Strong and sweet, this cold brew coffee granita is a summer staple on our treat-yourself list! Not quite sorbet, nor shaved ice, this is a MUST to add to your easy, low-lift sweets ideas.
A granita is an icy, frozen treat, originating from Sicily, typically made of water, sugar, and flavoring of choice.For this recipe, we’re using cold brew for a strong and smooth coffee base, however regular brewed coffee will also work just fine. You can also adjust the sugar-to-coffee ratio to your preference - just beware that decreasing the amount of sugar will result in an icier finish.
Optional - add a base/topping of whipped cream to make your granita extra indulgent! We whipped together a bit of heavy cream, sweetened condensed milk, and vanilla for that added touch.
- 3 cups of cold brew coffee
- 3/4 cup of sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- whipped cream (optional)
- Combine cold brew, sugar, and vanilla in a bowl and whisk until sugar has dissolved completely.
- Transfer the liquid into a large, flat freezer-safe dish and place in the freezer to set for an hour.
- After an hour, remove the granita from the freezer and use a fork to stir the mixture, making sure to break up any big frozen chunks. The mixture will still look very slushy and liquidy at this point.
- Return to the freezer for another 30 minutes and then remove to scrape/stir the granita again. Repeat this proces another 3-4 times - you'll notice the granita will start to firm up until it reaches your desired consistency.
- You can enjoy your granita the day of or freeze overnight to serve the following day. Top with whipped cream and dig in!