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Coffee Granita

ACTIVE TIME: 5 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 5 hours 35 minutes
Yield: 6 servings


  • 2 cups espresso or strong black coffee, lukewarm
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons coffee-flavored liqueur
  • 1 teaspoon orange or lemon zest


  • Combine all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl and stir until sugar melts. Pour mixture into 9-by-13-inch metal pan (the mixture should only come about 1/4 inch up the side of the pan) and place on level shelf in freezer for 30 minutes. Remove and use a dinner fork to scrape any ice crystals that have formed on the side or bottom of the pan. Return to freezer and repeat scraping every 20 to 30 minutes for 3 to 4 hours. Once mixture is thoroughly frozen, fluff with a fork and allow flakes to "dry" in freezer another 30 minutes before serving. When served, the granita should look like a fluffy pile of dry brown crystals.
  • Scoop into goblets and top with barely sweetened whipped cream. Add additional citrus zest, if desired.