Brown Sugar Shaken Espresso with Oatmilk | Starbucks Copycat Recipe

Sweet brown sugar, warm spices, and bold espresso come together to create the perfect drink when paired with oat milk. It's a fantastic beverage, and it is pretty much all I ever drink these days. 

For those who know me, I am one of the biggest coffee drinkers. I check out just about every coffee shop I come across. I especially make it my mission while traveling. Can we claim "Coffee Shop Exploring" as an official hobby? Cause, that would be fantastic to add to my resume or something. 

I adore it. I love finding coffee shops, checking out what kinds of coffees they offer, seeing their fun seasonal flavors and signature combinations, and seeing if they happen to roast their own coffee. It's a full on experience that is relaxing to me. Most coffee shops are peaceful to me, and I find that's why I love them.

I love trying their signature drinks, even if it's slightly out of my comfort zone. I've had some really delicious and interesting ones like, Cardamom Rose, Peaches and Cream, Lavender Honey, Pistachio, S'mores, White Chocolate Strawberry Rose, and many others. But, as far as my usual order - I always go for a Brown Sugar or a Brown Sugar Cinnamon, and this Brown Sugar Shaken Espresso is my holy grail order. Now that I can make it exactly how I like it every single time, I have zero need to go to Starbucks anymore. So, my wallet and husband are happy about that. 


I've been a fairly frequent customer at Starbucks for the last decade or so, and I've come across drinks that I have really enjoyed. I especially love their fall and Christmas drinks - Gingerbread Latte, Chestnut Praline, Apple Cider Chai, Smoked Butterscotch, and many more. 

However, a lot of them are just too sweet for me. I want to still be able to taste coffee, have a touch of sweetness to knock any bitterness, and not have an overpowering amount of milk. So, when they released their "Brown Sugar Oatmilk Shaken Espresso," I just about lost my mind. I knew that if they ever took it off of their menu, I would begin a protest or something. It was too perfect for them to get rid of. Thankfully, millions of other coffee lovers agreed with me, and Starbucks swore to keep it on their menu.

It was finally the ONLY drink I could order from their menu, without any adjustments, that I loved. It was my favorite of all time. 

So, I decided that I could totally make this at home. and, I actually started making this at home, way before everyone else hopped on the trend. Believe it or not. It's stupid easy.


Ingredients You'll Need to Make this Brown Sugar Shaken Espresso Recipe:

- Brown Sugar

- Water

- Cinnamon Stick

- Star Anise, optional: I love the added flavor that the Star Anise adds, but if you don't have it or do not like the flavor of it, feel free to skip it.

- Salt

- Espresso

- Cinnamon

- Oatmilk

A lot of people are simply adding just brown sugar and cinnamon to their hot espresso, shaking it, and then topping it off with milk. But, that is not actually how Starbucks makes theirs. They use a brown sugar syrup, and I've found that's the most delicious way to make it - even if it adds a few extra steps. 


Below is how I make my Shaken Espresso Coffee Drinks.

The Steps to Make a Brown Sugar Shaken Espresso Drink:

1. Make a brown sugar cinnamon simple syrup. 

2. Brew two shots of espresso, or really strong coffee. 

3. Combine brown sugar syrup, espresso, ice, and cinnamon in a cocktail shaker, mason jar with lid, or other lidded container. Shake until frothy. 

4. Pour into a glass with more ice and top with oatmilk, or the milk of your choice. 

5. Enjoy this fabulous drink. It's a keeper recipe. 

One of the best investments I've made was purchasing my espresso machine. I had tried other brewing gadgets, but nothing compared to having an actual espresso machine. I love my Breville. It is definitely pricey, but I have had mine for over 5 years. I use it just about every day. It has saved me a ton of money. I no longer crave to stop at the local coffee shop, daily. I know that I can make my coffee perfectly at home. Especially, now that I have tweaked this Shaken Espresso to just the way I like it. 

Looking for the perfect treat to eat with your Brown Sugar Shaken Espresso Coffee?

Check out my recipe for Blueberry Orange Biscotti with Pistachios. It is the perfect snack and treat to go along with coffee or any drink. They are the perfect crisp cookie to dunk in to coffee, hot chocolate, or any other beverage. You'll love them just as much as my family does. and, they can be made gluten free or regular. 

Not wanting to make biscotti, but still wanting a fun treat to go with your coffee? Try these Blueberry Olive Oil Cookies that can be made gluten free or regular, also. They are so delicious. Filled with dried blueberries, chunks of white chocolate, chopped pistachios, and a dash of cardamom. 



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