Amaretto Espresso Granita

Amaretto Espresso Granita

Amaretto Espresso Granita, a summertime treat made with freshly brewed and sweetened black coffee. A splash of liquor is added for some extra indulgence and then topped with whipped cream for one heavenly frozen dessert.

Amaretto Espresso Granita

While a hot cup of coffee beckons in the morning with its aromatic allure, it also signals the start of a brand new day. With each enticing sip, cobwebs slowly slip away and only then can we truly kick-start our days.

Aside from a morning jolt, this classic beverage however also makes a perfect ending to any meal. Especially, when its turned into a frozen sweet dessert that we so enjoy on these smoldering days of summer.

Since I often accompany our after dinner coffee with spirits I decided to throw in a splash of my favorite liqueur into the mix. A few simple ingredients are all that’s needed to make this frozen concoction. Coffee, liquor, sugar….and of course lets not forget some luscious whipped cream because everyone should have some extra sweetness in their lives!

Amaretto Espresso Granita

You’ll find the steps to making this coffee treat quite easy. Simply brew and sweeten it up while adding a splash of flavor then taste the mixture before chilling and freezing, ensuring that your coffee mixture is sweet enough.

A timer set at 30 minute intervals is a simple reminder to rake the forming crystals with a fork. This ensures perfect granular coffee crystals.

Amaretto Espresso Granita

Although this frozen treat can be served in small coffee cups, for more decadence try decorative parfait glasses while alternating layers of coffee crystals and whipped cream. It is simply pure pleasure.

Amaretto Espresso Granita

Do give it some extra love with a chocolate covered coffee bean or shavings of dark chocolate and enjoy!

Amaretto Espresso Granita
Amaretto Espresso Granita, a frozen treat made with sweetened black coffee, flavored with Amaretto liquor and topped with a dollop of whipped cream.
Recipe type: Drinks
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 6 to 8
  • 2 cups freshly brewed coffee
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Amaretto liqueur

  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Amaretto Liquor
  • chocolate covered coffee beans for garnish (optional)
  1. Pour the freshly brewed coffee into a freezer-safe pan (I used a 9x9 inch square pan).
  2. Add the 3 tablespoons of granulated sugar and stir until the sugar is completely dissolved.
  3. Stir in the liqueur and cool completely.
  4. Once cooled transfer the coffee mixture to the freezer.
  5. After the initial first 30 minutes in the freezer, stir the mixture with the tins of a fork and repeat every 30 minutes until the mixture has a grainy like consistency.
  6. The whole process should take about 3 to 4 hours.
  7. Before serving beat together the whipping cream, sugar and liqueur in a medium sized bowl.
  8. When ready to serve, spoon the coffee crystals into glass cups or dessert glasses.
  9. Top with a dollop of whipped cream and a chocolate covered coffee bean.


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  1. Oh how I love this! As much as I can’t drink a cup of coffee, I can never pass on a coffee dessert and this one looks perfect for these summery days that are finally here!

    • It is starting too feel like summer right Annika and finally too! Do try it with lots of whipped cream and maybe we’ll just convert you yet😉

  2. Oh wow, this looks amazing! I’ve made coffee Granita before, but never thought about adding amaretto liquor to it. Such a great idea. Will definitely keep this in mind for next time. Thanks for the inspiration! 🙂

    • The Amaretto certainly kicks it up a notch and this frozen treat is so, so refreshing on hot humid days. Don’t skimp on the whipped cream Ronit and thanks so much💕

  3. This looks sensational, Marisa! I adore desserts with a coffee component. Affogato is another of my favourites. Lovely post. Thank you.

  4. What a perfect dessert Marisa! I’ve been on a coffee-infused sweet tooth kick lately, and I’d just dive right into this!

    • Hi Kathryn, glad to hear you like it! I do believe your weather is hotter then ours so this would definitely hit the spot😊

  5. Thanks Merisa! Another winner. And so easy – just follow the method!

  6. Mmmmh! Usually, I’m not a huge fan of coffee in desserts, despite being a supreme coffeeholic otherwise, but this one sounds absolutely divine!

  7. A refreshing and welcome dolce during the dog days of summer, which by the way we are experiencing in California at the moment. Thank you for this lovely reminder that we don’t need to bake to have a special dessert.

    • Refreshing treats certainly make these muggy days bearable. Here in Montreal we sometimes enjoy hot chocolate and frozen treats all in one week, that’s how crazy our weather fluctuates…but no complaints here as our summers are too short! Thanks Paula. 🙂

  8. I love the addition of Amaretto! So sophisticated!