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Coffee Granita

Yields4 ServingsPrep Time3 hrs 30 minsCook Time30 minsTotal Time4 hrs

This refreshingly light summertime dessert is kind of like a coffee snow cone. Sicily is the birthplace of granitas, where the slushy semi-frozen flavored ices are enjoyed thoughout the hot day, but mostly for breakfast along with freshly baked brioche.

Homemade coffee granita garnished with orange zests

 2 cups warm espresso or strong coffee
 ½ cup sugar
 2 tbsp coffee liqueur or Bourbon, orange or hazelnut liqueur, flavored syrups, vanilla, etc.
 orange or lemon zest

Combine all of the ingredients in a pot and warm slightly until the sugar melts. Pour into a metal pan — 8" square or 9" x 13".


Place the pan in the freezer and allow to freeze for about 30 minutes.


Remove the pan from the freezer and, using a fork, scrape off any ice crystals that have formed. Return the pan to the freezer and repeat scraping the mixture every 30 minutes until all the liquid has frozen (approximately 3 hours).


Once all the liquid is frozen, remove the mixture and place into a metal bowl, fluffing it vigorously with the fork.


Return the mixture to the freezer for approximately 30 more minutes before serving. The final mixture should look like a fluffy pile of brown crystals.

To Serve:

Scoop the mixture into wine glasses and top with whipped cream and/or a sprig of fresh mint.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1/2 cup

Servings 4