Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Iced Brown Sugar Oat Milk Shaken Espresso #Recipe by Mia P. Manansala @MPMtheWriter

I’m not a big Starbucks drinker—nothing against the chain, but going out for coffee or tea gets expensive, so I usually make my own drinks. If I’m going to actually leave my house (gasp) and splurge on a caffeinated beverage, I prefer hanging out at fun, independently-owned cafes in my area, usually while munching on a yummy pastry and getting some writing done. However, a couple weeks ago, I found myself writing at a Starbucks while waiting for my husband to finish up his dentist appointment nearby. I ordered their new drink, the Iced Brown Sugar Oat Milk Shaken Espresso (what a mouthful), and it absolutely hit the spot. So much so, that I knew I had to recreate it at home.

My hand holding a mason jar glass with a metal straw and iced brown sugar oat milk shaken espresso

I decided to go with a brown sugar syrup (instead of just mixing in plain brown sugar) since it’s fairly common for Filipino drinks and desserts (known as arnibal) and works better for cold drinks. Keep an eye out for my next few entries if you want to know other ways to use this delicious simple syrup!

Iced Brown Sugar Oat Milk Shaken Espresso Recipe


  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 oz espresso OR 4 oz strong brewed coffee
  • 4 - 6 oz oat milk (or milk of choice)
  • Ice
  • Ground cinnamon, optional


Place the brown sugar and water in a small saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil, then lower the heat and let it simmer, stirring occasionally, until the syrup thickens slightly. Add the espresso or coffee, one to two tablespoons of brown sugar syrup (or to taste), and a handful of ice to a cocktail shaker/blender cup/lidded jar. Shake vigorously until the contents are cold, well-combined, and nicely frothy. Carefully transfer the coffee to a cup half-filled with ice, pour the oat milk on top, and sprinkle with cinnamon. Enjoy!

NOTE: You can mix the oat milk with the other ingredients in the shaker as well, but it won’t be as for have that pretty layered look.

Cast of characters: brown sugar, cold brew coffee concentrate, instant espresso, oat milk

Make the brown sugar syrup (arnibal): add the brown sugar and water to a small sauce pan, bring to a boil, then lower to a simmer, stirring occasionally, until the sugar is dissolved and syrup thickens slightly.

Add the coffee or espresso and one to two tablespoons of arnibal to a shaker cup.

Add a handful of ice to the shaker cup as well, and close tightly.

Shake vigorously, then pour the mixture into a cup half-filled with ice.

Add the oat milk.

Sprinkle with cinnamon and enjoy!

What's your favorite drink to order at a cafe? Let me know in the comments!

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  1. My favorite drink to order in a restaurant is sweet tea but at Starbucks I always get a Grande Vanilla Latte. :) A treat for me though is to go out for breakfast when I'm in a city like New Orleans to Cafe du Monde for the cafe au lait and beignets or La Madeleine's for cafe au lait and a croissant.

    1. Ooh, I loved grabbing an iced cafe au lait and beignet the one time I was in New Orleans! I definitely need to go again. Thanks for stopping by, Linda!

  2. Can't wait to try this, Mia. Thanks!

  3. My favorite drink to order at a coffee shop is any type of coffee with caramel!