pan over medium heat, add the sugar in an even layer.
    B – When it’s melted, add the walnuts and stir.
    C – Transfer them to a plate with baking (non-stick) paper on it.
  • To a serving glass, add 2 scoops of ice cream.
  • Pour whisky over it (to taste). We used 1 fl oz (one shot) of whisky per 2 scoops of ice cream. For a less boozy version, you can use half that amount.
  • Sprinkle the chopped walnuts (plain or caramelized/candied) over the ice cream.
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Authors

  • Doina Johnson is a recipe developer and writer. Doina has been cooking for most of her life, and her style draws from many different influences. She cooked with her mother and grandma growing up in Eastern Europe, before adding modern, western influences to her style when living in the United States for about a decade. Then, she traveled full-time for several years, trying food in Europe, Asia, and South America, and bringing those influences into her own cooking. She strives to introduce passionate homecooks to world cuisine, generally by trying the food herself abroad and then recreating it at home and, at times, enlisting the help of local foodies and chefs.

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  • Hey there! We are Dale and Doina, the founders of Nomad Paradise. We traveled full-time for over three years, and while we now have a home base in the U.K., continue to take trips abroad to visit new places and try new cuisines and foods. Our food guides are curated with the guidance of local foodies, and their contribution is indicated under each article. We also cook the foods we try abroad, and you can discover how to make them in our 'recipes from around the world' category.

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