Dirty Chai Granita

This layered dessert combines alternating layers of espresso and chai spice flavored granitas, with some whipped cream in between. It’s a riff on the popular coffee bar order known as a “Dirty Chai Latte”.

  • Servings: Makes 8 servings


  1. Combine espresso and sugar. Stir until sugar has dissolved. Cool. Pour into a square metal pan, ideally, or a steel bowl. Place in freezer.
  2. Pour Chai into similar vessel and also place in freezer.
  3. After an hour, mix each with a fork, scraping all frozen bits from the sides of the pans. Return to freezer. Continue fork scraping every hour or so until thoroughly frozen and granular.
  4. Just before serving, whip cream. Layer in 8 glasses: 1/2 cup espresso granita on the bottom, then ¼ cup whipped cream, then ½ cup Chai granita, top with ¼ cup whipped cream and a sprinkle of cardamom.

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