Cafe au Lait Sno Ball at Sal's Sno Balls in Old Metairie
Photo by Sara Essex Bradley

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1 gallon syrup or 16 servings

  • 10 tablespoons coffee
  • 5 pounds sugar
  • 1 gallon water
  • Shaved ice
  1. Place coffee into 4-cup container. Add enough water to measure 4 cups, then let coffee steep 8 hours. Pour through fine-mesh strainer. Repeat straining until all coffee grounds are removed. Reserve.
  2. Pour sugar into gallon container. Add enough water to measure 1 gallon and stir 5 minutes. Let mixture rest 15 minutes or until sugar dissolves and syrup is formed. Stir 5 more minutes if necessary.
  3. Pour coffee into gallon-size container. Fill with enough syrup to measure 1 gallon. Store in refrigerator until ready to use.
  4. Fill 12-ounce glass with shaved ice, then add 8 ounces coffee syrup. Serve immediately.



  1. To make café au lait syrup, combine 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk with 18 ounces coffee syrup.
  • from Steven Bel of Sal's Sno-Balls, Metairie, Louisiana

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