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Kicked-up Coffee Granita with Baileys and Kahlua

  You guys are in for a treat!  This coffee granita is the best version of iced coffee that we have ever tasted! 

This coffee granita is maybe a bit more time consuming to make than throwing some ice and espresso in a blender, but damn its good!  And we say its worth it!  Its not that it takes that much effort, it just takes some time in the freezer is all…

Coffee Granita with pretty espresso beans on top

We got the idea for this recipe from The Pioneer Woman’s cookbook.  Only we kicked it up a notch, CWC style!   The original recipe has just coffee on the bottom and cream mixed with sugar and vanilla bean on the top, but we thought it would be much better with Kahlua and Baileys.  We mixed Kahlua with the coffee for the bottom and we mixed Baileys with the cream for the top.  Oh ya…!

Coffee Granita in tall glasses with the cream mixture swirling with the coffee mixture

Like I said before, we had to wait a while for this coffee granita to freeze and every once in a while we had to stir it up a little with a fork so it got all nice and slushy.

A spoon scooping Coffee Granita

When we took that first bite of this coffee granita, dang it was good!  Like no ice coffee I have ever had before!  Strong coffee, slightly sweet and creamy from the topping.  You can really taste the vanilla bean in the cream too.  Its just plain heavenly I tell ya….

Coffee Granita waiting to be eaten/drank

I wouldn’t recommend having this coffee granita too often though, they are not exactly light on the calories with all that cream, but we were thinking that you could lighten it up quite a bit if we mixed the Baileys with coconut or almond milk, or regular milk for that matter.  Maybe we will try that next time.  Or maybe not…!

Coffee Granita

Kicked-up Coffee Grantia with Baileys and Kahlua

Coffee Granita with strong coffee and kahlua on the bottom, and slightly sweet and creamy cream and bailey's on the top. Its just plain heavenly.
4.50 from 6 votes
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Course: Drink
Cuisine: Canadian
Prep Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 4 cocktails
Calories: 352kcal
Author: Julie & Debbie


  • 2 cups Half-and-Half Cream (or whatever milk)
  • 1 Vanilla Bean
  • 4 oz Baileys Irish Cream (or Carolyns)
  • 4 cups good Strong Coffee
  • 4 oz Kahlua


  • Make your strong coffee and set aside in a large glass container to cool. Its best if the container is large so that the coffee is in a thin layer. It will freeze faster this way.
  • Add the cream to a freezer proof container. Glass works well.  Scrape out the insides of the vanilla bean and add it to the cream. Mix it up well with a wisk till all the sticky vanilla breaks apart.  Add the Baileys and stir!
  • Add the Kahlua to the cooled coffee and stir.
  • Put both containers in the freezer and set a timer for 45 min.
  • In 45 mins, take the containers out and scrape them with a fork or move them around a little. Then put back in the freezer and set the timer for 45 mins again.  Keep repeating this until both the coffee and the cream are good and slushy.
  • Fill up a glass with the coffee slush first and top with the cream slush and serve.


Serving: 1cocktail | Calories: 352kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 44mg | Sodium: 56mg | Potassium: 273mg | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 430IU | Vitamin C: 1.1mg | Calcium: 132mg | Iron: 0.1mg


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    1. Hi Hope, I think you could use an ice cream maker, however you have to do the two layers separately so unless you have two icecream makers… Also, the ice cream maker might just make ice cream with the top and the granita is meant to be more of an icy consistency, not like ice cream. I think it would still taste amazing though! Give it a shot, let us know how it turns out 🙂

  1. Oh my goodness. So here it is fall, but its feeling like winter. Never mind that! THIS is what I am craving! I’ll eat/drink this by a toasty fire. Can’t wait to give this a go… perhaps this weekend?! Thank you for your recipe, Julie and Debbie!

  2. Looks fantastic! … Where could I find those glasses? Looks like the Libbye Catalina cordials which I am not able to find retail!! Would appreciate any link to a source! Thanks 🙂

  3. Thanks for the post. I will try to make this coffee grantia, when I will through the cocktail party. Now I keep up this post. thanks again. 🙂

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