Kicked-up Coffee Granita with Baileys and Kahlua

You guys are in for a treat!

This iced coffee 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

This month we are reviewing another cookbook.  This time it’s a Pioneer Woman Cookbook,  “A Year of Holidays”  and this was one of the recipes we decided to make for our cookbook review.  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

Like I said before, we had to wait a while for this concoction 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.   While we waited, we looked through our new cookbook, checking out all the recipes.  I have to say, I am really liking this one.  There are a ton of recipes that I am going to try.  We will post our full review of the book on Monday, but this is a sneak peak ;).

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

I wouldn’t recommend having these 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.  We will try it next time and update this post after to let you know how it is.

Kicked-up Coffee Grantia with Baileys and Kahlua
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Total time
Recipe type: Drink
Serves: 4
  • 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
  1. 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.
  2. Add the cream to a freezer proof container. Glass works well.
  3. 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.
  4. Add the Baileys and stir!
  5. Add the Kahlua to the coffee and stir.
  6. Put both containers in the freezer and set a timer for 45 min.
  7. 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.
  8. Keep repeating this until both the coffee and the cream are good and slushy.
  9. Fill up a glass with the coffee slush first and top with the cream slush and serve.


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    • Julie and Debbie says

      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. says

    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. DeeDee says

    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 :)

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