Iced Brown Sugar Coffee

This iced brown sugar coffee is going to be the first thing you think about when you wake up each morning. This easy coffee recipe is perfectly sweet, creamy and full of delicious brown sugar flavor from three ingredient homemade brown sugar simple syrup.

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A large mason jar full of brown sugar coffee and ice.

Why you’ll love this coffee

This iced brown sugar coffee will. It’s absolutely delicious and feels like you’re having a special coffee treat every single morning. Here’s why you’ll love it:

  • It’s easy: You only need two minutes and a few simple ingredients to throw it together.
  • It’s seriously amazing: If you love the rich caramel-like flavor of the popular brown sugar espresso drink at Starbucks, you’re going to love this delicious coffee.
  • Inexpensive: Grabbing coffee in your local drive-through every morning can run you hundreds of dollars each month, and the price just keeps going up. This delicious homemade version is a fraction of the cost.
  • You decide how sweet: Many drive-through coffees can be absolutely packed with added sugars. While this coffee does use added sugar, you control exactly how much goes in based on your personal preference.

Coffee lovers, you’re going to love this one. This coffee drink has the absolute best flavor and could not be simpler to make. Here’s what you need, next.

Coffee, brown sugar syrup, milk, ice and cinnamon in containers with labels.

Ingredients

  1. Brewed coffee: Any cooled or iced coffee will work for this. You can make your own cold brew, pour hot coffee over ice, buy bottles of brewed unsweetened coffee, or even used instant coffee.
  2. Brown sugar simple syrup: The key ingredient here is homemade brown sugar syrup made with dark brown sugar and vanilla extract. I promise, it’s so simple and so worth it to have in your fridge. You can also use store-bought in a pinch.
  3. Milk: You can use any milk that you like. Whole milk, 2% milk, skim milk or plant-based milk like almond milk, soy milk or cashew milk will all work. If you love the Starbucks version of the Iced Brown Sugar Oatmilk Shaken Espresso from Starbucks, use creamy oat milk for that vibe.
  4. Ground cinnamon: You’ll need just a sprinkle of cinnamon stirred into your coffee.
  5. Ice cubes: If you prefer hot coffee, you can simply omit the ice and make with hot coffee instead.

Step-by-step instructions

  1. Fill a large mason jar or tall glass (I like to use a 32 oz. mason jar) with ice cubes to the top. (You can also make in a cocktail shaker so that you can shake it up, or grab lids for your mason jars).
A large mason jar full of ice cubes.
  1. Pour brewed and cooled coffee over ice. If pouring hot coffee directly over ice to cool, use a separate container.
Iced coffee being poured into a large mason jar.
  1. Add desired amount of brown sugar syrup to your coffee plus a sprinkle of cinnamon. Stir well.
Brown sugar syrup being drizzled into a mason jar full of iced coffee.
  1. Pour milk of choice into iced coffee and then stir until fully combined.
A large mason jar full of coffee and brown sugar syrup with milk being poured into it.
  1. To get the full effect, pause to appreciate the beautiful swirl!
Iced brown sugar coffee and milk swirled in a large mason jar.
  1. Enjoy as is or top with frothed milk if desired.
A large mason jar full of brown sugar coffee and ice being stirred with a stainless steel straw.

Favorite iced coffee jars & accessories

Personally, I love using 32 oz. mason jars for my iced coffees because you can fill them lots of ice and they always feel fancy! These are my favorite iced coffee jars and accessories:

Recipe FAQ

Can you make this ahead of time?

Yes! You can make ahead and store in the fridge for 2-3 days, making your life even easier in the morning. To make the day before or night before, you can add your ice (make sure to add plenty so it doesn’t melt). If you plan to store for 2-3 days, mix all ingredients except for the ice, then add ice before serving.

Can I used instant coffee?

Yes, you can absolutely use instant coffee! I always keep instant coffee on hand in case I don’t have brewed coffee ready. Just add two teaspoons to cold water and make the coffee as written.

Variations

  • Brown sugar latte: Use espresso, brown sugar syrup and hot steamed milk for a hot latte, or brewed cooled espresso, brown sugar syrup and milk over ice for an iced latte.
  • Brown sugar oat milk shaken espresso: To make like the popular Starbucks drink, swap the regular milk for oat milk and use brewed espresso instead of regular coffee. Shake and enjoy!
  • If you don’t love adding ground cinnamon to your coffee, you can also add cinnamon sticks to your brown sugar syrup while it’s simmering.
A large mason jar full of brown sugar coffee and ice.

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Iced brown sugar coffee and milk swirled in a large mason jar.

Iced Brown Sugar Coffee

Perfectly sweet and creamy brown sugar iced coffee made with simple ingredients and homemade brown sugar syrup.
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Prep Time: 2 minutes
Servings: 1

Ingredients

  • 2-3 tsp brown sugar syrup
  • 12 oz brewed coffee cooled or cold
  • 1/4-1/2 cup milk or oat milk, almond milk, cashew milk, soy milk, etc.
  • 1 cup ice
  • sprinkle cinnamon

Instructions

  • Fill a large mason jar or tall glass (I like to use a 32 oz. mason jar) with ice cubes to the top. (You can also make in a cocktail shaker so that you can shake it up, or put a lid on your mason jar and shake).
  • Pour brewed and cooled coffee over ice. If pouring hot coffee directly over ice to cool, use a separate container.
  • Add desired amount of brown sugar syrup to your coffee plus a sprinkle of cinnamon. Stir well.
  • Pour milk of choice into iced coffee and then stir until fully combined.
  • Enjoy as is or top with frothed milk if desired.

Nutrition

Calories: 66kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.04g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 44mg | Potassium: 269mg | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 125IU | Calcium: 95mg | Iron: 0.03mg

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