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Iced Brown Sugar Oat Milk Shaken Cold Brew

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As soon as that warm weather hits, we switch from starting our day with hot coffee to iced. Scott makes the most delicious cold brew! Lately, we’ve switched from using our standard creamer to using our Homemade Oat Milk. Oat milk tastes so much like cow’s milk and adds the perfect creaminess to our morning brew. We don’t miss the dairy at all! When we saw Starbuck’s latest creation – an Iced Brown Sugar Oat Milk Shaken espresso… we knew we could replicate something just as delicious at home! (And save the $6 and plastic cup while we were at it!) So, introducing our first copycat recipe: the delicious Iced Brown Sugar Oat Milk Shaken Cold Brew! It’s the perfect start to the day!

Iced Brown Sugar Oat Milk Shaken Cold Brew (Phew, Say THAT 5X Fast!)

Okay, so this recipe tastes a LOT like the Starbuck’s version. However, since we don’t have an espresso machine… or Starbuck’s exact recipe… this copycat recipe will be a little different. This drink is made up of three main components: Cold Brew Concentrate, Oat Milk and Brown Sugar Simple Syrup. You can read about each a little more below!

How To Make Cold Brew

Cold brew is so easy to make and is our absolute favorite way to make iced coffee! By steeping ground coffee in water overnight, you can create a flavorful iced coffee without the over-extracted bitterness of brewing hot! Cold brew coffee also extracts more caffeine giving us the A.M. boost or midday pick-me-up we often need! For this Iced Brown Sugar Oat Milk Shaken Cold Brew, we made an even stronger Cold Brew Concentrate to replicate the bold flavors of espresso. All we had to do was use a little less water. Here’s how to make cold brew!


  1. Measure your coffee beans. We recommend using a well-sourced, high-quality coffee bean and grinding it fresh! If you are lucky enough to live in Denver, near us, try our favorite roasters at Queen City Collective Coffee (not a sponsor, just the best in town). We promise it’ll be WAY better than Starbuck’s!
  2. Grind your coffee! (Of course, if you don’t have a coffee grinder – feel free to purchase pre-ground beans!)
  3. Measure your filtered water and stir to combine with the ground coffee. (As mentioned, the recipe below has a higher ratio of coffee beans to water to create a richer, espresso-like cold brew concentrate. For a classic cold brew we use 60 grams of coffee to 1 liter of water.)
  4. Refrigerate the cold brew overnight, or at least 8 hours. Without the heat, the coffee steeps much slower. That being said, the subtle nuances of the coffee remain and it is well worth the wait! We make a batch of cold brew about twice a week to keep our morning’s fueled and coffee fresh!
  5. Strain the cold brew through a coffee filter. (We do this directly into our Chemex coffee maker (also, not a sponsor), but you could put a coffee filter in a fine mesh strainer and strain directly into a jar.) That’s it! The coffee is ready to be shaken into this Iced Brown Sugar Oat Milk Shaken Cold Brew recipe! Cheers!

Oat Milk

If you aren’t already, it’s time to get on board the oat milk train! Oat milk is the BEST alternative milk option! This plant-based milk is vegan, soy-free, nut-free, dairy-free, nutritious and delicious! Aside from being allergen-friendly, it’s just so delicious. Everyone seems to enjoy it so it’s no wonder that Starbuck’s wanted in on the action. Now that it is so popular, oat milk is widely available in most every grocery store. Better yet, we have a super easy-breezy recipe for The Best Homemade Oat Milk. (P.S. It only takes five minutes, three ingredients and about $1. What are you waiting for!?) Oat milk adds the perfect creamy deliciousness to this Starbuck’s copycat recipe!

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Iced Brown Sugar Oat Milk Shaken Cold Brew

Brown Sugar Simple Syrup

Have you ever ordered an iced coffee to find a pile of sugar crystals piling at the bottom? Who does that!? Simple syrup is the no-brainer solution for sweetening iced beverages. For this Iced Brown Sugar Oat Milk Shaken Cold Brew recipe we’re taking Starbuck’s lead and creating a Brown Sugar Simple Syrup. As the name would suggest, it’s just as simple as regular old simple syrup…just made with brown sugar, instead. All you need to do is combine equal parts of brown sugar and water in a saucepan. Heat it up, and stir to combine! Leftover Brown Sugar Simple Syrup goes great in whiskey and rum cocktails, too!

Shake it Up!

When you’re ready to treat yourself, combine your Cold Brew Concentrate, Oat Milk, Brown Sugar Simple Syrup and a sprinkle of ground cinnamon in a cocktail tin or mason jar. Add ice and shake, shake, shake to combine! Strain the Iced Brown Sugar Oat Milk Shaken Cold Brew onto some fresh ice or drink it straight from the jar! Starbuck’s who!? Pat yourself on your barista back and throw that six bucks in the piggy bank! We can all cheers to that!

If you want to switch it up, try this Starbuck’s copycat recipe with your own favorite milk or milk alternative. (Though seriously, our Homemade Oat Milk recipe is worth a try.) If you are lucky enough to have an espresso machine, we recommend using a triple shot as a Cold Brew Concentrate substitute. Not feeling the cinnamon? That’s cool, try it with a splash of vanilla extract instead. Other ideas? Let us know how you customized your iced coffee in the comments below!

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We know you will love this Starbuck’s copycat recipe! Our Iced Brown Sugar Oat Milk Shaken Cold Brew is super delicious and a great specialty coffee that you can enjoy at home or on the go! Be sure to leave a star rating, snap a pic and let us know when you make this recipe! And, as always, mention @foodworthfeed or tag #foodworthfeed in your Instagram posts and stories! We’d love to feature you on social! We love having a seat at your table, you’ll always have one at ours. Cheers!

a glass of iced oat milk shaken cold brew

Iced Brown Sugar Oat Milk Shaken Cold Brew

This delicious Starbuck’s copycat recipe is the perfect icy beverage to kickstart your day! Cold Brew Coffee Concentrate is shaken with The Best Homemade Oat Milk, Brown Sugar Simple Syrup and a sprinkle of cinnamon! So good! 
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Course: Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Brown Sugar Cold Brew, Iced Brown Sugar Oat Milk Shaken Cold Brew, Iced Brown Sugar Oat Milk Shaken Espresso, Iced Brown Sugar Oatmilk Shaken Cold Brew, Iced Brown Sugar Oatmilk Shaken Espresso, Oat Milk Cold Brew, Oat Milk Iced Coffee, Oatmilk Cold Brew, Starbuck’s Copycat Recipe
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cold Brew Preparation: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 1 Beverage
Disclaimer: Please be aware that when using the recipe multiplier (1x/2x/3x) only the quantities in the ‘Ingredients’ list will change. Any specific quantities mentioned in the ‘Instructions’ text will refer to the original (1x) recipe quantity.

Special Equipment

  • Cocktail Tin (or mason jar)


Iced Brown Sugar Oat Milk Shaken Cold Brew

  • 4 ounces Cold Brew Concentrate
  • 4 ounces oat milk we use The Best Homemade Oat Milk recipe
  • 1 ounce Brown Sugar Simple Syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Ice as needed for shaking and serving

Cold Brew Concentrate (This recipe makes enough Cold Brew Concentrate for 4 Beverages.)

  • ¾ Cup plus 2 Tablespoons ground coffee ethically-sourced, freshly-ground beans recommended
  • 22½ ounces filtered water

Brown Sugar Simple Syrup (This recipe makes enough Brown Sugar Simple Syrup for at least 4 beverages.)

  • ½ Cup brown sugar
  • ½ Cup filtered water


Cold Brew Concentrate

  • Gather, measure and prepare the Cold Brew Concentrate ingredients as listed. To view metric measurements, toggle the US Customary/Metric switch at the top of this recipe card.
  • In a large container, combine ground coffee and water. Stir until all the grounds are incorporated in the water.
  • Seal the container and place in the fridge for 8-12 hours.
  • Strain through a fine mesh strainer lined with a coffee filter. The concentrate can be made ahead of time and kept refrigerated for up to one week.

Brown Sugar Simple Syrup

  • Gather, measure and prepare the Brown Sugar Simple Syrup ingredients as listed.
  • In a medium saucepan, combine brown sugar and water.  Bring to a simmer over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally until all of the brown sugar has dissolved.
  • Remove the syrup from the heat and allow to cool to room-temperature. Syrup can be made ahead of time and kept refrigerated for up to two weeks.

Iced Brown Sugar Oat Milk Shaken Cold Brew

  • Gather, measure and prepare the Iced Brown Sugar Oat Milk Shaken Cold Brew ingredients as listed.
  • Combine Cold Brew Concentrate, oat milk, Brown Sugar Simple Syrup and ground cinnamon in a cocktail tin (or mason jar) with ice. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds.
  • Strain the contents of the tin into a Collins glass (or enjoy straight from the jar!). Fill glass with fresh ice for serving. Enjoy!


Calories: 169kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 96mg | Potassium: 96mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 36g | Vitamin A: 237IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 214mg | Iron: 1mg
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