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This easy homemade Iced Brown Sugar Latte with shaken espresso is the sweetest iced coffee to cool off with this month. Homemade vanilla brown sugar syrup gets shaken up with triple shots of espresso and a couple dashes of cinnamon. Pour this sweet coffee over ice and add creamy oat milk. This iced latte is creamy, ice cold, and just perfectly sweet. Great for sipping while doing just about, well…anything!

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Every Sunday night on Instagram, I put out an “ask me anything” sticker tag on my Instagram stories. I love doing these Q&A’s so much. I find they’re a really fun way for me to answer questions about things I might not be thinking to talk about, or that you’re all just generally curious about.

Most of the questions that come in are in regard to my lifestyle, beauty, fashion, travel, and of course, food.

This past weekend, I was asked if I’d ever tried to recreate the very popular Starbucks Iced Brown Sugar Latte. I have not, and when I shared that with everyone I was flooded with direct messages requesting a recipe.

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But the funny thing? I already had plans to make my own version of the iced brown sugar latte.

With the hot August weather and the thousands of requests for this recipe, I figured it really was the perfect time.

So here we are!

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Onto the details

First off, huge shout out to a very kind reader, Tracey G. Tracey works at Starbucks and gave me the behind the scenes rundown of how they make the drink.

It is EASY.

I kept mine easy too, but added vanilla and cinnamon to the mix, to make things even better. And if you want, there is even a chai variation too.

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Make the vanilla brown sugar syrup

This is really the key to the latte.

You’ll need brown sugar, cinnamon sticks, and vanilla. If you don’t have cinnamon sticks, ground cinnamon works too!

Simmer the syrup on the stove to dissolve the sugar and that’s it. Now you have homemade brown sugar syrup!

If you want to take the flavor up a bit and make the latte cozier, add a few chai bags and steep the tea in the syrup to infuse. This will give you the warming flavors of chai…which is insanely delicious. Totally optional though and up to you!

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Now shake that espresso

Pour three shots of espresso over ice. Add as much of the brown sugar syrup as you’d like, and then a couple dashes of ground cinnamon.

Now shake, shake, shake.

Pour the sweet coffee over ice, then pour over the oat milk. I like to finish with a small dash of cinnamon. And then, just because I love a pretty drink, I always add a sprig of fresh lavender.

And voilà…just like Starbucks, but made with more flavor, and it’s SO GOOD.

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I love that we can control just how sweet we want the drink to be. It’s so customizable, you can really make this drink into something you’re going to love.

So here’s my Friday tip, make the brown sugar syrup tonight…or over the weekend. Then make homemade lattes in minutes all week long.

Trust me, it’ll be the best move you made all week!

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Looking for other fun summer recipes, try these:

Cinnamon Maple Brown Butter Blackberry Peach Crisp

Dirty Horchata

Frothy Whipped Coffee White Russian

No Churn Fudge Brownie Coffee Ice Cream

Lastly, if you make this iced brown sugar latte with shaken espresso, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

Iced Brown Sugar Latte with Shaken Espresso

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings: 1 with leftover syrup
Calories Per Serving: 597 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.


Vanilla Brown Sugar Syrup



  • 1. Bring 1 cup water, the brown sugar, and cinnamon stick to a boil in a small pot. Simmer 2-3 minutes, until the sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat and add the vanilla. If using, add the tea bags, cover, and steep 10 minutes. Keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
    2. In a shaker glass filled with ice, combine the espresso, 2-4 tablespoons syrup, and a couple dashes of cinnamon. Shake vigorously for 1 minute. Strain into a tall glass with ice. Pour over the milk. Stir to combine. Enjoy!
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  1. 5 stars
    This brown sugar cinnamon syrup is my favorite! I keep some in my refrigerator at all times! So good in iced or hot drinks!

  2. 5 stars
    My son decided to make this recipe for me and WOW!!! Just like Starbucks…actually BETTER!! He did modify it alittle and went with 2 shots of espresso, 1 tbls syrup (I like drinks less sweet) and 6 oz of oat milk.