Making Shaken Espresso at Home

Daria Levy, Staff Writer

Have you ever tried an Iced Shaken Espresso at Starbucks? If so, you may have also wondered how to make this sugary, energy-boosting concoction at home.

Starbucks uses a blend of Starbucks Espresso along with a cocktail shaker to add a frothy sensation to the usually flat texture of iced coffees. After ordering this a few times at my local Starbucks—and attentively watching the baristas shake my coffee—I decided to try this unusual drink at home.  

Tools and Ingredients: 

  1. Espresso (instant coffee is fine too!) 
  2. Cocktail shaker 
  3. Milk (optional)

Steps to take: 

  1. Make your coffee using either an at-home espresso machine (I use Breville) or heating instant coffee with boiling water. Both methods are fine; I tend to prefer espresso because I enjoy watching the thin layer of crema form at the top of my coffee.  
  2. Fill a cocktail shaker about a quarter full with ice. The amount of ice depends on your preference, but I’d avoid using too much as the coffee may become watery. 
  3. Place the cover and cap on your cocktail shaker. Then, shake at a light intensity until a layer of bubbles has formed at the top. After this step, you’ve achieved the shaken part of your shaken espresso!   
  4. Fill a glass about a quarter full with iced and pour your espresso from the cocktail shaker into the glass.  
  5. Add milk accordingly. Again, the amount depends on preference (I prefer to pour until my coffee turns into a light, cinnamon color)
  6. Clean the mess in your kitchen and, most importantly, enjoy!