Make this decadent homemade Iced Brown Sugar Shaken Espresso with bold amounts of brown sugar flavor coupled with espresso, hints of maple, and your favorite plant-based milk that creates the perfect pick-me-up in the mornings! All Dairy-free and vegan. Serve hot or cold.
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Honestly, I used to be an avid Starbucks goer before learning to make my own coffee at home. While I don't mind an occasional treat here and there, I've just found more excitement and perfection in making it home as long as I have the ingredients needed.
This Iced Brown Sugar Shaken Espresso is no exception and I couldn't be more excited to share this with you. Granted, I've actually made this drink shaken and non-shaken and both methods taste just as delicious although the actual process of shaking is said to make the espresso taste 'smoother'.
Why You'll Love This Iced Brown Sugar Shaken Espresso
First and foremost, the flavors in this simple and easy drink is enough to convince anyone, however, here are a few more reasons why you'll love this recipe:
It's Very Similar to Starbucks. I tried to make this Iced Brown Sugar Shaken Espresso as close to Starbuck's version as I could with the exception of adding personal preferences that you might have! i.e. cold espresso (pre-made) or actual espresso shots, etc.
It's super fun to make! I literally love the shaking effect of this whole drink and my son even gets involved just because he enjoys the shaking of the ingredients. Haha.
You save money! This by far is one of my biggest reasons for making my own coffee at home (minus the last point to come). You definitely save more money purchasing the ingredients and making your own servings at home.
It's healthier. Most of all, this is my biggest plus! I love when I am able to know what ingredients I use whenever making drinks, cooking, or baking. Making my own lattes and coffee at home has definitely allowed me to switch to healthier, organic ingredients which is a win, win!
What Exactly is Shaken Espresso?
OK, so if you're new to the idea of shaken espresso or just never got it from Starbucks, then I've got you covered! Basically, shaken espresso was invented in Italy where it's known as "shakerato". It consists of a single or double shot of espresso with ice and sugar or syrup, which is then all shaken in a cocktail shaker. That's it.
The drink is customizable and is easy to make even at home.
You will experience light smoothness due to the aeration and chilling in the shaker that makes this drink incredibly refreshing.
A delicious and long-lasting froth that is infused with flavor.
Shaken espresso has plenty of caffeine to power you through the day.
Shaking adds an extra dimension and some visual flair behind the counter and the soothing sound of swooshing ice.
Iced Brown Sugar Shaken Espresso Ingredients
The main component in this simple homemade Iced Brown Sugar Shaken Espresso recipe is the sweet brown sugar flavor and the coffee. To make your drink, you’ll use:
Espresso. You can also use chilled espresso coffee or actual freshly brewed shots.
Almond milk. Make your own! Or use store-bought Almond milk. You can also use other plant-based milk options.
Vanilla. Creates a nice addition of flavor.
Crushed ice. The best highlight of this drink to keep things cold. Crush your ice or use a nice ice cub tray.
Maple syrup. This adds extra sweetness to the entire drink and works so well with the brown sugar.
Brown sugar. I use organic to make sure it’s vegan.
Water. For boiling and creating of the syrup.
Can I Use Other Types of Milk?
Absolutely! If you’d like to switch things up with the type of plant-based milk that you use—–that’s totally fine! The world of plant-based milk is constantly expanding. From the classics like coconut milk, cashew milk, soy milk and almond milk, we now have delicious options like oat milk, and even potato and quinoa milk.
Yes! You can definitely switch things up by serving this brown sugar shaken espresso hot or cold whenever you chose to. To serve hot, simply keep the brown sugar mixture warm.
Then add the warm mixture in with the espresso (without ice) and shake until combined. Then add the milk to a saucepan over medium-low heat and allow it to warm through. Pour the milk in a mug and top with the shaken brown sugar-espresso mixture, stir, and enjoy!
Can I Make this Non-Shaken?
Of course! To switch things up or if you simply aren't able to do the traditional "shake" because you're running late, etc. you can surely enjoy this drink without the "shake".
After making the brown sugar syrup and letting it cool, simply add the ingredients together in a glass, do a quick stir, and wallah! The only difference is that you won't have a 'foam' at the top of your drink.
Brown Sugar Shaken Espresso Starbucks Version
When it comes to the original recipe from Starbucks for this Iced Brown Sugar Shaken Espresso, the ingredients are simple:
Oatmilk (I interchangeably use different plant-based dairy-free kinds of milk!)
Brewed espresso (I love using cold brew for less caffeine, but you can use actual espresso shots!)
Brown sugar syrup (I like the idea of making my own homemade version)
Cinnamon (You can definitely add cinnamon to yours if desired)