Coffee Granita
This refreshing Italian dessert is made with nothing more than brewed espresso and sugar. Get the recipe for Coffee Granita ». Matt Taylor-Gross

Granita, a refreshing Italian frozen dessert is a water-based ice sweetened with sugar and flavored with everything from fruit to coffee. In Sicily, granitas and other frozen desserts are often served with or in brioche buns.

Yield: serves 4-6


  • 2 cups freshly brewed espresso, at room temperature
  • 12 cup sugar


  1. Put espresso and sugar into a medium bowl and stir with a wooden spoon until sugar dissolves completely, about 3 minutes.
  2. Pour coffee mixture into a medium baking dish and transfer to the freezer. Using the tines of a fork, stir the mixture every 30 minutes, scraping edges and breaking up any chunks as the mixture freezes, until granita is slushy and frozen, about 4 hours.
  3. Divide granita into individual serving glasses or transfer into plastic containers, cover, and freeze until ready to serve or up to 4 days.