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Chef D’s Coffee Granita

Granitas are simple frozen desserts and the perfect refreshment for a hot summer night. This one’s made with coffee and a coffee liqueur (such as Kahlúa), with a hint of orange. You’ll be surprised by how easy it is to whip up. Just plan ahead, so there’s plenty of time to get it frozen.

Garnish this refreshment with whipped cream, an orange wedge and few coffe beans. (Eoban BInder/WFIU)

Chef D’s Coffee Granita


  • 2 cups warm strong-brewed coffee
  • 1 oz Kahlua (or another coffee liqueur)
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ orange, using the juice and the zest
  • Whipped cream and coffee beans for garnish


  1. Combine all ingredients and stir until sugar melts.
  2. Pour into a stainless steel pan and place in freezer.
  3. Stir every half hour until frozen.
  4. Once mixture is thoroughly frozen, fluff with fork and allow to “dry" in the freezer before serving. When served, granita should look like a fluffy pile of dry brown crystals.
  5. Serve in a chilled bowl, toped with whipped cream and cofee bean garnish

Chef Daniel Orr

Chef Daniel Orr is the owner of FARMbloomington and the author of several cookbooks. He draws from a lifelong curiosity about individual ingredients combined with extensive training in the art of finding food’s true essence and flavor. The result is simple, yet sophisticated; the best of American food tempered by classic European training.

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