How to Make a Starbucks Brown Sugar Shaken Espresso

You'll look forward to mornings with this Starbucks brown sugar shaken espresso in hand. Skip the drive-thru and head straight to your kitchen to shake up this coffee drink.

Our editors and experts handpick every product we feature. We may earn a commission from your purchases.

Starbucks’ brown sugar shaken espresso has taken the world by storm. Sprinkled with brown sugar and cinnamon and poured over crushed ice and cold oat milk, it’s not hard to see why it’s become a household favorite. And even during the colder months, it remains on the coffee chain’s winter menu. (I’m a cold coffee gal all year long, but I digress.)

While it may be tempting to run over to Starbucks each morning and snag a cup, we all know that can become a costly daily routine. Learn how to make brown sugar shaken espressos at home and never wait in a drive-thru line again!

How to Make a Copycat Starbucks Brown Sugar Shaken Espresso

Shake up your mornings with this Starbucks copycat recipe.


ingredients for Starbucks Brown Sugar Shaken EspressoLauren Habermehl for Taste of Home

Makes one 16-ounce shaken espresso (equivalent to a Starbucks Grande)

  • 3 shots freshly brewed espresso, cooled
  • 2-4 tablespoons brown sugar syrup
  • Splash of oat milk
  • Ice cubes

Brown Sugar Syrup:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 2-3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Editor’s Tip: This recipe makes 1 cup brown sugar syrup. Store any leftover syrup in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Tools You’ll Need

  • Espresso machine: Every serious at-home barista needs one! A real shot of espresso turns every coffee drink into a coffee shop-quality sipper.
  • Mason jar with lid: Shaking your coffee drink in a mason jar thoroughly incorporates the brown sugar and cinnamon with the espresso.
  • Reusable straw: While this may not be an essential item, sipping out of a metal reusable straw will elevate your coffee-drinking experience.


Step 1: Make the syrup

a pot of water with cinnamon sticks on a wooden counterLauren Habermehl for Taste of Home

In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the water and brown sugar. Stir, then add the cinnamon stick. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and let simmer for 8-10 minutes until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture has reduced slightly. Remove from the heat and add the vanilla. Set aside to cool slightly.

Step 2: Prepare your espresso

Espresso in a cupLauren Habermehl for Taste of Home

Make three shots (or four, if it’s that kind of day) using an espresso maker. Extra points if you use a bag of Starbucks Espresso Roast. Let cool slightly.

Editor’s Tip: If you don’t own an espresso maker, you can also use strong brewed coffee.

Step 3: Combine and shake

Starbucks Brown Sugar Shaken Espresso in a large mason jarLauren Habermehl for Taste of Home

Fill a Mason jar halfway with ice. Top with 2 to 4 tablespoons of brown sugar syrup (adjust to suit your preference for sweetness) and the cooled espresso. Seal the Mason jar with a lid and shake until the ingredients are combined and the mixture is slightly frothy.

Step 4: Serve

cream being poured into a glass of Starbucks Brown Sugar Shaken EspressoLauren Habermehl for Taste of Home

Open the jar and strain the shaken espresso into a glass filled with fresh ice (or drink straight from the jar). Add a splash of oat milk and enjoy! Next, learn how to make a toasted vanilla oat milk shaken espresso.

FAQs About the Brown Sugar Shaken Espresso

Is brown sugar oat milk shaken espresso sweet?

The standard recipe for a grande Starbucks brown sugar oat milk shaken espresso calls for 4 pumps of brown sugar syrup (that’s roughly 4 tablespoons). Most will say it’s a fairly sweet drink, but that’s, of course, subjective to individual taste. If you like your shaken espresso less sweet, reduce the amount of syrup. If you prefer a sweeter drink, increase the amount.

What kind of oat milk does Starbucks use for this shaken espresso?

As of 2023, Starbucks uses Oatly oat milk at its locations in the United States. Oatly uses steel-cut oats for its alternative dairy products, which makes the oat milk extra rich and creamy.

In our recipe testing, we used Oatly’s full-fat oat milk.

Our Best Starbucks Copycat Recipes
1 / 28

Lauren Habermehl
Lauren Habermehl is a recipe developer, food photographer and creator of the blog, Frydae. She is a prolific quoter of FRIENDS, lover of weekend DIY projects and procrastinating fitness enthusiast who enjoys exploring the Milwaukee-area with her husband, daughter and ugly mutt named Tyson Doodles.