Our Vanilla Espresso Martini Granita recipe is a luxurious combination of flavours that delivers everything you know and love about espresso martinis, but in granita form. The perfect make-ahead dinner party treat, festive pick me up or a cocktail hour favourite, this easy-to-put-together recipe can be kept frozen for up to two weeks ahead, giving you more time in the kitchen for your other creations. Consider adding whipped cream or serving with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!

15 min + freezing


  1. 1 1/2 cups (375ml) water
  2. 1/4 cup (55g) sugar
  3. 1 tsp Queen Vanilla Bean Paste
  4. 1/3 cup (80ml) coffee liqueur
  5. 1/3 cup (80ml) espresso coffee
  6. 1/3 cup (80ml) vodka


  1. Step 1

    Combine sugar and water in a medium saucepan and heat over medium high heat, stirring until sugar has melted. Reduce to a simmer and continue to heat for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.

  2. Step 2

    Once cool, place in a medium baking dish and add coffee liqueur, espresso coffee and vodka. Place in the freezer and each hour, take a fork, and fluff up the ice crystals freezing for at least 4 hours. Scoop into dessert or cocktail glasses and garnish with coffee beans immediately before serving.

Tip – This granita can be made and kept frozen for up to two weeks ahead.

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