Brown Sugar Oatmilk Shaken Espresso

This Homemade Brown Sugar Oatmilk Shaken Espresso is made with simple ingredients that you can actually pronounce!

Lately, my go-to drink at Starbucks has been the Brown Sugar Shaken Espresso. It’s a great lower sugar, lower calorie option in comparison to their other syrupy drinks. I love treating myself to the occasional Starbucks but ever since I bought my Nespresso, I am trying to refrain from spending money on coffee! And I knew that I could definitely make my own version at home with no syrup!

This turns out just like the Starbucks original that I love without Starbucks’ super long ingredients list. All you have to do is invest a few minutes of your time to make this (still a lot shorter than those drive throughs!) A lot of the recipes I have seen for the Brown Sugar Shaken Espresso requires whipping up a batch of brown sugar syrup. An issue with that is that I never know what to do with all the leftover syrup.

Instead, I decided to make a single-serve version of the recipe that makes just enough for one person without the hassle of the syrup. The best part is that it will not take you very long to do! It’s a quick 5-minute recipe that’ll leave you craving more! It is perfect to whip up in the morning and will not take much time or effort. If you’re someone on a tight budget (hint, hint….college kids) this is a great option for you. This drink is so easy to make at home that there is really no reason to spend $5 on it! Here’s a quick overview of the recipe with each step broken down!

Step 1: The Espresso

Brew up two shots of your favorite espresso! I have the Nespresso Vertuo and I personally love to use the Double Espresso Dulce and Voltesso. If you prefer not to use espresso or don’t have an espresso machine, you can opt for a strong coffee instead. If you do have access to an espresso machine, however, I recommend using espresso to really get that real Starbucks flavor! The convenient thing about making this at home is you can use your preferred roast, blend and caffeination level! You can customize it to your liking and if you want to go the decaf route, you have an easy fix.

Step 2: The Syrup Replacement

Add your espresso to a mason jar with cinnamon, vanilla extract, and brown sugar. The next step is my favorite… SHAKE IT UP! Make sure to shake it up reeeealllyy well! This replacement for the syrup is perfect and you won’t even taste the difference!

Step 3: Milk Options

One reason this drink got so popular was the fact that it was a non-dairy option! Just like in the store, you can customize the at home version to your preferences. For reference, Starbucks uses the Oatly Barista oat milk! You can even stick with cow’s milk or switch to other non-dairy milk. Whatever your preferences, it works! Pour your milk over ice and then over the espresso! Final step: ENJOY!!

Why this recipe works without syrup:

When we shake the hot espresso with the brown sugar and cinnamon, the heat combined with the fast movement of the particles is enough to dissolve everything! For a small serving like this recipe the little bit of heat is enough but a larger batch wouldn’t work. Additionally, you don’t want to mix the espresso with the sugar and cinnamon & leave it to sit in the fridge for days! Instead, for the bigger batches, you would have to actually heat it over the stove to dissolve. So, if you are thinking about making a bigger batch, keep this tip in mind to ensure it turns out exactly the way you want it to.

What You’ll Need:

Brown Sugar : Dark, Regular or Light!

Vanilla Extract


Espresso (for the Shaken Espresso!)

Oatly Oatmilk or Oatmilk of Choice

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Homemade Vegan Iced Brown Sugar Oatmilk Shaken Espresso (No Syrup!)

  • Total Time: 5
  • Yield: 1 Glass 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


This Homemade Brown Sugar Oatmilk Shaken Espresso is made with simple ingredients that you can actually pronounce!



1 tbsp brown sugar, not packed

2 shots espresso

½ cup oatmilk

⅛ tsp vanilla extract

¼ tsp cinnamon

Lots of Ice



  1. For the shaken espresso, pick a mason jar with a lid or a tight container that won’t leak when you shake. Pour the hot espresso into the mason jar with the brown sugar, vanilla extract cinnamon and ice. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds to 1 minute to dissolve the sugar completely!
  2. Add ice to a tall glass and pour your shaken espresso over it. Then, top with the oatmilk and sprinkle of cinnamon! Feel free to add in some more sweetener of choice if you would like.
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Category: Coffee

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  1. This recipe is so good and I LOVE oatmilk especially starbucks oatmilk drinks but they’re so expensive, and this was a great substitute!!!

  2. Shrinidhi says:

    I absolutely love starbucks oatmilk drinks but they’re so expensive :((( and this was an AMAZING substitute loved it so much and will definitely be making this again

  3. Made this recipe over a 100 times!! Love it 😍😍

  4. Farida Bakkalla says:

    This is the first shaken espresso recipe that’s I’ve come across that didn’t require a ton of stuff!! I never thought of using a mason jar but this turned out great. I love all your recipes but the coffee ones are the absolute best and so easyyy!

  5. Made this today – its super quick and tastes just like the real thing! Also perfect to take to work . Thanks Ramya!

    1. This is one of my faves to take to work as well!