This toasted vanilla oatmilk shaken espresso is my new favorite drink to make at home. It's wonderfully sweet and creamy with a vanilla flavor that's simply addictive. After one sip, you'll be hooked!
Have you had the new shaken espresso drink Starbucks released a few months ago? I have, and it's absolutely delicious. Of course, I can't justify spending all my money on coffee in the morning, so I made this copycat recipe.
Honestly, it's pretty close to the real deal. So no more wasting time in the drive-thru on your way to work. You can prep this delicious espresso drink and make it in just minutes!
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Why You'll Love This Recipe
- It's as close to the real thing as you can get. I would consider myself a professional when it comes to creating copycat Starbucks drinks. Have you tried my version of the Starbucks sweet cream cold foam or Starbucks chai tea latte? Anyway, this iced toasted vanilla oatmilk shaken espresso is no different. You'll trick yourself into thinking it's actually from Starbucks!
- It's convenient. This recipe skips one of my least favorite things to do, wait in the drive-thru line. With this copycat recipe, you can make a Starbucks-level morning coffee and enjoy a stress-free morning without wasting time (and money)!
- The flavor. The key in this recipe is the homemade toasted vanilla syrup, which creates an unmatched caramelized vanilla flavor. The vanilla flavor has dimensions and layers, and don't get me started on how smoothly the espresso pairs with it.
- It's natural. Because you're making this shaken espresso at home, you can see all the ingredients that go into it. No preservatives, no artificial flavors, and you have control over what you add to it!
Ingredients You'll Need
For the toasted vanilla syrup:
- Vanilla beans- fresh ones are commonly found at most grocery stores.
- Granulated sugar- You can cut down on the amount used in this recipe to lessen the sugar content.
- Vanilla bean paste- Pairs with the fresh vanilla bean and helps enhance the flavor.
- Water- the base of the syrup.
For the espresso drink:
- Espresso- freshly brewed for the best flavor.
- Toasted vanilla syrup- the homemade version from above. You can also use store-bought syrup to save time.
- Creamy oat milk- or any dairy or nondairy alternative you prefer.
How To Make Iced Toasted Vanilla Oatmilk Shaken Espresso
Step 1: Toast the vanilla beans. Slice the vanilla bean in half lengthwise, slice into smaller pieces, and place in a medium saucepan. Toast the vanilla beans over medium heat for 1-2 minutes. Make sure to stir occasionally to keep them from burning.
Step 2: Make the toasted vanilla bean syrup. Pour the water, sugar, and vanilla bean paste over the vanilla beans and bring to a boil. Lower the heat to simmer and let the mixture infuse for 8-10 minutes. Store the syrup in a heat-proof mason jar or glass container and let it cool down fully.
Step 3: Make the shaken espresso. In a cocktail shaker or mason jar, add the freshly brewed espresso shots, toasted vanilla syrup, and ice. Tightly close the jar or the cocktail shaker and shake for 20-30 seconds until the espresso is chilled and frothy.
Step 4: Finish it off. Pour the mixed drink into an ice-filled glass, top with your preferred oat milk, and enjoy!
Tips To Make The Best Recipe
- Cutting the vanilla bean in half lengthwise helps the filling to come out when the syrup is cooking down. This ensures all that yummy vanilla flavor is released, so make sure to cut it!
- Keep the vanilla bean pieces in the syrup to continue infusing the syrup as it cools.
- Before you add the syrup to the drink, make sure to strain it to separate the small pieces.
- Use a premade syrup to save prep time for the drink.
- If you're not a fan of oat milk, try making it with any other non-dairy milk, like almond milk or any regular milk.
- Make the drink decaf with decaf espresso beans or decaf coffee beans.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a shaken espresso?
It's pretty much what the name says. It's a drink that is made by shaking espresso in a cocktail shaker or sealed jar with some ice until it's extra cold and frothy. Then it's typically mixed with a flavored syrup and finished off with some milk to make it creamy.
What's the difference between shaken espresso and iced espresso?
Shaken espresso is made by shaking it in a cocktail shaker, which produces a more creamy, frothy texture. Iced espresso is simply just espresso that is poured over ice.
Can I make more syrup?
Yes! This recipe makes enough syrup for about four or six grande drinks, but you can easily increase the amount of the ingredients to make more. Just store the syrup in an airtight container or glass jar in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. Then you can make this drink every day for weeks!
Can I make this drink hot?
This one is kind of tricky since the point of the shaken espresso is to shake it with ice. However, you can make this into a traditional latte. Just add the syrup to the bottom of a mug, then add the espresso on top and finish it off with a splash of oatmilk or frother oatmilk if you're feeling extra.
More Starbucks Copycat Recipes
- Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frappuccino
- Starbucks Peppermint Mocha Frappuccino
- Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino
- Starbuck Cafe Mocha
- Starbucks Chai Tea Latte
- Starbucks Medicine Ball Tea
Toasted vanilla syrup:
- ½ vanilla bean
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 1 tsp. vanilla bean paste
- ⅔ cup water
For the shaken espresso:
- 1-2 shots espresso freshly brewed
- 3 tbsp. toasted vanilla syrup
- ½ cup oatmilk
- Slice the vanilla bean in half lengthwise to allow the filling to come out when making the syrup. Slice into smaller pieces and place in a medium saucepan. Toast the vanilla beans over medium heat for 1-2 minutes. Make sure to stir occasionally to keep it from burning.
- Pour the water, sugar, and vanilla bean paste over it and bring to a boil. Lower the heat to simmer and let the mixture infuse for 8-10 minutes.
- Store the syrup in a heat-proof mason jar or glass container and let it cool completely. Keep the vanilla pieces in the syrup to continue infusing it. When using the syrup, don't add the vanilla bean pods to the drink- you'll want to strain it.
- Add the freshly brewed espresso shots, toasted vanilla syrup, and ice to a mason jar or cocktail shaker. Tightly close the jar or the cocktail shaker and shake for 20-30 seconds until the espresso is chilled and frothy.
- Pour into an ice-filled glass, top with your preferred oatmilk, and enjoy!
Feel free to use more or less syrup depending on how sweet you like your drink. You can also add more or less espresso depending on how strong you like it.
Serving Size:1 grande drink
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 107Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 13mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 0gSugar: 25gProtein: 0g