Best Iced Brown Sugar Shaken Recipe Ever (Starbucks Copycat)

iced brown sugar oatmilk shaken espresso

One of my favorite drinks on the Starbucks menu is the Iced Brown Sugar Oatmilk Shaken Espresso. The way the ingredients create a frothy, slightly sweet, cinnamony espresso with a serious caffeine kick is pure magic. 

I’d created a version with my homemade brown sugar cinnamon syrup before, but wanted to perfect it with the separate ingredients. The granuled brown sugar and cinnamon agitate the espresso a bit more, creating an even foamier texture which I am totally obsessed with. 

But, in a hilarious turn of events, I have had the worst luck ever finding a drink shaker that I can use for shaken espresso drinks. I’ve returned not one, not two, but three drink shakers for issues like leaking, having a lid that I simply cannot get off, and other nightmarish adventures that have led to big messes while making this drink. 

I finally gave up on the shaker idea and used a little protein shaker blender cup I already had and voila – what do you know – perfectly shaken espresso without the fuss. I had what I needed in my cabinet all along. Don’t you hate it when that happens? 

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Ingredients for Iced Brown Sugar Oatmilk Shaken Espresso: 

iced brown sugar oatmilk shaken espresso

You only need a few things to make this drink and have it taste so much like the Starbucks one it’ll blow your mind. 

  • Light brown sugar: The shining star of this drink. Two tablespoons of brown sugar sweeten this coffee, while playing nicely with the coffee flavor without covering it up as much as regular sugar. It’s a match made in heaven. I used light brown sugar here, but you could get away with dark if that’s all you have. You could even use brown sugar syrup. I have recipes on here for brown sugar syrup and brown sugar cinnamon syrup and both work great. 
  • Espresso: A double shot Nespresso pod was my choice here. Use what you have, whether that’s really strong hot coffee, hot instant coffee, a double espresso pod, etc. I’ve made the drink with strong cold brew as well, but you’re going to get less froth. I use my Nespresso Vertuoline machine to make espresso and it makes it so easy. 
  • Cinnamon: Just a pinch is good here. I loooove cinnamon, so I used 1/4 teaspoon and I can taste it, which is what I like. Adjust according to your own preference. 
  • Vanilla extract: When making a brown sugar syrup, I add a little vanilla extract, so since I’m using separate ingredients, I added 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract here to balance out the flavors and it worked really well. If you don’t have any, you can make the drink without it. 
  • Oatmilk: Yup, the original and this one use oatmilk. I think it goes very well with the flavors. But, use the milk you prefer and have on hand. You’ll need around 1/2 a cup or so. 
  • Ice: A half cup of ice to shake and another 1/2 cup to 1 cup of ice to serve. 
  • Shaker: You’ll need something to shake it with. Either a blender cup like I have, a drink shaker, a mason jar with a lid, etc. Use what you have or what’s easy. 

Now that you’ve assembled everything you need here, it’s time to make the best drink ever. You’re going to impress yourself with the coffee house quality drink you’re about to make. 

How To Make an Iced Brown Sugar Oatmilk Shaken Espresso: 

I put together a little video to guide you through it, but the steps are also spelled out below. 

  • Brew two espresso shots
  • Add espresso, 2tbsp. brown sugar, 1/2tsp. vanilla syrup, 1/4tsp. cinnamon, and 1/2 cup ice to a shaker. 

iced brown sugar oatmilk shaken espresso

  • Shake, shake, shake

iced brown sugar oatmilk shaken espresso

  • Add 1/2 cup or more of ice to a glass
  • Pour coffee mixture to the ice
  • Add 1/4-1/2 oatmilk to your glass
  • Stir if needed
  • Drink and enjoy!

It’s super easy once you get it all figured out. Now that I know how to make it and have a shaker I can actually use, it only takes a couple minutes to put it all together. After all, Starbucks couldn’t offer a drink that would take forever to make. Can you imagine how long their lines would be if they did?

Your Questions Answered:

iced brown sugar oatmilk shaken espresso

Can I use another milk besides oatmilk?

Yup, use whatever you have and like in your coffee. 

How much caffeine is in the iced brown sugar oatmilk shaken espresso?

You’ll have caffeine from the espresso or type of coffee that you use. Typically, one shot of espresso has around 75mg of caffeine. Check out this post for more information on how much caffeine is in the coffee type you drink. 

Is the iced brown sugar oatmilk shaken espresso sweet?

This drink definitely has a medium level of sweetness. It’s not as sweet as a drink like a mocha or caramel frappuccino. It’s also more sweet than the Toasted Vanilla Shaken Espresso and the Chocolate Almondmilk Shaken Espresso drinks.  If you’re making it at home, you can customize it to your own preferences to make it the right level of sweetness for you. 

Can the iced brown sugar oatmilk shaken espresso be made keto or low calorie?

Yes, you can reduce the calories, carbs and sugars by switching the milk for heavy cream and reducing the amount of brown sugar that you put in. 

Can the iced brown sugar oatmilk shaken espresso be made vegan?

Sure thing! Oatmilk is made from oats, so as long as you make it just as described, it’ll be vegan. 

Is the iced brown sugar oatmilk shaken espresso good?

I think this is one of the best tasting coffee drinks released in awhile. It’s a mid-level of sweetness, uses far less syrups than other drinks, packs in the caffeine, and has a delicious froth thanks to the shaking. 


Thanks for reading. I hope you try this drink and love it. 

Get roasted, 


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