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.

Coffee Granita Coffee Granita
This refreshing frozen dessert is a water-based ice sweetened with sugar. In this version, espresso adds a kick.
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.