Easy Iced Brown Sugar Latte



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This strong and sweet iced brown sugar latte is one of the easiest iced latte recipes to make at home.

A shot of espresso combined with brown sugar, milk and coffee ice cubes creates a delicious creamy, icy cold coffee drink that is simple and easy to prepare.

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What Is An Iced Brown Sugar Latte?

An iced brown sugar latte is an iced espresso coffee drink made with espresso, brown sugar, coffee ice cubes and milk (or milk alternative).

Inspired by the Starbucks iced brown sugar shaken espresso, this iced brown sugar coffee is much simpler to prepare than the Starbucks version, for a fraction of the cost with an extra caffeinated boost thanks to the coffee ice cubes.

And unlike many iced coffee recipes, this iced brown sugar latte recipe doesn’t require a lot of ingredients or expensive syrups. In fact, much like a Greek Frappe, you will most likely have everything you need in your pantry.

Why You’ll Love This Brown Sugar Iced Coffee Recipe

If you’ve never tried brown sugar in coffee well, you’re in for a treat! The caramel toffee-like flavor adds a rich sweetness that makes this brown sugar iced latte recipe so delightful.

When combined with a shot of espresso and some coffee ice cubes, the result is a strong iced coffee drink with a lovely sweetness that is super refreshing and delicious.

If you love ice coffees, you might also like to try this iced caramel latte, a sugar cookie latte or this super easy iced coffee with chocolate milk.

Can You Put Brown Sugar In Coffee?

While white sugar is the most common type of sugar used in coffee, you can use brown sugar in coffee too.

In fact there are two reasons why using brown sugar in coffee is a better option than white sugar:

  1. Brown sugar dissolves more easily than white sugar in cold coffee drinks.
  2. Putting brown sugar in coffee imparts a natural toffee like flavor with a more subtle sweetness than white sugar.
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What You Need For This Brown Sugar Iced Latte Recipe

So to make this iced brown sugar latte recipe you will need the following equipment:

  • Espresso machine or pod coffee machine for the shot of espresso.
  • Drip coffee maker or French press to make the coffee ice cubes.
  • Ice cube trays

The coffee ice cubes are made with a batch of brewed coffee.

You can brew this coffee using whatever brewing method you prefer or have handy at home – with a drip coffee maker, french press or even an espresso machine.

If you don’t have an espresso machine, see my tips below in the next section for substitutions.

Need to upgrade your coffee machine? Read my espresso machine reviews.

Iced Brown Sugar Coffee Ingredients

You’ll need just a handful of ingredients to make this delicious brown sugar iced coffee recipe.

The specific quantities and steps are listed in the recipe card below, so here I just want to touch on each of the ingredients that make this coffee drink so delicious! You will need:

  • Coffee grounds
  • Brown sugar
  • Milk or milk alternative
Ingredients for iced brown sugar espresso latte recipe.

Types Of Brown Sugar

As we won’t heat a brown sugar syrup for coffee in this recipe it’s important to use brown sugar.

Note that there are several sugars that are brown – including demerara and golden castor sugar. However for this recipe be sure to use brown sugar.

Commonly used in baking, brown sugar is finer and more powdery than granulated sugar which means it will dissolve more easily in your cold coffee.

Best Coffee Grounds For Iced Coffee

As this recipe combines coffee and milk, I recommend using dark or medium-dark roasted coffee beans for both the coffee ice cubes and pulling the espresso shot.

This allows the coffee flavor to carry through the milk – a light or medium-light roast will be a little lost in the mix.


Espresso: If you don’t have an espresso machine to pull the shot of espresso, the best alternatives are to use a stovetop coffee maker, a batch of cold brew coffee concentrate or a strong batch of plunger coffee. You will need to use about 1/2 cup of strong brewed coffee.

Milk: I like to use whole dairy milk for my brown sugar milk coffee to give it a rich, creamy taste. You can however use a milk alternative if you prefer. Good options include oat milk or almond milk. In fact the brown sugar coffee Starbucks is famous for uses oatmilk.

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How To Make An Iced Brown Sugar Latte

Here’s a quick overview of how to make your sweet iced coffee. For the full recipe and ingredient list, scroll down to the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.

Step 1: Make Coffee Ice Cubes. First you need to brew a batch of coffee to make coffee ice cubes. Leave the coffee to cool slightly after brewing, then pour the coffee into ice cube trays. Pop in the freezer to firm up overnight.

Option: You can also use regular ice cubes if you don’t have time to make frozen coffee cubes.

brewed coffee in ice cube tray frozen.

Step 2: Prepare Brown Sugar Milk. In a small jug add the brown sugar and milk. Stir vigorously to combine until the sugar is mostly dissolved. It is likely the sugar will not entirely dissolve. But that’s okay!

I want to keep this recipe super quick and easy, which is why unlike most iced brown sugar espresso drink recipes I don’t make a brown sugar syrup on the stove.

That said, if you want to fully dissolve the sugar, a good quick way is to mix a teaspoon or two of hot water with the sugar before pouring the milk into the jug.

Step 3: Prepare Iced Brown Sugar Espresso. Pull your shot of espresso (or prepare your strong brewed coffee alternative) and set aside.

Then, fill a tall glass with your coffee ice cubes. Pour the sweet milk over the ice cubes.

Finally, gently pour your shot of espresso over the top of the milk. Stir to combine or leave as is and enjoy.

Process steps for how to make brown sugar coffee at home.

Recipe Variations

There are plenty of ways to vary this recipe, here are some ideas

  • Use regular ice cubes: – If you are using regular ice cubes instead of coffee ice cubes, pull a double shot of espresso to boost the coffee to milk ratio.
  • Brewed instead of espresso coffee: If using brewed coffee instead of espresso, reduce the amount of milk in the glass to about 1/2 cup to leave space for your coffee and use about 1/2 cup of strong brewed coffee.
  • Add coffee syrup: add a tablespoon of your favorite flavored coffee syrup for a new coffee flavor!
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Your Brown Sugar Iced Coffee Questions Answered

Is Brown Sugar Good In Coffee?

Brown sugar has a natural caramel like flavor which is a perfect pairing with coffee. It imparts a more subtle sweetness to the coffee without being overbearing or too dominant.

What Is The Difference Between Iced Latte vs Iced Coffee vs Iced Espresso?

Iced coffee is a common term used to describe all types of cold coffee drinks whether they be made with brewed coffee, cold brew espresso or even instant coffee. Whereas an iced latte is a cold coffee drink made with espresso and milk. Iced espresso technically means a chilled shot of espresso, but the term is also used to describe iced coffee drinks made with espresso – like the iced brown sugar oatmilk shaken espresso at Starbucks.

Does Brown Sugar Latte Have Coffee In It?

Yes, brown sugar latte recipes have coffee in them. Our brown sugar coffee recipe has both a shot of espresso and brewed coffee ice cubes for a strong coffee flavor.

More Iced Espresso Recipes You’ll Love

If you enjoyed this iced brown sugar in coffee recipe you may like to browse this collection of cold coffee drinks recipes or try one of these recipes:

Find all my iced coffee recipes here or browse all the coffee recipes.

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Easy Iced Brown Sugar Latte

Icy cold, sweet and strong, this iced brown sugar latte with espresso and coffee ice cubes is the perfect iced coffee drink for hot Summer days.
5 from 1 vote
Servings: 1 drink
Prep Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 12 hours
Total Time 12 hours 10 minutes


Coffee Ice Cubes

  • 2 cups brewed coffee

Iced Brown Sugar Latte

  • 1 shot espresso
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 4-6 Coffee ice cubes


Make Coffee Ice Cubes

  • Brew a batch of coffee in your drip coffee maker or french press.
  • Pour cooled coffee into ice cube trays and freeze overnight.

Make Iced Brown Sugar Latte

  • Pull a shot of espresso coffee and set aside.
  • In a small jug add brown sugar and milk. Stir until combined.
  • Fill a glass with coffee ice cubes and pour the sweet milk over the ice.
  • Gently pour the espresso shot on top of the milk. Enjoy!


  1. You can make a brown sugar iced latte with normal ice cubes but it will not be as strong. In this case, double the espresso quantity to 2 shots instead of a single shot.
  2. If you don’t have a home espresso machine to make your espresso shots for your brown sugar coffee, use 1/2 cup strong brewed coffee or cold brew concentrate instead and reduce the amount of milk to 1/2 cup.
  3. It is important to use brown sugar as it will (mostly) dissolve in the milk. Granulated sugar will not dissolve in cold drinks. To fully dissolve the sugar, mix a teaspoon of hot water to the sugar before combining with the milk.


Serving: 1drink | Calories: 184kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 109mg | Potassium: 643mg | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 395IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 317mg | Iron: 0.1mg

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

Author: Rachel Rodda
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
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It's no surprise that as a former barista and founder of Creators of Coffee, I'm obsessed with all things coffee. I love to share easy and delicious coffee recipes, expert brewing tips and helpful coffee gear reviews with my fellow coffee lovers!

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