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Iced Brown Sugar Shaken Espresso

This homemade iced oat milk brown sugar shaken espresso is the perfect Starbucks copycat! Made with a slightly sweet homemade brown sugar syrup, creamy oat milk, and a punch of caffeine-filled espresso.

homemade iced brown sugar oat milk shaken espresso in a glass.

If you want to save a few dollars by not constantly going through the coffee drive-thru, I have you covered with this HOMEMADE iced brown sugar oat milk shaken espresso.

Plus, it’s made with homemade copycat Starbucks brown sugar syrup!

It’s slightly sweet, packed full of caffeine, and extra creamy with the addition of oat milk. If I’m feeling fancy, I might even serve it in a mason jar with a sprinkle of ground cinnamon.

I don’t drink a ton of coffee, and most weeks, I maybe have a cup or two, BUT when it comes to this iced brown sugar oatmilk shaken espresso, I find myself craving it daily.

It’s not overly sweet but can be adjusted based on how you like your coffee. I’m more of a less sweet person as I would rather eat than drink my sweets.

PLUS, you know how I love making Starbucks drinks at home. Do you all remember my Homemade Starbucks Pink Drink? I still make that!

Ingredients for Starbucks iced brown sugar shaken espresso

You only need simple ingredients to make this delicious drink right at home!

Using full-fat oat milk

Full-fat oat milk will give you the most creamy texture and resemble the coffee drink you would get at Starbucks.

It tastes delicious and is relatively easy to find at most grocery stores.

There are a lot of different brands, but my favorite is Chobani Extra Creamy. It’s so dang good!

You can also find barista edition oat milk specially made to ensure it froths up beautifully and will not separate when added to hot beverages.

Difference between a latte and a shaken espresso

It comes down to temperature, texture, and taste.

Lattes are all about creaminess, offering a more mellow and milky coffee experience. They can also be served both hot and iced.

Shaken espressos, on the other hand, are about that refreshing, frothy kick, with the espresso’s flavor shining brightly, complemented by a slightly creamy finish.

Using brown sugar syrup

For this coffee drink, you will want to make your brown sugar syrup, and luckily, I have perfected that recipe!

Just click on the link to be taken to the post on how to make and storage of your syrup.

If you’re not a fan of brown sugar syrup, you can also try my Homemade Cinnamon Dolce Syrup or my Homemade Gingerbread Syrup.

oat milk being poured into a shaken espresso.

What is a shaken espresso?

Shaken espresso is a hot espresso shot shaken with ice and usually blended with some sweetener (we’re using a homemade brown sugar syrup) and creamy dairy or non-dairy beverage.

You can adjust this recipe to use as many shots of espresso as you desire, so it’s adaptable to your personal preferences.

Also, I used medium roast espresso, but you could also use blonde espresso roast coffee beans if you prefer the flavor.

I don’t own an espresso machine

Don’t worry if you have a fancy espresso maker in your home.

You can substitute your favorite cold brew coffee, freshly brewed strong coffee, or even a store-bought iced coffee. If you have a Nespresso machine, this is also a great option.

If you’re looking for a good espresso machine recommendation, I enjoy the Breville.

Using alternative diary and non-dairy milk

I love oat milk, BUT that doesn’t mean everyone else does.

This drink also works with dairy milk, half and half, almond milk, soy milk, macadamia nut milk, cashew milk, or even coconut milk.

You could also do this with flavored creamers, but since you’re adding brown sugar syrup, you’ll want to ensure you don’t make your drink too sweet.

2 glasses of iced brown sugar oat milk shaken espresso.

More copycat Starbucks drinks

Iced Oat Milk Brown Sugar Shaken Espresso

This homemade iced brown sugar shaken espresso is the perfect Starbucks copycat! Made with a slightly sweet homemade brown sugar syrup, creamy oat milk, and a punch of caffeine-filled espresso.
4.70 from 10 votes
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 drink



  • Fill a cocktail shaker with 1 cup of ice.
  • Add espresso shot and brown sugar syrup.
  • Shake vigorously until well combined.
  • Fill a glass with the remaining 1 cup of ice and pour the shaken espresso over it.
  • Top with oat milk and serve.   


Serving: 1g | Calories: 172kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 104mg | Potassium: 86mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 39g | Vitamin A: 246IU | Calcium: 192mg | Iron: 2mg
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword brown sugar oat milk shaken espresso, copycat starbucks, homemade starbucks, iced coffee, iced espresso, shaken espresso
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Monday 17th of May 2021

Hi! You use all of the brown sugar syrup made in one drink? Am I reading that correctly?


Friday 3rd of March 2023

@JB, It says 2 TBSP.


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