Iced Brown Sugar Oatmilk Shaken Espresso

This Copycat Starbucks Iced Brown Sugar Oat Milk Shaken Espresso is so simple to make in your own kitchen and is that morning kick you didn’t know you needed!

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Better-Than Starbucks Iced Brown Sugar Oat Milk Shaken Espresso

There’s nothing like a Starbucks dupe that you can make in your own home. Save money + drink a coffee shop quality drink? I think yes!

You guys have loved our Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew and our Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew and we know this Brown Sugar Oat Milk Shaken Espresso will not disappoint! We know this recipe is a mouthful, but it’s totally worth it!

This yummy coffee drink is slightly sweet and has a hint of cinnamon. We can’t wait for you to make this recipe.

What is In an Iced brown sugar oatmilk shaken espresso?

An iced brown sugar oat milk shaken espresso is made with a delicious brown sugar simple syrup, espresso, oat milk, and ice.

It’s really ALL in the name, isn’t it?

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Brown Sugar Simple Syrup

First things first, this brown sugar shaken espresso is all about the brown sugar simple syrup.

What is simple syrup? Simple syrup is made by diluting sugar in water to form a syrup. You can really use any kind of sugar to make a simple syrup, even honey.

We love that this coffee drink uses a brown sugar simple syrup because it’s warm and bold. It’s also super easy to make. Our brown sugar simple syrup is made with the addition of ground cinnamon and salt for a seriously epic sweetener.

  1. Place water, brown sugar, cinnamon stick, and salt in a small saucepan.
  2. Turn heat to medium high and whisk until the brown sugar has dissolved.
  3. Turn heat down to low and let simmer for 5 minutes.
  4. Transfer into an airtight container and let cool before storing in the fridge for up to 5-7 days.

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Try it!

How to Make Simple Syrup

Simple syrup is a must to keep on hand for cocktails and cakes. Wondering how to make simple syrup? All you need is water, sugar, and a saucepan.

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Now it’s time to brew your espresso. Feel free to use a Nespresso machine for this (using an espresso pod); that’s what we did! You’ll need around 2 oz. espresso.

Don’t worry, if you don’t have an espresso maker in your own home, we have some options for you.

  • Cold brew espresso – this is premade and readily available at most grocery stores. We recommend the Chameleon brand.
  • Instant espresso – comes in a packet that you dilute with water.
  • Brew really strong coffee – brew a cup of super strong coffee. You can use a nomral coffee machine or a French press.

What kind of espresso does Starbucks use?

In the actual Starbucks Iced Brown Sugar Oatmilk Shaken Espresso drink, they use their blonde roast.

pouring espresso into glass

Oat Milk

Oat milk is our choice in non-dairy milk when ordering from coffee shops, specifically Starbucks. And we’re thrilled it’s so easy to find at most coffee shops in the USA.

In March of 2021, Starbucks announced that they’d be serving Oatly at all of their coffee shops. So, if you want to get the most similar taste to the actual drink, we suggest using Oatly Oat Milk Barista Addition.

Other oat milk recommendations include our Homemade Oat Milk recipe or Califia Farms Oatmilk.

Can I use a different kind of milk?

The great thing about this recipe is that it works with any kind of milk. Feel free to use cow’s milk or any other kind of non-dairy milk.

pouring oat milk in coffee glass

How to Make an Iced Brown Sugar Oatmilk Shaken Espresso

Now that you know what you need for this recipe, here’s a quick rundown on how to make it!

  1. Make brown sugar simple syrup.
  2. “Shake” simple syrup with espresso.
  3. Pour mixture over ice.
  4. Top with oat milk.
  5. Stir and enjoy!
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shaken espresso in glass

shaken espresso in glass

Iced Brown Sugar Oat Milk Shaken Espresso

Use this super simple recipe for Starbucks’ Iced Brown Sugar Oat Milk Shaken Espresso to make it in your own kitchen.

Prep: 5 minutesCook: 5 minutesTotal: 10 minutes

Fat 1

Carbs 15

Protein 1

Yield 1 1x


Brown Sugar Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt

Shaken Espresso 

  • 2-oz. espresso* (1/4 cup)
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar simple syrup
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened oat milk
  • 1 cup ice, separated (feel free to use more ice if it looks better!)


Simple Syrup

  1. Add water and brown sugar to a small saucepan and mix. 
  2. Turn to high heat and add cinnamon stick to the saucepan. 
  3. Bring the mixture to a boil and then turn the heat to low. 
  4. Let the simple syrup simmer for 5-10 minutes. 
  5. Remove from heat and let cool. 

Shaken Espresso 

  1. Add 1/2 cup of ice to a mason jar and 1/2 cup of ice to a separate glass.
  2. Next, add espresso and brown sugar simple syrup to the mason jar with the ice. Cover and shake.
  3. Pour the mixture over the ice in the glass.
  4. Empty the mason jar and pour the oat milk into the jar.
  5. Use a frother to froth the oat milk until froth forms.
  6. Pour the oat milk froth over the espresso, mix, and enjoy.

Tips & Notes

  • Can’t make espresso at home? Consider using a premade cold brew espresso or using a strong cup of coffee.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1
Calories: 73
Sugar: 12
Fat: 1
Carbohydrates: 15
Fiber: 0
Protein: 1

Author: Lee FunkeCategory: DrinkMethod: StovetopCuisine: AmericanDiet: Vegan

Keywords: iced brown sugar oatmilk shaken espresso


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