Iced Shaken Espresso

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Espresso, simple syrup, and ice are shaken together then topped with milk to create this extra caffeinated Starbucks Iced Shaken Espresso copycat drink.

Starbucks Iced Shaken Espresso copycat drink in a glass.

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Iced Shaken Espresso

Iced Shaken Espresso was added to the Starbucks menu on March 2021 along with Iced Brown Sugar Oatmilk Shaken Espresso and Iced Chocolate Almondmilk Shaken Espresso.

Unlike other espresso drinks at Starbucks like lattes, the Iced Shaken Espresso drinks contain an additional shot of espresso. A grande drink has 3 espresso shots.

Espresso, ice, and simple syrup are hand-shaken in a cocktail shaker to create a frothy texture. Milk is added last to add a touch of creaminess.

It’s super simple to recreate the drink at home with just 4 ingredients. You’ll need a way to make espresso and a cocktail shaker or a jar with a tight lid.

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Recipe Highlights

  • A quick and easy recipe, this Iced Shaken Espresso is made the exact way Starbucks does.
  • Use a Nespresso machine to make espresso quick and easy at home.
  • This copycat recipe makes a 16 ounce (grande) drink.

RELATED: Iced Caramel Macchiato

Ingredient Notes

Starbucks Iced Shaken Espresso copycat drink ingredients.
  • Espresso: Any dark roast espresso can be used but go with Nespresso Starbucks espresso capsules to make it taste more like theirs.
  • Simple syrup: Starbucks uses classic syrup to sweeten this drink, which is a simple syrup. Make a batch and use it all week to make this drink.
  • 2% milk: You can use any milk (plant-based or dairy) but 2% is what Starbucks uses as default.
  • Ice: Make ice using filtered water for a better tasting drink.

For full ingredients and detailed instructions, please see the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Espresso, ice, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker.

Step 1: Put simple syrup, espresso, and ice into a cocktail shaker. Shake.

Use 3 Nespresso espresso capsules or 3 espresso shots from an espresso machine.

Pouring milk into an espresso drink.

Step 2: Pour drink into a cup. Add milk. Top off with more ice if needed.

Nespresso Notes

The easiest way to recreate Starbucks drinks with espresso is with a Nespresso machine.

1 shot of espresso = 1 Nespresso espresso capsule

There are 3 shots of espresso in a grande size Starbucks Iced Shaken Espresso drink. You’ll need 3 Nespresso Starbucks espresso capsules. Any Nespresso espresso capsule can be used but go with the Starbucks branded ones if you want it to taste as close to Starbucks as possible.

Even though the Iced Shaken Espresso is made with their signature dark roast, try making it instead with the Starbucks Blonde Espresso since it’s more popular and better reviewed since it has a smoother taste.

Expert Tips

  • Instead of espresso, you can use instant coffee. Combine 1 ½ tablespoons of instant coffee and ⅓ cup hot water to replace the 3 shots of espresso in the recipe.
  • Simple syrup is very easy to make at home using just 2 ingredients. Make it first before preparing the drink. Simple syrup is good for 3-4 weeks in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
  • Starbucks makes the drink with a splash of milk (about ¼ cup) but you can add more to taste.
  • Try quick and easy cold foam if you want to add a decadent topping.

Questions You May Have

How is the Iced Shaken Espresso different from the Doubleshot on Ice?

At Starbucks, the Iced Shaken Espresso replaced the Starbucks Doubleshot on Ice, which is no longer on the menu. Compared to the Doubleshot, the Iced Shaken Espresso is made with less simple syrup and one less shot of espresso in the venti size.

How does Starbucks make the drink?

A grande Iced Shaken Espresso at Starbucks is made with 4 pumps of classic syrup (their simple syrup), 3 shots of classic Starbucks espresso, ice, and a splash of 2% milk.

Can I make this drink with blonde espresso?

Yes! Blonde espresso is a lighter roast and it’s smoother and less intense than dark roast but has more caffeine.

What can I use if I don’t have a cocktail shaker?

Any airtight container will work to shake the drink ingredients together. A jar with a tight lid or a wide-mouth water bottle.

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Starbucks Iced Shaken Espresso

By: Jee Choe
Skip Starbucks and make this Iced Shaken Espresso copycat recipe at home.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Yield: 1 serving (16 ounces)

Ingredients 

Instructions 

  • Put simple syrup, espresso, and ice into a cocktail shaker. Shake 10 times.
    Use 3 Nespresso Starbucks espresso pods or pull 3 shots from an espresso machine. If you don’t have a cocktail shaker, use a jar with a tight lid.
    3 capsules Nespresso Starbucks espresso, 3 tablespoons simple syrup, 1 cup ice
  • Pour drink, including the ice, into a cup. Add milk.
    Top off with more ice if needed.
    ¼ cup 2% milk

Notes

  • 1 shot of espresso = 1 Nespresso espresso capsule
  • To make a 16 ounce (grande) of this Iced Shaken Espresso, you’ll need 3 Nespresso espresso or ristretto capsules.
  • You can use any milk (plant-based or dairy) but 2% is what Starbucks uses as default.
  • Instead of espresso, you can use instant coffee. Combine 1 ½ tablespoons of instant coffee and ⅓ cup hot water to replace the 3 shots of espresso in the recipe.
  • Starbucks makes theirs with a splash of milk (about ¼ cup) but feel free to add a little more to your liking.

Nutrition

Calories: 199Carbohydrates: 48gProtein: 2gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 87mgPotassium: 224mgSugar: 47gVitamin A: 60IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 87mgIron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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