Espresso Granita with Whipped Cream Recipe

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Avery Published: March 29, 2021 Modified: May 31, 2021

How To Make Espresso Granita with Whipped Cream

Whip up a frozen cup of coffee with the perfect balance of bitterness and sweetness with this espresso granita topped with whipped heavy cream.

Preparation: 10 minutes
Freeze Time: 15 minutes
Total: 25 minutes



  • 2cupground espresso beans
  • 3cupwater
  • ¼cupsugar,plus 4 tsp
  • 1cupheavy cream


  1. Using an espresso machine, make coffee with the ground espresso and the water to yield 1¾ cups of strong espresso. Alternatively, make 1¾ cups espresso using a French press or drip coffee maker.

  2. Add the ¼ cup sugar and stir until dissolved. Taste the espresso and add more sugar if necessary.

  3. Chill in the refrigerator, or, to hasten the process, pour the espresso into a stainless-steel bowl, set it in a larger bowl filled with ice, and stir the coffee until cold.

  4. Pour the chilled coffee into two 9×9-inch stainless-steel pans. Freeze for 15 minutes.

  5. Stir well and return the pans to the freezer. Continue freezing, stirring every 10 minutes, until the granita is completely frozen, about 40 minutes in all.

  6. In a medium bowl, using a hand-held electric mixer, beat the cream with the remaining 4 teaspoons of sugar until the cream holds soft peaks when the beaters are lifted.

  7. Scoop the granita into chilled serving bowls and top with the whipped cream.

Recipe Notes

  •  Tips: For extra speed, buy the espresso ready-made from a coffee shop. The warm espresso can be placed directly into the freezer, but it will take much longer to freeze.
  • Granita will freeze faster in a metal pan, but Pyrex is an alternative; just allow more time. Or freeze the liquid in metal bowls.
  • Stir the granita with a fork to get a nice fine grain. Granita melts quickly, so serve it in bowls or glasses that have been chilled in the freezer.


  • Calories: 1353.48kcal
  • Fat: 88.54g
  • Saturated Fat: 55.01g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 25.47g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 3.46g
  • Carbohydrates: 129.01g
  • Sugar: 56.54g
  • Protein: 16.59g
  • Cholesterol: 326.06mg
  • Sodium: 154.90mg
  • Calcium: 311.89mg
  • Potassium: 3573.10mg
  • Iron: 4.33mg
  • Vitamin A: 978.18µg
  • Vitamin C: 1.43mg
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