Recreate a copycat oatmilk shaken espresso at home with a few simple ingredients, including a delicious homemade brown sugar syrup. This recipe can be made in under 10 minutes and tastes even better than the one you get from Starbucks.
This brown sugar latte recipe has to win the award for the prettiest coffee drink! The golden color that forms when the oat milk hits the espresso is absolutely beautiful!
The brown sugar oatmilk shaken espresso is a drink from Starbucks that isn't overly sweet. You can definitely taste the espresso, with a finishing flavor of dark sugar and cinnamon. The plus of making this drink at home is that you can customize the drink to your liking - more or less sweetness, cinnamon, or oatmilk.
What You'll Learn In This Recipe
By making this delicious espresso drink, you'll learn a few things:
- The types of espresso or cold brew you can use.
- A recipe for making your very own brown sugar syrup. Don't worry, simple syrup whips up in under 5 minutes.
- How to customize the shaken espresso to your liking.
Ingredients You Need
There are only a few ingredients needed to recreate this Starbucks drink at home:
- Brown sugar syrup: Starbucks has an amazing simple syrup made with sugar and maple syrup. It's the sweetener used in this oatmilk shaken espresso. I've got a homemade recipe so that you can make it at home!
- Espresso: Starbucks uses a blonde espresso for this recipe (it's a lighter roasted version of the traditional dark bean espresso). However, you can use whatever beans you have on hand to make the espresso. I sometimes even use my Nespresso machine with the altissio pods, or I'll substitute with cold brew coffee.
- Ground cinnamon: Cinnamon is part of the rich flavor in this drink. Feel free to use it as a garnish as well!
- Oatmilk: Oatmilk has quickly become the new plant-based milk that everyone is obsessed with! It adds a rich, creamy touch to this coffee drink. I love Planet Oat and Oatly
How To Make This Recipe
- The sweetener used for this drink is brown sugar syrup. The first step is to make the homemade syrup. This is what makes the drink tastes like the Starbucks version. It only takes five minutes to make the syrup, so don't skip this step.
- Next, brew the espresso, then add the brown sugar syrup, espresso, cinnamon, and some ice to a cocktail shaker. Shake for 10 seconds until the coffee is cooled and foamy.
- Once chilled, pour the drink into a 12 ounce glass filled with ice.
- Top with about ½ inch of oatmilk.
Want to make this drink in a larger size? Here are the ratios you'll use.
For a tall (12 ounces), use the recipe card below.
For a grande (16 ounces), use 4 ounces of espresso, 1 ounce of syrup, 3 shakes of cinnamon, and oatmilk to top.
For a venti (24 ounces), use 5 ounces of espresso, 1 ¼ ounces of syrup 4 shakes of cinnamon, and oatmilk to top.
Recipe Frequently Asked Questions
In a pinch, you can make the brown sugar drink with cold brew coffee. It won't taste exactly like the Starbucks version, but still very delicious!
You're welcome to use unsweetened, plain almond milk as a substitution.
The Starbucks version isn't overly sweet! However, you're welcome to add more syrup to sweeten the drink to your liking.
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Iced Brown Sugar Oatmilk Shaken Espresso
- ¾ ounce brown sugar syrup (see recipe)
- 3 ounces espresso
- 2 shakes ground cinnamon
- oatmilk to top
- Prepare the brown sugar syrup.
- Add brown sugar syrup, espresso, cinnamon, and ½ cup of ice to a cocktail shaker. Shake for 10 seconds. Pour ice and drink into a 12 ounce glass.
- Top glass with ½ inch of oatmilk. Serve immediately.
Omg this tastes EXACTLY like the Starbucks version! I will for sure be making this again - it's the best copycat recipe I've tried!
I’ve been making these knowing something was missing…it was the maple syrup! My milk would always fall straight to the bottom. And the taste was so slightly off. Using the maple syrup made all the difference, thank you!
Yay! So glad this worked for you! Thanks for making the recipe 🙂
What am I doing wrong?? I’ve been trying desperately to make my fav Starbucks drink at home. I was so excited for this one and yet, it still isn’t right. I followed the syrup recipe and the drink recipe exact. Today was the best result yet but it still isn’t right. I really don’t taste the brown sugar, which is my favorite part of Starbucks drink. I know, you aren’t here to watch me make it so you can’t actually help. Ugh! I make vanilla & caramel lattes at home and those do taste exactly like Sbux. I’m so determined to get this right!