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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. Why does it say this has 597 calories? A cup of oat milk only has 120 calories and 4 T. of sugar syrup wouldn’t have more than 100 calories….so 1 serving of this shouldn’t have more than 225 calories maximum.

    1. Hi Joel,
      I always recommend that if the nutritional information is important to you, you use your own personal calculator. Ours is automatic and controlled by google. It’s not something we’d prefer to be using. We are required to. I’m sorry for the trouble, we do our best! Hope you enjoy the recipe! xT

    1. Hey Gracie,
      Totally, a mason jar is great to use! I like to strain into a fresh glass of ice:) I hope you love the recipe! xTieghan

  2. I would love to see how you would make an apple brown sugar syrup.

    Also do you know of a way to cut the calories down? Could I sub half of the brown sugar with brown sugar swerve?

    600 calories for one glass is daunting.

    Thank you so much for sharing your talent

    1. Hi Rebecca,
      The syrup is used to your liking and you will have that leftover, I do not know how accurate the calories are, they are based on the system we have to use for google. I hope you love the recipe! xx

    2. You can sub 1-1 with Stevia brown sugar blend. Just follow the conversion chart on the back of the bag. It’ll be the same with stevia/monk fruit/etc. I do add a little more stevia than the recipe suggests, so it’s a little sweeter.

    1. Hi Lisa,
      Happy Monday! Thanks a lot for trying this recipe out, I am so excited to hear that it was a hit! xx

  3. 5 stars
    I hadn’t really tried oat milk before, but the combo of the syrup and the espresso…just delicious! Great way to start the day.

    1. Do you have a French press? You can make espresso in that. If not, maybe a dark roast bottled cold brew?

  4. 5 stars
    This is perfect! Just the recipe I have been searching for. Iced coffee that’s not too sweet with a hint of cinnamon and vanilla. I’m so happy thank you! And my house smells so good too! ❤️ ☕️

    1. Do you have a French press? You can make espresso in that. If not, maybe a dark roast bottled cold brew?

    2. Hey Dana,
      Fantastic! Thanks so much for making this latte and sharing your review, I am so glad it was enjoyed! xx

  5. I have made this many times & love it! I like to control the sweetness and to have it on demand I buy cold brew. It must have oat milk!

    1. Hey Debbie,
      Amazing!! Thanks so much for making this recipe, I am so excited it was enjoyed! Hope you’re having a great weekend! xx

  6. 5 stars
    I’d never had Oat Milk before….but this is so good! It’s been my go-to morning coffee for a couple weeks now! I didn’t add Chai to the syrup, but the brown sugar simple syrup is good in so many things. Added it to a smoothie, a peach crisp, and guaranteed it would work other places as well!

    1. Hey Eleni,
      Amazing!! Thanks so much for making this recipe, I am so excited it was enjoyed! Hope you’re having a great weekend! xx

    1. Hey Ali,
      Sorry, I don’t, we are always switching up the coffee beans in the espresso machine, but we do love a dark roast. Let me know if you give the recipe a try! xx

    1. Hi Nicole!
      Fantastic! Thanks for your comment and trying the recipe:) I am so glad it was enjoyed! xxT