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Enjoy a coffeehouse favorite at home with this iced shaken espresso. Flavored with brown sugar and finished with your favorite milk, this is an easy and delicious way to enjoy your morning coffee or an afternoon pick-me-up.

Tall glass filled with shaken espresso, set on a wooden board.

I probably should have called this “Starbucks at home” week, because that’s what it has become.

Earlier this week I showed you how to make homemade versions of the brown sugar syrup and vanilla sweet cream cold foam. Today, we’re going to talk about making your own iced shaken espresso.

This drink has become super popular and I totally get why. As a iced coffee girl myself, it’s totally the type of coffee drink I love.

So even though I’ll still swing through the drive thru every now and then, it’s great to know how to make this at home for those days when I want to save money (or save myself a trip outside of the house).

Image of shaken espresso in a tall glass showing the frothy top of the espresso.


If you’ve seen the iced shaken espresso on the Starbucks menu and wondered what it is, you’ve come to the right place.

An iced shaken espresso is honestly exactly what it sounds like: Espresso is shaken with ice and optional flavored syrups, then topped with your choice of milk.

Shaking the espresso cools it quickly and gives it a frothy consistency. It is especially good when paired with a creamy milk.

One of the most popular drinks at Starbucks right now is the brown sugar  oat milk shaken espresso. The espresso is flavored with a brown sugar syrup during the shaking process and topped with oat milk. 

The nuttiness of the oat milk and the richness of the brown sugar are a perfect pairing with the espresso, but there are a lot of different ways you can make this drink your own.

Ingredients for iced shaken espresso on a wooden board.


Iced shaken espresso is so easy to make. In fact, once you see how easy it is, you’ll wonder why you never tried making it before!

But it also sounds fancy, so it’s great to make when you have guests over. You know how I love to impress people with deceptively simple recipes!

What you’ll need

To make this drink, you will need:

  • 3 shots espresso 
  • 2 tablespoons homemade brown sugar syrup
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ⅓ cup oat milk or your personal milk preference

You can use any espresso you like. I happen to keep the Starbucks Blonde Espresso Roast on hand, but any espresso you like works here. 

My homemade brown sugar syrup recipe makes 12 servings (2 tablespoons per serving), so you’ll be able to make 12 iced shaken espressos using a single batch of the syrup.

I do really love the combination of oat milk with the brown sugar syrup in this recipe, but feel free to use your own favorite milk.

In addition to the ingredients listed above, you will also need a 12-ounce jar with a tight-fitting lid. If you happen to have a cocktail shaker, you can use that instead.

And of course you will need ice! You’ll need about 1 ½ cups of ice. Remember that some of it will melt down into the espresso as you shake it. 

Making this recipe

To make your iced shaken espresso, brew the espresso and add it to your jar or shaker with the brown sugar syrup and cinnamon. Depending on how you are brewing your espresso, you can brew it right into the jar or shaker if you like.

Give the ingredients a quick stir, then add in the ice and close the lid tightly. Shake the jar vigorously for about 30 seconds to cool and aerate the espresso.

Pour the contents of the jar into a tall glass – alternatively, you can strain the espresso over fresh ice – and top with your milk of choice.


Remember how I said that even though the brown sugar and oat milk combo is super popular, there are lots of ways to make this iced shaken espresso your own?

No matter how you prefer it, this iced shaken espresso is a great recipe to keep on hand for those coffeehouse mornings at home.

Glass of iced shaken espresso set on a wooden board and surrounded by brown sugar and cinnamon sticks.
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Iced Shaken Espresso

By: Jamie
5 from 3 ratings
Prep: 5 minutes
Servings: 1
Enjoy a coffeehouse favorite at home with this iced shaken espresso. Flavored with brown sugar and finished with your favorite milk, this is an easy and delicious way to enjoy your morning coffee or an afternoon pick-me-up.


  • 3 shots espresso
  • 2 tablespoons homemade brown sugar syrup
  • teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • cup oat milk or your personal milk preference


  • Add the espresso, brown sugar syrup and cinnamon to a 12-ounce mason jar and stir to combine. Add in about 1 ½ cups ice to the jar, tightly close the lid, and shake the jar for about 30 seconds – this will quickly cool and fluff up your shots of espresso. Pour into a tall glass and top with ⅓ cup oat milk or your personal milk preference.



If you don’t want to make the brown sugar syrup, you can simply add 1 tablespoon (more or less to taste) of brown sugar in with your hot espresso and stir to dissolve the sugar before shaking with ice.
If you’re feeling fancy, you can also top with vanilla sweet cream cold foam.


Calories: 198kcal, Carbohydrates: 47g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 0.1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 0.004g, Sodium: 61mg, Potassium: 201mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 42g, Vitamin A: 170IU, Vitamin C: 0.3mg, Calcium: 168mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. Lil Bergman says:

    Do you use an expression machine?

    1. Jamie says:

      If you happen to have an espresso machine, you can certainly use that to brew your espresso. Happy baking!