Iced Brown Sugar Oat Milk Shaken Espresso

With this easy copycat recipe, you can make a Starbucks copycat Iced Brown Sugar Oat Milk Shaken Espresso in the comfort of your own home! This delicious recipe is so simple and makes a tasty espresso beverage just as good as the coffee shops.

Two glasses of iced coffee with brown sugar syrup and a spoon.

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Iced Brown Sugar Oat Milk Shaken Espresso Recipe

If you’ve got a sweet tooth and love coffee, then this incredible brown sugar espresso drink will be your new bestie! Dark brown sugar, blonde espresso and creamy oat milk come together to make the iced coffee drink of your dreams.

This is an easy copycat recipe for a Starbucks drink that has become increasingly popular in recent years. But, let’s be honest. Most of us would love to save a few bucks by making our own delicious coffee drinks right at home.

I’ve learned to make insanely good cold brew coffee at home, and now I don’t even want to grab it at a coffee shop. And after making brown sugar shaken espresso at home, I don’t think I’ll need to grab it at Starbucks again either! It really is that good.

Make a brown sugar espresso drink that challenges the Starbucks version head to head. The best part — you can make it in your own kitchen while still in your PJs. That’s a win in my book!

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Why you’ll love this recipe

You are going to adore this delicious iced coffee recipe!

  • Save money by making your favorite iced coffee drink at home. You can use the ingredients in this recipe for tons of other drinks too!
  • Making your own iced brown sugar oat milk shaken espresso will help to ensure quality of ingredients. If you have dietary restrictions or allergies, this could be a major plus for you.
  • If you like strong coffee, no need to pay for extra espresso shots. You can make it extra strong, just how you like it — no additional charge.
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What is an Iced Brown Sugar Shaken Espresso?

Iced brown sugar oat milk shaken espresso is a drink that originated at Starbucks. This tasty beverage has quite a big following and has become really popular.

It uses a few pumps of brown sugar sugar syrup, some cinnamon, blonde espresso, a unsweetened oat milk to make a syrupy, sweet drink that’s good to the very last drop.

Tools & glassware 

To make this yummy homemade recipe, you’ll need a few important tools.

Grab a cocktail shaker or a large mason jar — you’ll use this to shake the coffee drink together. Make sure to have a fine mesh strainer on hand, as that will be used to strain the drink.

An espresso maker or coffee maker is necessary to make this recipe as well.

Serve your completed drink in a tall glass or glass jar with a straw.

Espresso dripping out of an espresso machine into a glass espresso shot glass with a handle. .


A Starbucks shaken espresso contains some pretty specific ingredients, but there are ways to tweak it which we’ll get into below.

So here are the simple ingredients you need to make a homemade version of the real thing:

  • blonde espresso: The Starbucks website says that it uses blonde espresso. However, you really can use any kind of espresso you want. Get adventurous and make this drink your own.
  • brown sugar syrup: Buy this at the grocery store or make your own brown sugar simple syrup really easily with just brown sugar and water.
  • oat milk: The oat milk brand you use doesn’t really matter. Just try and choose something creamy!
  • ground cinnamon
  • ice
A jar of coffee and a jar of syrup.

Substitutions & variations

While this recipe calls for pretty specific ingredients, coffee shops are all about customizing your drink! So you can do that at home too. Here are a few different ways to explore this copycat Starbucks coffee drink:

Quick version: Instead of having to do the step of adding cinnamon, you could make a brown sugar cinnamon syrup.

Different milks: Feel free to use soy milk or almond milk instead of oat milk. You can use whole milk or skim milk too, but avoid using half-and-half or heavy cream because they will become too thick when shaken.

Mocha shaken espresso: Turn this recipe into a chocolate dream with some homemade chocolate syrup thrown into the mix.

Gingerbread shaken espresso: Swap the light brown sugar syrup for this gingerbread syrup and make a morning coffee perfect for the holidays.

Sugar cookie shaken espresso: Instead of a rich brown sugar syrup, use sugar cookie syrup and make a creamy oat milk drink that tastes like a big cookie.

Sugar-free shaken espresso: Use sugar-free simple syrup or honey simple syrup in this recipe to make something without sugar. You could also use coconut sugar in the recipe for as a refined sugar replacement.

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How to make espresso

The easiest way to make this easy copycat recipe is with an espresso machine. Personally, I use a Nespresso machine and I love it.

Having it on hand for easy lattes and cappuccinos has been a game changer. It is definitely the easiest way to make espresso drinks at home.

If you don’t have an espresso machine, you can still make this recipe! Just use very strong coffee or brew espresso another way:

  • With an Aeropress: Learn how to use this easy method for making coffee and espresso. It’s really simple!
  • With a stovetop espresso maker: You can make really good espresso on the stove top with a simple little pot like this.
  • Using Instant espresso powder: This is probably my least favorite method becuase the flavor isn’t very fresh. However, it’s great in a pinch especially good for traveling or if you can’t access these other methods.

Check out these tips for making a latte without an espresso machine.

A cup of coffee and a jar of syrup.

Brown sugar syrup instructions

You can make your own brown sugar syrup in just a few easy steps:

  1. Pour equal parts brown sugar and cold water into a small saucepan.
  2. Turn up the heat to medium-high and stir until the sugar dissolves into the hot water. Don’t let it boil.
  3. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature.
  4. You can use it immediately if desired. Let cool completely before storing in a food-safe, airtight bottle, such as a mason jar or other airtight container.

How to make Iced Brown Sugar Oat Milk Shaken Espresso

Here’s how to make this Iced Brown Sugar Oat Milk Shaken Espresso recipe:

A cup of coffee being poured into a metal cup.
A person pouring a drink into a stainless steel cup.

Pour espresso, brown sugar syrup and cinnamon into a cocktail shaker or mason jar filled with ice.

Cover and shake well until all ingredients are thoroughly incorporated.

A person pouring coffee into a glass.
A glass of iced coffee with ice cubes.

Pour the mixture into the a tall glass and then add ice over top.

Oat milk being poured into a glass of iced coffee.
An iced coffee being poured into a glass.

Top with oat milk until the glass is full and then sprinkle more cinnamon on top. Add a straw and sip immediately!

Tips & tricks

Here are some tips and tricks for making this recipe:

  • I have found that the best espresso is not found in a local grocery store. Instead, buy your espresso beans at local coffee shops that have fresh roasted beans.
  • Make a frothy mixture for the top of your brown sugar shaken espresso by frothing the oat milk with a milk frother and pouring it over the top of the completed drink.
  • Be sure to use plenty of ice! Keeping the drink cold throughout the entire process will give you the best end result.
Two glasses of iced coffee with brown sugar syrup and a spoon.

What to serve with Iced Brown Sugar Oat Milk Shaken Espresso

Serve this copycat drink with some of my favorite copycat snack recipes!

These bakery style blueberry muffins and fluffy madeleines would be delicious alongside an iced coffee. In the fall, pumpkin bread is the perfect pairing with this fantastic drink.

If you need a quick breakfast on-the-go to pair with your coffee, egg bites are a wonderful source of protein. This shakshuka eggs benedict recipe is perfect when your want something extra fun for breakfast on the weekend.

And if you’re looking for another easy protein packed meal to go with your coffee, peanut butter overnight oats are a go-to recipe of mine!


Can I make brown sugar shaken espresso hot?

While it won’t technically be “shaken”, you can make this recipe warm instead of iced! Just stir syrups and oat milk into hot espresso, top with cinnamon, and enjoy.

How much caffeine is in two shots of blonde espresso?

Blonde espresso is actually quite strong and can be anywhere from 75-95mg of caffeine per shot. Depending on the roast you are using, the amount of caffeine can vary.

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Iced Brown Sugar Oat Milk Shaken Espresso

Yield: 1 drink
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Shake up your own Iced Brown Sugar Oat Milk Shaken Espresso at home with this easy recipe.
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Brown Sugar Syrup

  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup water

Iced Brown Sugar Oat Milk Shaken Espresso

  • 2 shots espresso slightly cooled
  • ½ ounce brown sugar syrup to taste
  • 6 ounces oat milk
  • ½ cup ice
  • 1 pinch cinnamon


Brown Sugar Simple Syrup

  • In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine sugar and water. Stir until sugar has dissolved. Do not let boil.
  • Remove from heat and let cool completely.Store in a mason jar for up to one month.

Iced Brown Sugar Oat Milk Shaken Espresso

  • Add espresso and brown sugar syrup to a cocktail shaker or mason jar filled with ice. Cover and shake well to incorporate.
  • Add ice to a glass. Strain the espresso mixture over the top.
  • Top with oat milk. Sprinkle cinnamon on top.


Mix things up with one of these ideas: 
Flavored shaken espresso: Use flavored simple syrups to make this recipe taste any way you like it. 
Sugar-free shaken espresso: Use sugar-free simple syrup with stevia or an unrefined sugar syrup like maple syrup or honey simple syrup in this recipe.
Oat-free shaken espresso: You can use soy milk, almond milk or coconut milk instead. Whole milk or skim milk will also work, but half-and-half and heavy cream will be too thick. When shaken, they will firm up too much. 

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nutrition information

Yield: 1 drink

amount per serving:

Serving: 8ounces Calories: 136kcal Carbohydrates: 29g Protein: 3g Fat: 2g Saturated Fat: 0.1g Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g Sodium: 98mg Potassium: 164mg Fiber: 2g Sugar: 24g Vitamin A: 354IU Vitamin C: 0.1mg Calcium: 253mg Iron: 2mg
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