New Orleans Cold Brew Coffee Recipe

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This cold brew New Orleans coffee recipe creates the perfect summertime drink, with a wonderfully strong and distinct flavor. It’s a great coffee recipe to make at home. Mixed with some lovely homemade syrup and a hit of chicory, you can’t go wrong!

New Orleans coffee is one of my favorite summertime drinks! It’s hard to find New Orleans style cold brew at coffee shops, so I decided to make my own.

You can serve this coffee drink at a brunch or just enjoy on a hot summer day.

New Orleans Iced Coffee

We used Blue Bottle coffee beans and ground chicory, I bought here.

The coffee and chicory brew for 12 hours and it creates a very strong and distinct coffee flavor. Then you add whole milk (or half and half) and sweeten it with homemade simple syrup.

I store the coffee in the fridge and add the milk and sweetener in each cup in the morning, rather than mixing it all together. That way you can control how sweet you want it!

What you Need To Make Cold Brew Coffee


Here’s what you’ll need to make a New Orleans Coffee:

Coffee Grounds





You can use a Toddy, which I love for cold brew. Follow our post all about the Toddy system, but when making this coffee, you’ll added an extra cup of water. If you don’t have a Toddy, no worries! You can use a large pot with a lid.

Pot with Lid

A pot works well to make this style of coffee too. Add the coffee, water, and chicory in a covered pot for 12 hours and let it sit at room temperature to brew.

Then strain through a sieve to remove the ground coffee.

coffee ice cubes

Coffee Cubes

You can make coffee cubes by pouring some of the coffee into large ice cube trays and made coffee cubes. This makes your iced coffee extra strong and not watered down!

What is a New Orleans coffee?

New Orleans coffee is brewed from roasted coffee grounds and roasted chicory. It’s the chicory that gives the coffee a unique flavor and sweetness and compliments the dark roasts flavor too. This is what makes the coffee New Orleans style.

pouring New Orleans coffee into a glass

Why does New Orleans coffee have chicory?

New Orleans locals added chicory to their coffee grounds to help make their limited coffee supply last the blockade. Chicory can be used on its own or mixed with a dark coffee roast to complement the flavor. 

What’s So Special About Cold Brew Coffee?

Cold brew is made from coffee beans that have been steeped in cold water for 12 to 24 hours, rather like you would when using an over sized tea bag, but using coffee.

It’s actually time, rather than heat, that extracts the flavor, caffeine, and sugars from the coffee beans. This whole process gives the coffee a smoothness that’s unlike any traditionally brewed coffee.

Is Cold Brew Stronger Than Regular Coffee?

Cold brew coffee drinks usually have less caffeine than regular coffee. But, cold brew coffee is typically made with a higher ratio of coffee to water ― 2 to 2 1/2 times more ― which means it is stronger than if made with a more conventional coffee-to-water ratio.

adding cream to New Orleans coffee

Cold Brew Health Benefits

Coffee beans contain antioxidants and other nutrients that your body needs to function.

Without heat involved in the coffee making process, there is less extraction of chlorogenic acid, an antioxidant your body uses to fight off disease and aging.

Also, heat brewed coffee is a lot more acidic than cold brew, so it’s better for coffee drinkers with more sensitive stomachs.

Top Tips For Cold Brew Coffee

  • Use Good Coffee Beans
  • Use Filtered Water
  • Make Sure To Soak The Brew Overnight
  • Store The Coffee In a Tight Container
iced coffee with chicory

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Adding cream to cold brew coffee

New Orleans Cold Brew Coffee Recipe

Make coffee like they do in the South!
4.23 from 9 votes
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Course: Drink
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 1kcal
Author: Eden



  • I always follow the Toddy directions you can see here, but this time added an extra cup of water. If you don’t have a Toddy you can brew the coffee, water and chicory in a covered pot for 12 hours. Then strain through a sieve to remove the ground the coffee.
  • I also poured some of the coffee into large ice cube trays and made coffee cubes!! This makes your iced coffee extra strong and not watered down!


Calories: 1kcal | Carbohydrates: 0g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 26mg | Potassium: 41mg | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 80IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 0.1mg
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7 thoughts on “New Orleans Cold Brew Coffee Recipe”

  1. 5 stars
    I made this but with the Cafe du Monde and OMG so good!!! For the sweet cream I used almond milk, vanilla bourbon extract, and Whole Earth sweetner (monk fruit and erythritol). So good!!

  2. Nice photos and description!
    Why is it called New Orleans style coffee though?
    It’s just cold brew coffee with a few coffee cubes, is there origin or something?


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