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Starbucks Iced Shaken Espresso Easy to Make at Home Recipe

Ever had one of those days where your heart yearns for the comforting embrace of a Starbucks iced shaken espresso with a little brown sugar and oat milk, but the nearest coffee shop’s renovation ruins your plans? Or, maybe, the local Starbucks is just too far out of the way?

Us too! So I set out to create a delicious Starbucks copycat recipe in the coziness of my own home. And the result? An easy copycat recipe that even better then the real deal!

Starbucks Iced Shaken Espresso in a glass jar on a white counter top

Ever craved your Starbucks fave, but the local branch is closed? Or it wasn’t in the budget? Us too!

Enter the homemade shaken espresso. This drink’s no longer 30 minutes away. It’s in your kitchen. Simple ingredients, maximum flavor without the drive through line!

What Is Shaken Espresso?

Shaken espresso is based on a traditional Italian drink called a Caffè Shakerato. Which is espresso shaken with ice often lightly sweetened.

Typically, a shaken espresso at Starbucks contains one or two shots of espresso, a sweet brown sugar syrup, and ice, shaken up.

Shaking your espresso helps to lower the acidity giving you a smoother drink with a velvety mouthfeel. If you find espresso too strong or bitter normally a shaken espresso might be for you!

Supplies for Iced Shaken Espresso

A jar with lid or cocktail shaker

A small sauce pan for making the brown sugar syrup

Spoon for mixing the syrup as it cooks

Your favorite iced coffee vessel! I love these glass ones with lids and straws for on the go!

Starbucks Iced Shaken Espresso Ingredients:

  • 2 shots of espresso or about 60 ml of strong brewed coffee
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons of homemade brown sugar syrup (adjust to taste)
  • Ice
  • Milk (oat, almond, cow’s milk, or any of your choice)
Starbucks Iced Shaken Espresso before adding milk or cream

Starbucks Iced Shaken Espresso Instructions:

  1. Brew Espresso: Brew your espresso shots or strong coffee.
  2. Cool the Espresso: Let the espresso cool slightly. For faster cooling, place it in the freezer briefly.
  3. Add Brown Sugar Syrup: In a shaker, combine the espresso and brown sugar syrup.
  4. Shake: Add ice to the shaker, enough to cover the espresso. Secure the lid and shake well for 15-30 seconds.
  5. Serve: Pour the shaken espresso into a glass with ice.
  6. Top with Milk: Add your chosen milk to fill the glass.

There you have it! A rich and frothy shaken espresso with the sweetness and depth of homemade brown sugar syrup. Enjoy!

Mason Jar Magic

No cocktail shaker on hand? No problem. Your empty jam jar or mason jar, with its tight-fitting lid, is all you need. Pour in, secure the lid, and give it a good shake.

Empty jam jars aren’t just for shaking; they’re perfect for on-the-go too. Brew your espresso, add your homemade brown sugar syrup, splash in your favorite kind of milk, and shake. Screw on the lid, grab your keys, and you’re ready to face the day. No more waiting in the drive through line!

If you want a cup that will keep your shaken espresso cold and fit in your cup holder I LOVE this one!

mason jar with iced latte in it.

Starbucks Iced Shaken Espresso Shots: Your Choice

Nespresso machine, moka pot, or classic espresso maker – all work wonders. Want a shortcut? Try brewed espresso or even strong coffee.

The Syrup Game

Starbucks version too sweet? Customize! Create your brown sugar syrup recipe.

  • Combine dark brown sugar, vanilla extract and water.
  • Simmer in a small saucepan.
  • Cool, then store in airtight container.

Storing Brown Sugar Syrup

Storing brown sugar syrup properly is crucial to maintain its quality and extend its shelf life. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Cool Down: Allow the brown sugar syrup to cool completely after cooking.
  2. Choose the Right Container: Transfer the syrup to an airtight container. Glass jars with tight-fitting lids are ideal as they don’t absorb odors and are easy to clean.
  3. Refrigerate: Store the syrup in an air tight container in the refrigerator.
  4. Label and Date: Mark the container with the date you made the syrup. This helps keep track of its freshness and ensures you use it within its optimal time frame.
  5. Shelf Life: Properly stored, homemade brown sugar syrup can last for about 4 weeks in the refrigerator.

By following these storage tips, your brown sugar syrup should remain fresh and tasty, ready to enhance your ice coffee or other beverages!

Milk It Right

Creamy oat milk? Almond milk? Soy? Pick any non-dairy milk or classic whole milk. Tailor to your personal preferences and dietary needs!

milky Starbucks Iced Shaken Espresso

The Starbucks Experience

Pour shots of espresso. Add desired amount of brown sugar syrup. Fresh ice, then shake! Top with your milk of choice. Enjoy!

Upgrades & Twists

Add a dash of cinnamon or a cinnamon stick to your syrup

Add Vanilla bean instead of extract to your syrup

Muddle a little fresh mint in the bottom of your jar before you add your ice. I love this in the summer when our garden is exploding with fresh mint leaves!

Extra flavor: hazelnut syrup, vanilla syrup, or any other coffee syrup you love!

Save Money and Time

Skip the long drive and save a ton of money by recreating the best Starbucks right in the comfort of your own home! Plus, think of the variations! Iced brown sugar oat milk shaken espresso today, iced chocolate almond milk shaken espresso tomorrow? The possibilities are endless!

Discovering the Perfect Brew

Sure, a dash to coffee shops gives you the real thing, but there’s a charm to a homemade version. What kind of espresso? Blonde espresso or a full-bodied espresso shot? Use an espresso pod from your favorite brand or maybe brew some instant espresso. Tailor your double shot of espresso just the way you like it.

Making this iced coffee drink is a breeze. First sip will remind you of the real thing. Easy, delicious, and definitely wallet-friendly. Your Starbucks menu, tailored in your own kitchen.

Remember, you’ve got the full recipe card here. Try, taste, tweak. Here’s to mastering your favorite Starbucks drink recipe at home!

Starbucks Iced Shaken Espresso Milk Matters

The type of milk you use can change the whole game. From cold foam-topped delights to a simple splash of almond or oat, you decide the kind of milk for that perfect taste.

Tips For Simple Syrup

Experiment to make your perfect Iced Shaken Espresso! How many tablespoons of syrup make your drink just right? Do you venture into homemade brown sugar syrup or experiment with a hint of natural flavor? Add ice cubes and shake well, replicating that delicious drink we all know and love.

Customize Your Shaken Espresso

There are so many great flavors and add-ons available, play with personalizing your drink!

Cinnamon: Adds a warm, spicy note that pairs beautifully with brown sugar. You can add this to your brown sugar syrup in the form of a cinnamon stick or add a spirnkle of cinnamon directly to your drink.

Caramel Syrup: Offers a buttery richness for a deeper sweetness. You can skip the brown sugar syrup all together and opt for your favorite caramel sauce instead!

Maple Syrup: Maple syrup id a great natural substitute for the brown sugar syrup! I love this one in the fall!

Almond Milk: As a milk alternative, it adds a light, nutty flavor.

Coconut Cream: For a dairy free swap and a delicous creamy texture.

Whipped Cream: On top for extra decadence!

Honey: Adds natural sweetness with a distinct flavor. We love adding honey to our coffee especially during cold and flu season!

Play with the type of espresso you use! We have a list of our favorites here or grab a bag of blonde roast espresso for a lighter espresso flavor.

These add-ins allow you to customize your Brown Sugar Shaken Espresso to suit your taste preferences and utilize the ingredient you have on hand to make your coffee experience even more enjoyable!

Making Starbucks Iced Shaken Espresso at Home

Imagine savoring every sip, knowing it’s crafted by you. It’s a great way to enjoy a tasty drink with the exact mg of caffeine you desire. The best part? No drive to the local Starbucks necessary.

This isn’t just a copycat Starbucks recipe, but a tribute to all the delicious Starbucks copycat recipes out there. Trust me, once you perfect your version, coffee shops might just see a tad bit less of you.

Iced Shaken Espresso
Yield: 1 Iced LAtte

Iced Shaken Espresso

Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute
Additional Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 4 minutes

Ever had one of those days where your heart yearns for the comforting embrace of a Starbucks iced shaken espresso with a little brown sugar and oat milk, but the nearest coffee shop's renovation ruins your plans? Or, maybe, the local Starbucks is just too far out of the way?

Ingredients

  • 2 shots of espresso or about 60 ml of strong brewed coffee
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons of homemade brown sugar syrup (adjust to taste)
  • 1/2 cup Milk of choice
  • Ice

Brown Sugar Syrup

  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract (optional)

Twists

  • Dash of cinnamon or a cinnamon stick to your syrup
  • Vanilla bean instead of extract to your syrup
  • Muddle a little fresh mint in the bottom of your jar before you add your ice.
  • Extra flavor: hazelnut syrup, vanilla syrup, or any coffee syrup you love!

Instructions

  1. Make your brown sugar syrup. Combine Ingredients: In a small saucepan, combine the brown sugar and water.
  2. Heat the Mixture: Place the saucepan over medium heat and stir until the sugar dissolves completely.
  3. Bring to a Simmer: Allow the mixture to come to a gentle simmer, then reduce the heat to low.
    Simmer: Let it simmer for 5 to 7 minutes without stirring. This will allow the syrup to thicken slightly.
  4. Add Vanilla (Optional): Remove the saucepan from heat and stir in the vanilla extract, if using.
    Cool: Allow the syrup to cool to room temperature. It will continue to thicken as it cools.
  5. Store: Transfer the syrup to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator.
  6. Brew Espresso: Brew your espresso shots or strong coffee.
  7. Cool the Espresso: Let the espresso cool slightly. For faster cooling, place it in the freezer briefly.
  8. Add Brown Sugar Syrup: In a shaker, combine the espresso and brown sugar syrup.
  9. Shake: Add ice to the shaker, enough to cover the espresso. Secure the lid and shake well for 15-30 seconds
  10. Serve: Pour the shaken espresso into a glass with ice.
  11. Top with Milk: Add your chosen milk to fill the glass.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

10

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 108Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 19mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 0gSugar: 24gProtein: 0g

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