Ready to shake up your coffee routine? Look no further than this homemade copycat Starbucks Brown Sugar Oatmilk Shaken Espresso recipe. This captivating concoction marries the boldness of espresso with the rich creaminess of plant-based milk and the irresistible sweetness of homemade brown sugar syrup for a refreshingly energizing treat. YUM!
Imagine a symphony of rich, velvety espresso, delicately blended with the enchanting flavors of brown sugar. This Starbucks shaken brown sugar espresso recipe is a delightful creation that takes your favorite cup of joe to new heights, transforming it into a sensory experience that's nothing short of extraordinary.
At the heart of this beverage is a batch of my homemade brown sugar simple syrup. It's the secret ingredient that elevates this coffee concoction to a whole new level of yumminess!
This mahogany-hued elixir lends a natural sweetness and depth of flavor that perfectly complements the robust flavors of this shaken espresso recipe. When paired with the rich, creamy consistency of oatmilk, it's nothing short of magnificent.
But, to unlock the full potential of this tantalizing libation, we're stealing a page from our favorite bartenders and shaking it all over ice. This technique not only creates a luxurious froth but also infuses the espresso with a velvety mouthfeel that's impossible to resist.
I'll share all the tips and tricks you need to create a barista-worthy brown sugar Starbucks drink experience at home. Creamy, frothy, and chilly brown sugar oatmilk espresso FTW!
- What is Oatmilk Shaken Espresso?
- What does it taste like?
- Why You’ll Love This Starbucks Brown Sugar Oat Milk Shaken Espresso Recipe
- Ingredients Needed
- How To Make Starbucks Brown Sugar Shaken Espresso
- Optional Variations & Dietary Adjustments
- Serving Suggestions
- Recipe Success Tips
- Brown Sugar Oatmilk Shaken Espresso Nutrition
- More Iced Coffee Shop Recipes
- Brown Sugar Shaken Espresso (Starbucks Copycat)
What is Oatmilk Shaken Espresso?
Oatmilk Shaken Espresso — a truly special Starbucks-inspired concoction that brings together the boldness of espresso with the creamy goodness of oatmilk. In other words, it's an ambrosial blend of coffee and clouds!
Made with a shot (or three!) of rich, intense espresso, poured over ice, and then shaken vigorously with creamy, dreamy oatmilk. This shaking technique works magic, aerating the coffee as if you were creaming butter and sugar, creating a heavenly froth while simultaneously blending the flavors.
Oatmilk, made from oats (yes, those hearty little grains), brings a rich mouthfeel and subtly sweet flavor profile to the party. This dairy-free milk alternative is light, creamy, and just a tad bit toasty and nutty. When combined with espresso, it creates a rich, velvety texture that slides across your tongue like a silk sheet.
But the fun doesn't have to stop there. Add a drizzle of caramel, a hint of vanilla syrup, or, in this case, some molasses-y demerara syrup. Making a homemade brown sugar oatmilk shaken espresso Starbucks-style is a must-have skill in any coffee addict's life, right?! 😂
This delightful creation is perfect for those looking to explore dairy-free options and add a little extra flair to their daily caffeine fix.
What does it taste like?
Robust notes of espresso, in all their caffeinated glory, are the foundation of this iced brown sugar oat milk shaken espresso party.
Now, let's add a touch of sweetness. Brown sugar – that sweet, caramelly minx 😍 – joins the party, infusing the espresso with her delectable charm. Finally, oatmilk swoops in to wrap the whole party up in a cloud of creamy delight.
Close your eyes and imagine the smooth, frothy texture dancing across your tongue. It tastes uncannily like your favorite (expensive) Starbucks drink, right? Friends, this iced brown sugar shaken espresso is a magical potion that will awaken your every sense. So, get ready to dive right in and sip & savor the extraordinary — all from the comfort of home.
Why You’ll Love This Starbucks Brown Sugar Oat Milk Shaken Espresso Recipe
TL;DR? My iced brown sugar shaken espresso recipe is:
- Quick & Easy - Seriously, it’s faster than waiting in line — and that’s without the driving part. You’ll have cool, frothy shaken brown sugar espresso in just 5 minutes.
- Made With Only 4 Ingredients - And one of them is ice. I promise — this is a simple recipe anyone can master.
- Customizable - This Starbucks shaken espresso recipe can be considered your basic template for flavor. When you play barista, everything is according to your rules. From the flavorful add-ins to your preferred variety and brand (and even temperature!) of milk, everything can be *just so.* Without the stupid upcharges. It’s awesome!
Budget-Friendly - I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again (a million times if I have to!) — making your own fancy coffees at home will make achieving your financial goals easier. Take it from someone who followed Dave Ramsey and got herself outta $40K of debt! This homemade brown sugar oat milk shaken espresso is proof you can have caviar tastes and coffee dreams without breaking the bank. Power Up While You Level Up ✅
The only things you need to make a brown sugar-shaken espresso Starbucks-style are:
- Espresso - If you can, opt for drawn espresso or freshly pulled espresso shots.
- Why? → The high pressure used in espresso extraction emulsifies the oils in coffee, creating what is known as the crema, a frothy layer on top of the espresso. The crema adds a luxurious mouthfeel to espresso as a standalone drink. It is also responsible for helping to create a velvety froth when shaken with ice and brown sugar syrup.
- Oatmilk - I’ve tested several different brands of oatmilk, and I’ve determined without a doubt that Oatly brand is the best in terms of flavor, mouthfeel, and frothability. It also happens to be the brand that Starbucks uses, so you’ll be more likely to achieve a perfect replica of your iced brown sugar oat milk shaken espresso order at home.
- Brown Sugar Syrup - While you’re welcome to buy brown sugar simple syrup or demerara syrup from your local grocery or liquor store, it’s far cheaper to make at home. Plus, it only takes a total of 3 ingredients (including water) and about 5 minutes of effort, so the savings are definitely worth it.
- Ice - If possible, opt for large ice cubes instead of pellet ice, which melts too quickly to fully aerate the shaken espresso drink.
As much as I think this delightful recipe for iced shaken brown sugar espresso is spot on for recreating the beloved Starbucks drink, the whole fun of being your own coffee shop is that you can make whatever swaps you need. Here are a few easy substitutions to keep in mind:
- Espresso - You’re welcome to use cold-brewed espresso or cold brew coffee concentrate for a less acidic result.
- Oatmilk - You’re welcome to make a plain brown sugar shaken espresso without any milk at all. You can also feel free to swap in the plant-based or dairy milk of your choice!
- Brown Sugar Syrup - There’s no rule that you have to sweeten your oatmilk shaken espresso, so feel free to omit this. Any flavored coffee syrup can also be used instead.
- Ice - While you’ll need *some kind* of ice product to help you achieve the proper shaken drink texture, feel free to swap in flavored ice made from your choice of liquid (e.g. leftover coffee drinks, milk, etc).
How To Make Starbucks Brown Sugar Shaken Espresso
This oatmilk brown sugar shaken espresso comes together in mere minutes. Here’s how:
Step 1: Chill the espresso by pouring it into a large mason jar filled with ice.
Step 2: Combine & shake. Add the oat milk and brown sugar syrup. Close the lid tightly and shake a few times until combined.
Step 3: Pour the drink into a glass with fresh ice and drink up!
Optional Variations & Dietary Adjustments
This Starbucks iced shaken espresso recipe can be tweaked in many different ways to suit your preferences. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Decaf - Swap in your favorite decaf espresso beans to make this tasty drink without all the buzz.
- Plain Brown Sugar Shaken Espresso - Omit the milk to keep espresso and brown sugar at the forefront of flavor.
- Different Milk - Nobody said you have to use oat milk. Feel free to swap in any variety you prefer!
- Different Syrup - Vanilla, honey, caramel, hazelnut, or almond syrups would all be lovely, too!
Here are some fun and creative serving suggestions to make your Iced Brown Sugar Oatmilk Shaken Espresso even more delightful:
- Drizzle a little extra sweetness on top of the frothy layer of your shaken oatmilk espresso for a beautiful caramel swirl effect. Caramel sauce or chocolate syrup are my favorites!
- Turn your shaken brown sugar espresso into a decadent coffee float by adding a scoop of your favorite ice cream flavor on top. Whether it's classic vanilla, rich chocolate, creamy caramel, or mint chocolate chip, this is a dessert that's both refreshing and invigorating.
- Add a tropical twist by swapping in full-fat coconut milk into your shaken espresso. Alternatively, go for a quasi-Vietnamese iced coffee experience by using sweetened condensed milk (regular or plant-based) to add extra flavor and viscosity.
- Who says iced coffee is just for summer?? Sprinkle a dash of cinnamon, nutmeg, or pumpkin spice on top of your shaken espresso for a warm and cozy touch.
- Dip the rim of your glass in a mixture of brown sugar and sea salt for a sweet and salty twist.
Recipe Success Tips
This brown sugar oatmilk shaken espresso recipe is pretty straightforward, but I’ve learned a few tricks over the course of becoming an at-home barista:
- Shake it like you mean it. If you’ve ever gone to an upscale bar and seen some mustachioed hipster shaking a martini, you might’ve thought it was all for show. Turns out, you’d be wrong. Agitating your drinks in a container with ice helps to chill and mix them, but that’s not all. The act of shaking vigorously also splits off tiny shards of ice that help to aerate your drink, much like grains of sugar helping to fluff up butter. Aim for 30-45 seconds for the best mouthfeel.
- Use freshly pulled espresso shots for the best flavor. As time passes, the flavors of the espresso shot may become more muted, and the aromatic compounds may dissipate. This can result in a less vibrant and aromatic experience compared to enjoying it immediately.
- Use filtered water for making ice cubes, making simple syrup, and brewing your coffee. This ensures that the flavors that shine are the ones you’re excited about – namely espresso, oatmilk, and brown sugar – rather than the chemicals your city treats the water with.
Yep! If made according to the recipe card below, your iced coffee deliciousness will be completely vegan friendly.
I suppose this Starbucks dupe could be counted as a latte of sorts! That said, considering that the ratio is closer to a 60/40 or 50/50 split of espresso to milk, I think it would technically fall more into the cortado family.
Brown Sugar Oatmilk Shaken Espresso Nutrition
A single serving of this delicious drink is estimated to be around 189 calories, so I'd consider it something of a treat. Keep in mind that the actual calorie count may vary depending on the specific amounts and brands of espresso, brown sugar syrup, and oatmilk you use.
Brown sugar syrup adds the sweet touch and nearly all the carbs in this drink. The exact amount will vary depending on how much syrup you use, so if you're on a keto diet, consider cutting back or using a sugar-free alternative. Oatmilk also contributes some carbs to the mix, but don't worry, it's all part of creating that creamy, dreamy texture.
Speaking of sweetness, the brown sugar syrup brings a delightful dose of flavor, and it's no secret that it contains sugar. Just remember that moderation is key!
When it comes to fat, the specific amount can vary depending on the brand and type of milk you choose. Don't fret though – oat milk is generally considered relatively healthy.
As for protein, this tasty beverage is somewhat lacking. The focus here is more on the delightful combination of flavors rather than a protein boost. If you'd like to up the protein ante from more than just 2 grams, consider adding some high-quality protein powder.
Total nutritional content per serving is:
- Calories: 184 calories
- Total Fat: 3 grams
- Protein: 2 grams
- Sodium: 56 mg
- Carbohydrates: 39 grams
- Sugar: 33 grams
*This nutritional information is an estimate and calculated based on the ingredients used to create the recipe. The nutritional value of your ingredients may differ slightly. Furthermore, this food is not intended to prevent, diagnose, cure, or treat any disease.
More Iced Coffee Shop Recipes
Brown Sugar Shaken Espresso (Starbucks Copycat)
- Add a handful of ice to large mason jar. Top with the espresso.
- Add the oat milk and brown sugar syrup. Close the lid tightly and shake a few times until combined.
- Pour the drink and ice into a glass and drink up!