Brown Sugar Shaken Espresso (Starbucks copycat)

Brown Sugar Shaken Espresso (Starbucks copycat)

With just a few ingredients like espresso shots, brown sugar, oat milk, ice, and a touch of cinnamon, you’ll be sipping on a sensational Starbucks copycat in no time.

Type: drink

Cuisine: American

Keywords: shaken espresso, espresso, brown sugar,

Recipe Yield: 1

Calories: 48

Total Time: 5

Recipe Ingredients:

  • espresso shots
  • light brown sugar
  • unsweetened oat milk
  • ice cubes
  • cinnamon

Recipe Instructions: In a cocktail shaker or a tightly sealed jar (such as a Mason jar with a lid), combine the following ingredients: espresso shots, light brown sugar or coconut sugar, ice, and cinnamon. Seal the shaker or jar tightly and shake vigorously for about 30 seconds. This ensures that the ingredients are mixed well and the coffee gets cold. Fill a glass with ice cubes. The amount of ice you use may vary depending on your preference for a stronger or cold coffee. Pour the shaken espresso mixture over the ice followed by oat milk. Sprinkle a dash of cinnamon on the coffee for an extra touch of flavor. Give your drink a gentle stir to ensure the flavors are evenly distributed.

Editor's Rating:
5

Craving the irresistible Iced Brown Sugar Shaken Espresso from Starbucks but don’t want to leave the house? Well, buckle up, coffee enthusiasts, because I’ve got the ultimate Starbucks Brown Sugar Shaken Espresso DIY recipe for you! With just a few ingredients like espresso shots, brown sugar, oat milk, ice, and a touch of cinnamon, you’ll be sipping on a sensational Starbucks copycat in no time.

⭐️ Why You Should Try This Recipe

  • If you’re a coffee lover seeking a refreshing and sweetened caffeine fix, the Iced Brown Sugar Shaken Espresso is a must-try!
  • The combination of rich espresso, sweet brown sugar, creamy oat milk, and a hint of cinnamon creates an irresistible flavor.
  • If you’re a fan of Starbucks’ Iced Brown Sugar Shaken Espresso, this homemade Starbucks Copycat allows you to enjoy the same delicious flavors without the need to leave home or spend extra money.
  • You can adjust the sweetness level to suit your preference.
  • Perfect for hot summer days, this iced drink is a refreshing and cooling ice coffee.
  • With just a few simple ingredients, you can easily create this delicious beverage at home.

❓What is in a Starbucks Iced Brown Sugar Shaken Espresso? 

The inspiration for this recipe is the Starbucks Brown Sugar Iced Shaken Espresso. 

This drink is an iced coffee drink with a base of espresso shots and is shaken with brown sugar (or coconut sugar) to add a touch of sweetness. Adding oat milk or barista oat milk creamer gives the drink a creamy texture, while a dash of cinnamon adds a subtle warming flavor.

I’ve based this recipe on this Starbucks recipe, but honestly, this home version is even better (that’s not only my biased opinion). The ingredients are the same, but the proportions are different, which makes a huge difference. 

Ingredients for brown sugar shaken espresso with descriptive labels.

☕ Ingredient Notes

To make your own iced drink, you will need the following ingredients:

  • Espresso shots – Strong and bold, these shots form the foundation of your drink.
  • Light brown sugar or coconut sugar – For a touch of contrasting sweetness.
  • Unsweetened oat milk or barista oat milk creamer – Provides a creamy texture and complements the flavors.
  • Ice – Adds a refreshing and cooling element to your coffee.
  • Cinnamon – Enhances the taste profile with a subtle warmth.

🥄 Substitutions and Add-Ins

Feel free to experiment and customize your drink. Here are some ideas for substitutions and add-ins:

  • If you prefer a different sweetener, use granulated sugar or substitute brown sugar for coconut sugar.
  • While Starbucks uses oat milk for its creamy texture, you can use almond or soy milk.
  • Add a splash of vanilla extract, caramel syrup, or even a hint of nutmeg for a nice twist.
  • Use more ice cubes or reduce the espresso shots for a less strong coffee.
  • Feel free to use more sugar for a sweeter coffee.

🥤 How to Make Brown Sugar Shaken Espresso (step-by-step with photos)

Step 1.
In a shaker or a tightly sealed jar (such as a Mason jar with a lid), combine the following ingredients: espresso shots, light brown sugar or coconut sugar, ice, and cinnamon.

Step 2.
Seal the shaker or jar tightly and shake vigorously for about 30 seconds. This will ensure the ingredients are thoroughly mixed and the flavors well incorporated.

Step 3.
Fill a glass with ice cubes.

Step 4.
Pour the shaken espresso mixture over the ice followed by the oat milk.

Step 5.
Sprinkle a dash of cinnamon on the drink for an extra touch of flavor.

Step 6.
Give your drink a gentle stir to ensure the flavors are evenly distributed.

Make sure to check the recipe card for the full recipe with the exact quantities and information on all the ingredients.

📔 Tips

  • If you don’t have an espresso machine, you can use strong brewed coffee as a substitute for espresso shots. Adjust the quantity to achieve a similar strength.
  • To make a larger batch for sharing, double or triple the ingredients and adjust the proportions accordingly.
  • Consider adding a dollop of whipped cream on top or drizzling caramel syrup over the drink for an extra indulgence.
  • Make sure to shake the drink super well to get it frothy and chilled before adding it to a glass.

💬 Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make this drink hot instead of iced? 
While the Iced Brown Sugar Shaken Espresso is traditionally served chilled, you can adapt the recipe to make it a warm beverage. Skip the ice and use frothed oat milk or barista oat milk.

Is iced brown sugar shaken espresso sweet?
This Iced Brown Sugar Shaken Espresso is sweet, but not as sweet as the Starbucks version. The combination of brown sugar (or coconut sugar) adds a pleasant sweetness to the coffee. However, you can adjust the level of sweetness to your preference.

Two glasses Iced Brown Sugar Shaken Espresso on a white marble cutting board with a light brown backdrop.

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A glass with iced brown sugar shaken espresso and a separated top layer of white oat milk.

Brown Sugar Shaken Espresso (Starbucks copycat)

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  • Author: Bianca
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Total Time: 5
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: drink
  • Method: cocktail shaker
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This Starbucks copycat for Iced Brown Sugar Shaken Espresso is a refreshing iced coffee drink that combines the boldness of espresso, the sweetness of brown sugar, and the creaminess of oat milk with a hint of cinnamon


Ingredients

Scale
  • 4 espresso shots = 4 oz (120 ml)
  • 23 tsp light brown sugar or coconut sugar (adjust sweetness to your preference)
  • 1/3 cup (80 ml) unsweetened oat milk or barista oat milk creamer
  • 1 ½ cups ice cubes (1 cup for shaking and 1/2 cup for serving)
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon + dash of cinnamon for topping

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker or a tightly sealed jar (such as a Mason jar with a lid), combine the following ingredients: espresso shots, light brown sugar or coconut sugar, ice, and cinnamon.
  2. Seal the shaker or jar tightly and shake vigorously for about 30 seconds. This ensures that the ingredients are mixed well and the coffee gets cold.
  3. Fill a glass with ice cubes. The amount of ice you use may vary depending on your preference for a stronger or cold coffee.
  4. Pour the shaken espresso mixture over the ice followed by oat milk.
  5. Sprinkle a dash of cinnamon on the coffee for an extra touch of flavor.
  6. Give your drink a gentle stir to ensure the flavors are evenly distributed.

Notes

  • You don’t need a fancy espresso machine; you can use strong brewed coffee as a substitute for espresso shots. A Moka pot, Aeropress, French press, or pour-over/drip coffee can give you similar results.
  • To make a larger batch, double or triple the ingredients and adjust the proportions accordingly.
  • Make sure to shake the drink super well to get it frothy and chilled before adding it to a glass.
  • Feel free to use more sugar for a sweeter drink.
  • Use more ice cubes or less espresso for a coffee that is not too strong.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 48
  • Sugar: 5.8g
  • Fat: 1.2g
  • Carbohydrates: 8.8g
  • Protein: 0.7g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

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