How To Make New Orleans Iced Coffee: 8 Easy Steps

If there’s any place in America you can rely on for great quality coffee, it’s got to be Louisiana’s Crescent City, New Orleans.

You wonder, what’s anything other than a café du Monde this city can offer? Enter the New Orleans Iced Coffee. It’s typically brewed from dark-roasted coffee grounds and a secret ingredient—roasted chicory. The presence of chicory makes coffee sweeter without taking away anything from the depth of the dark roasted coffee. Because the city is so hot and humid, this recipe is more commonly known as an iced coffee-style preparation. But if you like, you can have it as a hot drink as well.

The Recipe Specifications

  • Time required: 5 minutes
  • Drink size: 12–16 oz. (per serving)
  • Drink ratio: 1:2:4 (milk to condensed milk to coffee)


  • A tall serving glass
  • A mesh strainer
  • A glass jar/ container


  • Strong, dark-roasted coffee grounds
  • Fresh, cold water
  • A half-teaspoon of condensed milk
  • One tablespoon of ground chicory
  • A quarter cup of milk
  • Ice cubes

Step-By-Step Instructions

Step 1

Take your fresh dark-roasted ground coffee and mix it with cold fresh water. Follow your preferred cold brew water-to-coffee ratio. We recommend a 1:6 coffee-to-water ratio

Step 2

Now take 1 spoonful of ground chicory and add it to the coffee solution. Stir well to get an even distribution of the chicory

Step 3

Pour the mixture into a jar or an airtight container. Keep the coffee mixture in the refrigerator overnight

Step 4

The next morning, take out the jar. Take a tall glass and fill it with ice cubes

Step 5

Now pour the cold coffee into a cup through a fine-mesh sieve. The sieve will prevent the grounds and chicory from getting into the coffee

Step 6

It’s time to pour the milk into the coffee. It’s best to use whole milk but feel free to use other types of milk

Step 7

Finally, add the sweetened condensed milk to the coffee blend. Give it a good stir

Step 8

Now serve this slightly sweet yet very creamy iced coffee!

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