This Starbucks Iced Brown Sugar Oatmilk Shaken Espresso dupe is slightly sweet and extra creamy, all while being vegan and saving you $5!
Love at first sip
Happy Almost Spring! Although while I write this, we are currently getting pounded with more snow here in Minnesota.
Last week while we were in our Fool’s Spring and enjoying the 60 degree days, I had my first sip of the magical (and very popular) drink that is Starbucks Iced Brown Sugar Oatmilk Shaken Espresso. It was love at first sip. Not too sweet, but still tasted like a treat. Amazingly creamy, while being dairy-free. Just strong enough to taste the rich espresso, but not too strong to give me the jitters all day.
I was hooked. I’m very much someone who likes to make their own coffee at home and only go to Starbucks or Caribou when I want to treat myself. Well with this drink, I found myself going out of my way to pick one up every morning. I soon saw the $$$ adding up and knew I had to stop! Well, thanks to Tik Tok, everyone seemed to be just as obsessed and they were sold out of the drink at every Starbucks in the Metro area. Alas, this dupe was born!
Iced Brown Sugar Oatmilk Shaken Espresso
After a few videos of watching baristas, I was ready to tackle my own recipe. The first time was WAY too sweet and it took a few times to get right, but I think it’s pretty dang amazing!
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1.5 tablespoons water
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 2-3 shots of espresso
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- drink shaker
First, we are going to make a (simple) simple syrup by simmering brown sugar, water, and a pinch of vanilla in a pot over medium-high heat. This will come to a boil very quickly, so be sure to keep an eye on it! We only need to let it simmer for 2-3 minutes, and then set aside. Depending on if you are a 4 pump or a 2 pump kind of person, you can reduce the amount of brown sugar to as low as a 1/2 tablespoon and the flavor will still come through. Just reduce the water and vanilla accordingly.
While we let the syrup sit and thicken, brew your 2-3 shots of espresso. I used my Ninja Coffee Bar Specialty Concentrated setting that makes 4oz of super-strong coffee. You could also use instant espresso if you don’t have a coffee maker.
Now it’s time to make the magic happen: shaking the espresso! I don’t know how or why this happens, but it makes the drink. Add your simple syrup, ice (fill the shaker), cinnamon, and espresso in a shaker and shake vigorously for about 1 minute until frothy. If you don’t have a cocktail shaker, a blender bottle, or even just a mason jar with a lid will work!
Here is the magical result BEFORE even adding any oatmilk to it! It just looks naturally creamy.
Now all you have to do is pour the entire shaker into a glass and top it with however much oatmilk you would like!
Depending on how much ice you like in your drink, you can add additional ice to the glass first before you pour-over.
If you want to take it to the next level of creaminess, froth up some Oat Cinnamon Swirl Nutpods! This is my all-time favorite creamer. It tastes like Cinnamon Toast Crunch milk!
I hope you love this Iced Brown Sugar Oatmilk Shaken Espresso and enjoy all the $$$ you will save!
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Iced Brown Sugar Oatmilk Shaken Espresso (Starbucks Dupe)
- Drink shaker
- Small saucepan
- 2 tbsp brown sugar*
- 1.5 tbsp water
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 2-3 shots espresso
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1 pour oatmilk
- Combine brown sugar, water, and vanilla in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat and stir continuously for 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
- Add syrup, ice, cinnamon, and espresso in a shaker and shake vigorously for about 1 minute until frothy.
- Pour the entire shaker into a glass, add more ice if needed, and top with oatmilk!
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19 thoughts on “Iced Brown Sugar Oatmilk Shaken Espresso”
In my opinion, this tasted better than Starbucks! Can’t wait to make a big batch of syrup to make this quickly every day!
That is a great idea! I may have to do the same 🙂 I’m so glad you enjoyed it!
This was DELICIOUS! Thank you so much for the recipe! 🙂
I’m SO happy you liked it!! Thank you for rating and commenting 🙂
Your photo makes me eager to try this tomorrow. It’s pinned and ready and i can’t wait to see how it tastes. I love this new Starbuck’s drink, but figured out right away that i’d have to learn to make my own as their oat milk is pre sweetened, and as is par for coffee shops has too much sugar for my liking.
I hope you like it! It’s great making it at home because you can adjust it to your liking. Some days I cut the syrup in half if I’m not feeling like a sweet drink. It’s always nice to know what’s going into your drink too!
Thank you! After I bought my first one, I was hooked! So glad to make it at home with your help❤️
Thank you so much for trying!! It’s awesome to make at home and save some money!
Can you make the simple syrup ahead of time?
Yes, people have told me they made large batches of it! I would store it at room temp.
My-lanta!! This hit the spot today! Thank you for sharing!!!
One word….. Delicious! Thank you ☺️
Better then the Starbucks one and super easy to make. I want to make a big batch of the syrup to have one hand now
Yum! I put the syrup ingredients into a Mason jar & pop in the microwave instead of a stovetop. What a fast & delicious recipe!!
Any insight for ice melting? When I do it, almost all of my ice melts and waters down the coffee.
I would recommend starting with a lot of ice (full glass) and really strong coffee or espresso! The ice is supposed to melt a little bit to cool down the coffee and take the edge off, but you should still have some left!