Ultra Iced Coffee

Ultra Iced Coffee Photo: Con Poulos; Stylist: Tiziana Agnello


  • 9 tablespoons espresso or Italian-roast ground coffee
  • 4 cups boiling water
  • 1/4 cup raw sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup crushed mint leaves
  • 1 (1-inch) piece grated peeled fresh ginger
  • 6 teaspoons sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 cups fat-free milk


  1. Place a 13- x 9-inch baking pan in the freezer. Place coffee in a French press and add the boiling water. If using a drip coffee maker, substitute the same amount of cold water and brew.

  2. Combine the sugar, cinnamon, mint, and ginger in a medium bowl. While the coffee is still hot, pour it over the sugar mixture in the bowl, stirring well until the sugar is dissolved. Let steep for flavors to combine (about 30 minutes). Strain 1/2 of the coffee into the cold baking pan and 1/2 into a pitcher. Return the baking pan to the freezer and put the pitcher in the refrigerator.

  3. Check the pan in the freezer after about 2 hours. Using a large fork, scrape any frozen coffee around in the pan; continue to check and scrape the pan every hour for an additional 2 hours. (Once it is made, the granita may be used as needed for up to one week; keep covered with plastic wrap.)

  4. To serve: Fill a medium glass 1/2 full with frozen coffee granita. Drizzle 1 teaspoon sweetened condensed milk over the granita. Fill the glass with the cold refrigerated coffee. Top with milk as desired; serve.

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  • Using a French press will create a strong coffee that keeps its bold flavor even when frozen. The caffeine in coffee can speed up metabolism and burn fat, which helps lower your risk of type 2 diabetes and obesity. Garnish with mint leaves and peeled fresh ginger to give this low-cal drink a sweet twist.
  • Yield: Makes 6 servings (serving size: 8 ounces)

Nutritional Information

Calories per serving: 82
Fat per serving: 1g
Saturated fat per serving: 1g
Monounsaturated fat per serving: 0.0g
Polyunsaturated fat per serving: 0.0g
Protein per serving: 3g
Carbohydrate per serving: 16g
Fiber per serving: 0.0g
Cholesterol per serving: 4mg
Iron per serving: 0.0mg
Sodium per serving: 65mg
Calcium per serving: 127mg