Homemade Iced Brown Sugar Oat Milk Shaken Espresso Recipe

I remember when I first tried the iced brown sugar oatmilk shaken espresso drink from starbucks, I was so amazed by how good it was, that I instantly went and started bragging to all my coworkers about how bomb this drink was and made them all order it πŸ˜†. Thus, I made it my mission to master this delicious iced shaken espresso drink! From creating our own brown sugar syrup and measuring the perfect ratio of espresso and mastering the technique of shaking a frothy drink, we got you covered.

This post is all about creating the perfect iced brown sugar oatmilk shaken espresso drink! We hope you love this recipe and don’t forget to pin this for later ☺️.

Commonly Asked Questions for Brown Sugar Espresso Recipe

What is an Iced Brown Sugar Oatmilk shaken espresso?

The perfect brown sugar shaken espresso is made using brown sugar simple syrup, espresso, ice, and oat milk. These four simple ingredients create a perfectly iced drink.

How much brown sugar is in a shaken espresso?

Close the lid and shake vigorously for around five seconds.

Is the iced brown sugar oatmilk shaken espresso from Starbucks sweet?

The iced brown sugar Oatmilk Shaken Espresso is surprisingly not as sweet compared to many of Starbucks’ original drinks which are overloaded with sugar, but it’s still sweet so we always adjust the sugar level. This drink is the perfect ratio of espresso, creaminess, and sweetness.

Why Is the iced brown sugar oatmilk shaken espresso Always unavailable?

Starbucks will sometimes temporarily remove oat milk from their menus when there is a supply issue, this was especially true when the drink first came out, along with a variety of other oat milk-based drinks.

How many shots are in Starbucks iced brown sugar oat milk shaken espresso?

The amount of shots of espresso varies depending o the size of drink you get; Tall size drinks will have 2 shots of espresso, grande size drinks will have 3 shots of espresso, and venti drinks will have 4 shots of espresso. There is not an option for short or Trenta sizing for the Starbucks brown sugar shaken espresso.

How many calories are in a Starbucks iced brown sugar oat milk shaken espresso?

In a Tall size Brown sugar Oatmilk shaken espresso there are 100 calories. The grande size version has 120 calories and the venti version has 190 calories.

Is this iced brown sugar oatmilk shaken espresso recipe vegan?

Of course! Since all that goes into the drink is: ice, espresso, brown sugar, cinnamon, and oat milk. Making it absolutely vegan, and the same goes for the popular Starbucks version =).

What is the difference between Starbucks iced brown sugar oatmilk shaken espresso drink and Starbucks iced shaken espresso?

The main difference is the brown sugar shaken espresso version uses a blonde roast espresso and has the addition of brown sugar syrup, while the iced shaken espresso has classic syrup and used the signature espresso roast.

Why you’ll love this recipe!

  • It’s a no-frill recipe that anyone can make at home!
  • Dont have to worry about buying fancy ingredients, you most likely have all the ingredients in your home, and if you dont you can sub ingredients out such as oat milk and almond milk
  • We offer two ways to make brown sugar syrup: One the easy method which is perfect for one-time use and Two a slightly more work method but the end result is beautiful and delicious and it lasts up to 2 weeks!
  • It’s customizable to your liking, dont like it too frothy? Dont shake it. Dont like it too sweet? Add less brown sugar πŸ‘πŸ», love that espresso taste. Add an extra shot 😎.
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Starbucks Iced Brown Sugar oatmilk shaken espresso ingredients

The grand slam Starbucks brown sugar shaken espresso drink is amazing and easily one of our favorite espresso drinks from Starbucks. It’s the perfect ratio of lovely espresso and balanced with creamy goodness and sweetness.

  • brown sugar syrup
  • Ice
  • Oatly Oatmilk
  • Blonde Espresso
  • cinnamon

How to Customize the iced Brown Sugar oatmilk Espresso Drink at Starbucks

The Iced brown sugar oatmilk shaken espresso is an original offered at Starbucks, if you can tolerate the sweet level and the amount of creaminess, then you should be fine. However, for those who are extra, just like us, we offer a few ordering tips to help get your perfect oaty drink!

  • Swap Oatmilk out for almond milk, soy milk, and regular milk or coconut milk. You would be surprised how much the taste changes depending on the type of mil you use. We noticed that the creamiest drink is of course whole milk, but we were surprised to find that almond milk is a perfect swap for oat milk! We found this out when there was a milk shortage at Starbucks, and had no choice πŸ˜†.
  • Reduce the number of pumps of syrup, if you dont like sweet coffee. For a venti cup, we go from 6 pumps to 4 pumps, for a grande we drop to 3 pumps, and for a tall, we drop to 2 pumps.
  • Divide your syrup with another syrup offered at Starbucks, we like to do half brown sugar syrup and half toasted vanilla syrup it’s amazing!
  • Add cold foam on top of your finished drink! Yassssss try it and thank us later ☺️

How to Order the Iced brown sugar espresso drink for cheap! Starbucks Hack!

Don’t hate us Starbucks, but $6 plus for an espresso drink should be a crime! We’ve always had an issue with Starbucks pricing, but truth be told, it’s not just Starbucks, a lot of coffee shops are expensive nowadays. I spent $8 on a cold brew and almost had a heart attack lol. Anyways here is the ordering hack that works for us, depending on who your barista is they may or may not give you pushback for being a cheap ***.

Get the Iced Brown Sugar Shaken Drink for Cheap!

  • Choose your cup size, we’ll use grande for this example (no charge)
  • Ask for 3 shots of espresso (charge)
  • Ask for oat milk (there shouldn’t be a charge for this, I’ve spoken to a few baristas and generally, they don’t charge for milk add-ons)
  • Ask to add 3 pumps of brown sugar syrup (charge)
  • Ask for ice and for them to shake the drink (lol this is usually when we get an eye roll) (no charge)
  • Wallah! The drink should be about $4 or less typically instead of over $6 😎

Iced Brown Sugar Oatmilk Shaken Espresso Starbucks Dupe

Equipment You’ll need to make the drink

  • cocktail shaker or mason jar with lid
  • measuring spoons
  • espresso machine, coffee drip machine, percolator, or french press


Dark Brown Sugar: We prefer using dark brown sugar in our easy brown sugar syrup, dark brown sugar has more molasses and therefore is a richer taste than the light brown sugar counterpart.

ice: Any ice will do, but crushed ice is popular due to its pleasing aesthetic. If you don’t have a crushed ice machine maker, you can make it really easy! Just grab some ice cubes throw them in a ziplock bag that’s wrapped in a towel, and bang it a couple of times with a hammer or the end of Baker’s rolling pin, and wallah crushed ice at your service. We like to add more ice than usual because we like our drinks extra refreshing!

whole fat oat milk: Whole-fat oat milk is crucial for this recipe, if you try to swap it out for a low-fat version it just won’t taste the same and you’ll be upset you have a bitter cup of iced espresso πŸ˜†.

Vietnamese Cinnamon Powder: Idk what it is about Vietnamese cinnamon powder, but it is just ten times better than regular cinnamon powder. You can also use regular ground cinnamon powder if you don’t feel like going out and getting the Vietnamese version.

Espresso or Strong Coffee or cold brew concentrate: The first choice is to use espresso, I mean it is called a shaken espresso drink right 🀨. Anyways, if you dont have an espresso maker you can choose to use strong brewed coffee, which means adding less water. The second choice is to use cold brew concentrate, and we love this choice more than brewed coffee because no matter how strong you make the brewed coffee it always comes out a little watery tasting in our opinion. Plus Cold brew concentrate lasts a while in the fridge! If you dont have cold brew concentrate it’s really easy to make just follow our cold brew concentrate recipe!

Brown Sugar Oatmilk Shaken Espresso Recipe

This homade version is meant for a typical glass from 12-16 oz depending on how much ice you like

This Recipe Calls For:

  • Ice
  • 5 oz of oat milk or your choice of non dairy milk
  • 3 shots of espresso or 3 shots of very strong coffee
  • 2 teaspoons of brown sugar or 2 tablespoons of Homemade Creamy Brown Sugar Syrup Recipe (not your typical brown sugar syrup recipe, it’s way better!)
  • 2 sprinkles of ground Cinnamon powder – This will be sprinkled on the top of the drink and used in the shaker

How to make the Drink

  1. In the cocktail drink shaker or mason jar, add espresso, a sprinkle of cinnamon, and brown sugar, and shake vigorously.
  2. Open shaker or mason jar and place ice then reseal or close the shaker and shake vigorously
  3. If you like your milk frothed, add the milk during the addition of ice step above πŸ‘†
  4. Grab a tall glass cup of your choosing 12-16 oz depending on how much ice you chose, and pour the content of the shaker into the glass then top with oat milk and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
  5. If you chose a mason jar, just remove the lid and pour oat milk, and top with a sprinkle of cinnamon.
  6. Wallah, you’re done! now enjoy that delicious iced coffee drink and have a wonderful day.
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Recipe Helpful Notes

The easy version of making brown sugar syrup is mixing brown sugar with espresso, but this is far from tasting as amazing as our Homemade Creamy Brown Sugar Syrup Recipe. If you have 12-15 minutes, make the homemade brown sugar syrup as it lasts around 2 weeks when stored in an airtight container.

You want to use whole-fat milk, whether it be whole-fat plant milk or regular whole-fat milk. This is the best balance with the strong espresso, as well as that frothy taste and texture and overall just make your iced coffee drink that much better!

Make sure if you’re using brewed coffee to make it a stronger cup, so less water and you’ll sub it for a 1:1 ratio. If using cold brew concentrate, you can sub it to a 1:1 ratio.

Shaking the drink is of paramount importance, it sounds crazy but we swear it changes the flavor lol It tastes creamier when shaken.

You can sub the brown sugar syrup with any other syrup for a 1:1 ratio, but I mean you did click on a brown sugar drink recipe, right? 🀨. Also, feel free to add extra syrup to your drink if you have sweet tooth, we felt 2 tablespoons was the perfect ratio for most people.

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