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Sep 30, 2019

Coffee Granita

This coffee granita, with strong coffee, sugar, vanilla, and a bit of coffee liqueur is such an elegant dinner party dessert. 

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Coffee Granita Recipe

This coffee granita is a light and easy make-ahead dessert. All you need is a few cups of strong brewed coffee and a little time.

For the coffee, I used a maple flavored coffee from one of our sponsors, Door County Coffee. They sent me a sampler of all of their new fall flavors, which we have been enjoying over the past few weeks. Door County Coffee is a small family owned specialty coffee company out of Wisconsin. 

You can purchase their coffees online if they are not available in your area. They also have so many delicious seasonal flavorings. 

P.S. If you want to get totally adventurous with coffee, try this recipe for coffee rubbed flank steak. I can imagine how good some of the fall flavors would be on the steak. 

Coffee Granita with flavored coffee

What is Granita?

Granita is an Italian ice made with water, sugar, and flavorings such as fruit juice, flavorings, wine, or coffee. Evidently, it is originally from Sicily. It's more coarse than Italian ice and sorbet, and the method for making it involves scraping the liquid intermittently with a fork as it freezes, creating a chunky and easy to scoop treat. 

This coffee granita is a great substitute for you morning coffee on hot summer mornings too. If you like your coffee with cream, just top your granita off with some whipped cream! 

Coffee Granita with Kahlua

How do you make coffee granita?

First, you brew a strong pot of coffee. 

Next, you mix the brew with sugar, coffee liqueur, and vanilla. 

Cool the mixture and place it in a shallow container. Place the container in the freezer and check on it after about an hour. Once the mixture begins to form crystals around the edges, give it a stir with a fork and place it back in the freezer (I used a "grandma" fork). You will have to visit it about every 30 minutes and scrape it with the tines of a fork to break up the crystals. 

Finally, repeat every half hour, until the mixture is completely frozen and crumbly. Place the container back into the freezer until ready to serve. 

The coffee granita will stay ready to serve in your freezer for several days. 

By the way, this coffee granita is delicious and refreshing both as morning coffee or as an elegant dinner party dessert. 

Coffee Granita with whipped cream

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Coffee Granita with Kahlua and whipped cream

Coffee Granita Recipe

Yield: 6 servings
This coffee granita, with strong coffee, sugar, vanilla, and a bit of coffee liqueur is such an elegant dinner party dessert.


  • 3 cups strong hot coffee. It can be regular or decaf. 
  • 3/4 cup sugar.
  • 2 teaspoons coffee liqueur. I used Kahlua.
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract. 
  • Sweetened whipped cream for serving. 


How to cook Coffee Granita Recipe

  1. Stir together the hot coffee, sugar, liqueur, and vanilla until the sugar dissolved. 
  2. Pour the mixture into a shallow container, such as a 9 inch by 13 inch pan. I used a plastic lidded Tupperware type flat container. Place it in the freezer for about an hour. 
  3. Remove it from the freezer, and if it's beginning to get slushy around the edges, stir it with a fork, and return it to the freezer. Check on it every 30 minutes, stirring each time, until the mixture is frozen and granular. 
  4. Cover and place the container back into the freezer until ready to serve. 
  5. Serve in stemmed glasses with sweetened whipped cream for dinner, or in bowls with sweetened whipped cream for morning coffee. 
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This was adapted from the book Make it Ahead by Ina Garten: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook. I have all of her books.

Would you like to comment?

  1. I love granita and coffee granita is the perfect way to end a meal when entertaining! I also love Ina and have all of her cookbooks too!

  2. With all the flavors we got we could enjoy a different Granita each week. Delicious idea Karen.

  3. What a great idea! Perfect for dinner parties!

  4. Your presentation is always impeccable, Karen. And I am certain that those cups of goodness taste as good as they look. Wow. Thanks for sharing. I need to try this soon.

  5. I don't drink coffee at all, but I have friends that would love this!

  6. What a beautiful presentation, Karen! So elegant looking.

    1. Thanks! I love breaking out my favorite stemmed glasses.

  7. I cannot wait to make this for my daughter. She's going to flip. Such a big coffee fan and this is going to elevate that even more.

    1. How cool! If she's a coffee lover, she'll love this.

  8. This granita looks fantastic! It reminds me of hot summers in Italy as a child, though of course we always had the fruit flavored ones. This coffee version is great for grown-ups!

  9. Granita is so cool and refreshing. These look so good! I would love to try this with the Door County Maple flavor!

  10. This is the perfect dessert! Not to heavy, and full of flavor.

  11. Hot day or cool day,, this looks perfect to me!

  12. This looks like a fun dessert for a dinner party! I love coffee ice cream which means I'm sure I'll love this, too. I can't wait to try it.

    1. It is really elegant and perfect for a dinner party!

  13. This would be a great after-dinner dessert, instead of drinking coffee!


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