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Copycat Starbucks Brown Sugar Oatmilk Shaken Espresso

You'll learn how to make one of Starbucks' newest drinks at home with this recipe.

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After recently getting my Nespresso, I am obsessed with making my favorite coffee drinks at home.

I’ve started out with the simple drinks like lattes and cappuccinos, but I’m moving on to other interesting faves like the Brown Sugar Oatmilk Shaken Espresso.

I don’t have many notes for you on this recipe, but I can tell you a few things:

  • Starbucks uses a liquid brown sugar syrup for their recipe (sugar-free version here), if you don’t have that it’s not a big deal. Use brown sugar and have your espresso poured straight into your glass with it. The heat will melt and help dissolve the sugar. Just be sure to give it a good stir or shake to combine until the sugar is fully dissolved.
  • I tried shaking this many times, but the heat tends to build up some pressure in my mason jars and then just explode. Just swirl it around and be super careful. You can also just stir the hot liquid with a spoon to incorporate. Just use a heat-safe cup to do this in!
  • You can froth your oatmilk if you’d like. Oatmilk does not have much fat, so you won’t get much of a froth, but it’ll make it a little smoother for sure.
  • If you want layers like my photo has, place the end of a spoon at the top layer of your coffee and gently pour the milk onto the spoon, letting it layer. It’s a nice trick to get some layers and dimension.

Ingredients for Brown Sugar Oatmilk Shaken Espresso

Brown Sugar Oatmilk Shaken Espresso homemade
  • 3 oz blonde espresso
  • 3 teaspoons brown sugar (Starbucks uses brown sugar syrup)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 10 ounces oatmilk
  • 3 ounces of ice.

Want to watch your blood sugars for this?

Oatmilk is a plant-based option, but does have carbs, as well as the brown sugar.

You can always swap the brown sugar for a brown sugar substitute, or make your own brown sugar with blackstrap molasses and the sugar sub of your choice.

The oat milk is still a good option here!

Recipe for Brown Sugar Oatmilk Shaken Espresso

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Brown Sugar Oatmilk Shaken Espresso

Copycat Starbucks Brown Sugar Oatmilk Shaken Espresso

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  • Author: Mila Clarke Buckley
  • Total Time: 4 minutes
  • Yield: 1 coffee 1x
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Remake this trendy drink at home. 


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  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 teaspoons brown sugar (Starbucks uses brown sugar syrup)
  • 3 oz blonde espresso
  • 3 ounces of ice
  • 10 ounces oatmilk


  1. In a heat safe cup, add cinnamon and brown sugar. 
  2. Brew your espresso over the cinnamon and brown sugar and swirl to mix until brown sugar dissolves. 
  3. Add in ice over the espresso
  4. Pour over oatmlik
  5. Add an extra dash of cinnamon.  
How to make Starbucks Iced Brown Sugar Oatmilk Shaken Espresso at home | The Hangry Woman


  • This recipe makes 1 grande drink.
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 minutes
  • Category: Coffee
  • Method: Brew
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1, 16fl ounce coffee
  • Calories: 120
  • Sugar: 13g
  • Sodium: 120mg
  • Fat: 3g
  • Carbohydrates: 20g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

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About Mila

Hi! I'm Mila.

I’m earning my Master’s degree in Applied nutrition.

I’m a journalist and Integrative Nutrition Health Coach living with  LADA (Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults, a slow-progressing form of autoimmune Type 1 diabetes) I love food, travel, and my kitchen, and teaching you about diabetes self-management.

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14 Responses

  1. Listen, this is WAAAAAAY better than than the Starbucks version! Enjoyed every sip and the oat milk really does make it better!

  2. Thanks for the trick to get the layers! I made this drink for my boyfriend today and he was very impressed! We both loved it

  3. Due to my sweet tooth, I try to satisfy it on weekdays with drinks in lieu of cookies or cakes. I am so enjoying this wonderful new option!

  4. I love my Nespresso too! This was the first time I’ve made something fun and decadent in it and I’m so glad I did! This was the perfect sweet pick-me-up this morning.

  5. I have trust issues with our local Starbucks (the customers don’t like to wear masks) so I’ve stopped going for the time being. I’d become slightly obsessed with their brown sugar espresso, but I find that your version is better than theirs ever was. You could teach them a thing or two.

  6. Ooh thanks for the Torani ‘tip’. I think I might try it with Brown Swerve since I don’t have the Torani syrup.

  7. Have you ever tried Torani syrups? They have sugar-free ones, too. I haven’t tried the brown sugar cinnamon one, but I’ve loved everything I have tried. You could save some sugar points by using the sugar-free brown sugar cinnamon syrup.

    1. Thank you for letting me know about Torani’s Sugar-Free brown sugar syrup! I have their sugar free vanilla, and caramel for my coffee bar now. I’ll look out for brown sugar cinnamon – it would be perfect for this recipe!

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