I have to admit that it wasn’t until last year when I even thought about trying brown sugar in my coffee.

Now, the sweet-and-robust combo has exploded in popularity, and I can’t even drive down the street without seeing a billboard promoting it!

I completely understand why though, because I’m definitely definitely under the caramelized warmth’s spell, too.

Starbucks has a ton of variations, and I’m going to share my 11 favorites that I simply can’t go without! 

1. Brown Sugar Oat Americano

Starbucks Iced Brown Sugar Oat Milk Americano

I love a good Americano, as it’s simple, strong, and doesn’t need any frills to get the point across.

However, the soft Blonde espresso, nutty oat milk, and toasty sweetness of Starbucks’ brown sugar syrup and cinnamon has made it so I never go back to a regular Americano. 

The Brown Sugar Oat Americano is a top-shelf variety that encompasses a kind of earthy, molasses richness with a thick creaminess that provides a luxurious mouthfeel. 

Iced or hot, it’s all delicious, and I love how easy it is to tailor the drink to suit my mood that day. 
Tips From a Barista:
  • For an even creamier drink, ask for the drink ‘without water’ - just the shots and oat milk will be used. 
  • For a lower-calorie version, ask for just a ‘splash’ of oat milk. 

2. Iced Brown Sugar Oat Milk Shaken Espresso

Starbucks Iced Brown Sugar Oatmilk Shaken Espresso

For the longest time, I just ordered an iced coffee with half-and-half.

However, the Iced Brown Sugar Oat Milk Shaken Espresso finally gave me an alternative to be excited about!

This masterpiece consists of shaken Starbucks Blonde espresso, a few pumps of brown sugar syrup, and cinnamon topped off with oat milk and ice

Not much milk is added - just enough to make it smooth and nutty, bringing out the full spectrum of comforting spices and the slight sweetness of brown sugar. 
Tips From a Barista:
  • For a sweeter drink, add an extra pump or two of brown sugar syrup and vanilla sweet cream cold foam. 

3. Iced Mocha With Brown Sugar

Starbucks Iced White Mocha with Blonde Espresso, Brown Sugar Syrup, and Caramel Drizzle

Chocolate and espresso are one of the most heavenly combos that exist, so when I saw the Iced Mocha with Brown Sugar come out, I knew I had to try it.

Something about the way the ice chills the mocha flavor and brown sugar syrups makes it taste like a kind of ice cream treat. 

This drink is made with a mix of espresso, mocha sauce, milk, and ice cubes topped off with brown sugar syrup and sweetened whipped cream  - needless to say, it’s sweet.

While I usually prefer hot drinks, I find the hot version is way too sweet while the iced is just right. 
Tips From a Barista:
  • I can’t recommend switching out regular mocha for white chocolate enough! The white chocolate is mild and sweet enough that it combines perfectly with brown sugar! 

4. Iced London Fog Latte With Brown Sugar

Starbucks Iced London Fog Latte with Brown Sugar Cold Foam

While I absolutely love coffee, there are times when I like to take a break and try a new tea drink.

It admittedly takes a lot for a tea to impress me, but the Iced London Fog Latte with Brown Sugar won me over from first sip.

It’s sophisticated, creative, earthy, aromatic, and is one of the very few teas that I could see myself drinking every day. 

Black tea infused with bergamot and lavender and milk is poured over ice along with a pump or two of vanilla and brown sugar syrup to create this brooding bev.

5. Hot Chocolate With Brown Sugar

Starbucks White Hot Chocolate with Apple Brown Sugar Syrup

Perhaps the most quintessential “comfort drink”, hot chocolate may tasty, but it's not necessarily the most exciting.

The Hot Chocolate with Brown Sugar changes that, with deep, molasses notes that meld seamlessly with the velvety cocoa, creating a luxurious sweetness.

When temperatures start dropping, this is one of my drinks of choice on a chilly morning or while going to watch Christmas lights. 

It’s a classic, with a unique twist that adds another layer of interest!

6. Caramel Macchiato With Brown Sugar

Starbucks Iced Caramel Macchiato with Brown Sugar Syrup, Oat Milk, and Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Foam

Don’t get me wrong - I love a good caramel macchiato just as much as the next person.

The addition of brown sugar syrup seems to only enhance the buttery, decadent caramel flavors in the Caramel Macchiato with Brown Sugar!

Made with a blend of steamed milk, vanilla syrup, espresso, brown sugar syrup, and caramel drizzle, this one is a new year-round staple for me. 

The whipped cream on top smooths everything out, adding a cloud-like layer of luxury.

7. Matcha Latte With Brown Sugar

Starbucks Iced Matcha Latte with Brown Sugar Syrup and Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Foam

I’ve always enjoyed matcha from Starbucks, but there are times when I’d like it to be just a bit sweeter.

While Starbucks’ matcha is already ~60% sweetened, which can be a bit too flat on its own, for me.

Adding the classic mix of matcha powder and steamed milk to the brown sugar syrup is on another level, adding a rich sweetness with robust undertones. 

The Matcha Latte with Brown Sugar is a drink bursting with earthy notes and tastes great with a bit of vanilla, too. 
Tips From a Barista:
  • Add a pump of vanilla or some sweet vanilla cold foam! The creaminess jives perfectly with the other flavors without overpowering them. 

8. Blonde Vanilla Brown Sugar Latte

Starbucks Iced Blonde Vanilla Latte with Brown Sugar and Toffee Nut Syrup

Coffee drinks don’t have to be robust and in-your-face to be delicious.

The Blonde Vanilla Brown Sugar Latte is the perfect example of that, with mellow and milky-sweet flavors that just taste like happiness. 

I find that Starbucks’ Blonde espresso drinks work exceptionally well with vanilla and brown sugar syrups, as the espresso is nice and mild and doesn’t take over the other ingredients.

This is my favorite “work” drink, as I can sip on it all day long and it just never loses its appeal. 

Tips From a Barista:
  • Ask for half pumps of brown sugar and vanilla, add caramel drizzle, and substitute for oat milk. These mods make it one of the best drinks of all time! 

9. Iced Chai Tea With Brown Sugar

Starbucks Iced Chai Tea Latte with Brown Sugar and Vanilla Syrup

This spiced delight takes black tea infused with cinnamon, cloves, and other cozy spices, along with milk, brown sugar syrup, and ice for an awesome pick-me-up.

The extra milk in the iced version helps tone down the spiciness, which is great for me as sometimes their chais are too sharp for me. 

The great thing is, I can adjust the amount of chai pumps and brown sugar pumps to make it more or less sweet to my liking. 

I recommend trying half pumps of brown sugar for those who may find it too sweet. 

Tips From a Barista:
  • Do me a favor: ask for molasses drizzle on top of this drink. It’s like taking the brown sugar flavor and turning the dial up! 

10. Black Tea With Brown Sugar And Oat Milk

Starbucks Iced Black Tea with Brown Sugar Syrup and Oat Milk

As I’m a coffee lover first and foremost, tea oftentimes tastes very bland and one-dimensional to me.

However, the Black Tea with Brown Sugar and Oat Milk showed me that I was just drinking the wrong drinks! 

Choose between either English breakfast or an Earl grey blend and combine it with water, oat milk, and brown sugar syrup for a classy and creamy beverage.

I’m an enormous milk tea fan, and this one tastes like it’s just a few boba away from becoming one!

11. Caramel Apple Spice With Brown Sugar

Starbucks Caramel Apple Spice

Caramel apples are one of mankind’s best inventions, but it’s also not doing my teeth any favors.

The Caramel Apple Spice with Brown sugar is the perfect cozy alternative, with its comforting blend of steamed apple juice, cinnamon, dolce syrup, and brown sugar syrup topped with whipped cream and caramel sauce drizzle. 

A cup of this just oozes classic flavors, tasting delicious while doing so!  

I enjoy this drink both hot and iced, and love adding an extra pour of half and half. 

Ordering Secret Menu Starbucks Brown Sugar Drinks

To properly tailor any Starbucks brown sugar drinks, it is key to remember these customization options.

Size Is Key

Each Starbucks drink comes in one of a few different cup sizes. From smallest to largest, the list includes:

  • Short or child - 8 ounces
  • Tall - 12 ounces
  • Grande - 16 ounces
  • Venti - 20 ounces
  • Trenta - 30 ounces
Knowing what size each cup is can be important, especially for when I’m combining syrups.

Dairy Alternatives

Starbucks has a wide range of milk types to aid customers with allergies or different preferences. The kinds of non-dairy milk available typically include:

  • Heavy cream
  • Nonfat milk
  • 2% milk
  • Whole milk
  • Half and half
  • Almond
  • Coconut
  • Oatmilk
  • Soy milk
I’ve asked the barista to add extra milk foam, milk foam, light milk foam, and no foam to my  espresso drinks, depending on my preferences.

Turn Up The Heat

I actually didn’t know this was even a thing until I became a barista, myself. 

It’s possible to order a drink to be cooler or hotter than the average 150 - 170 degrees. 

Kids’ drinks are usually prepared at 130 degrees, and anyone can order a hot coffee drink to be cooler for immediate consumption. 

There are plenty of people who enjoy ordering coffee and teas extra-hot, which is ideal if I can’t drink mine for a while and don’t want to deal with a lukewarm beverage.

Widen Your Horizons

Switching things up and customizing drinks has never been easier than it is now.

Starbucks has a ton of different syrups, though I highly recommend vanilla, hazelnut, caramel, and Irish cream syrups for brown sugar drinks.

To avoid them becoming too sweet, try half pumps of brown sugar and a pump of vanilla, hazelnut, etcetera. 

This adds dimension, and the possibilities are endless.

With just about any brown sugar drink, I also recommend trying oat milk in place of cream or whole milk.

It’s thick like cream, but nuttier, and has a more “autumn-y” taste that I love. 

To Top It All Off

I am a huge whipped cream fan. Like, I cannot keep a can of it in my fridge, because it won’t be safe. 

However, when Starbucks came out with cold foam, it became my go-to topping. It’s slightly sweet, dense, creamy, and can be customized with just about any syrup. 

Drizzle is also a must, and while I love caramel drizzle, I’ve since branched out to cinnamon dolce, toffee nut, and vanilla. 

I highly recommend molasses drizzle on any brown sugar drink on here, though!

Make Your Own Brown Sugar Starbucks Drinks At Home

This handy DIY guide has saved me many trips to the drive-thru! 

Iced Brown Sugar Oatmilk Shaken Espresso Recipe

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup of dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup of water
  • Cinnamon stick (optional)
  • Pinch of salt
  • ½ cup of oat milk
  • Two shots of strong coffee or espresso
  • Ice

Brown sugar simple syrup recipe:

  • 1
    Put the sugar, water, cinnamon, and salt in a small saucepan and bring to the boil, whisking
  • 2
    Turn down the heat and simmer for five to ten minutes
  • 3
    Take off the heat and remove the cinnamon stick
  • 4
    Let the brown sugar simple syrup cool
  • 5
    Store in a glass airtight container in the fridge when not in use
Shaken espresso recipe:
  • 1
    Place the ice, syrup, and espresso in a lidded mason jar or cocktail shaker
  • 2
    Shake vigorously
  • 3
    Pour shaken espresso into a glass
  • 4
    Top with the oatmilk

Bourbon Brown Sugar Cold Brew

Ingredients:
  • Two shots of strong coffee or espresso
  • White mocha sauce
  • Brown sugar syrup
  • Cinnamon dolce syrup
  • Vanilla extract
  • Whipped cream
  • Ice

Bourbon sugar cold brew recipe:

  • 1
    Combine the previously made brown sugar simple syrup, dolce syrup, mocha sauce, ice, vanilla extract, and espresso in a cocktail shaker or mason jar with a lid
  • 2
    Shake vigorously until cold and smooth
  • 3
    Pour shaken espresso into a glass
  • 4
    Add oat milk and stir
  • 5
    Serve topped with whipped cream
Homemade Brown Sugar Starbucks Drinks

Starbucks Brown Sugar Drinks FAQs

How do you add brown sugar to your Starbucks order on mobile?

To add brown sugar to a Starbucks drink on mobile, simply:

  • 1
    Choose your drink
  • 2
    Select ‘Customise’
  • 3
    Scroll down to ‘Flavors’
  • 4
    Select ‘Add syrups’
  • 5
    Choose ‘Brown Sugar Syrup’
  • 6
    Choose the number of pumps you want
  • 7
    Make any other necessary customizations
  • 8
    Pay and pick up
Does Starbucks have brown sugar cold foam?

Yes, they do. Ask the barista to add brown syrup to the dairy before steaming for a delicious brown sugar cold foam finish. 

Does brown sugar cost extra at Starbucks?

If the drink recipe already calls for the sweet brown sugar syrup (like a brown sugar cold brew), there will be no extra charge. However, adding it to a new drink will cost extra.


Conclusion

Brown sugar is now my secret ingredient at Starbucks to maximize any drink’s taste, and I know I can’t go wrong with any of these 11 favorites. 

From coffees to teas, brown sugar is quite possibly one of the tastiest ingredients Starbucks has added in the last 10 years. 

My 2 personal favorites are the Caramel Apple Spice with Brown Sugar - it’s like drinking warm apple pie!

However, the Brown Sugar Oat Americano has my heart - it’s perfectly bold, smooth, sweet, and comforting for any time of year. 

References:

1. https://www.starbucks.ca/menu/product/2123427/hot
2. https://www.starbucks.com/menu/product/2123431/iced
3. https://globalassets.starbucks.com/assets/94fbcc2ab1e24359850fa1870fc988bc.pdf

Chloe Page

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Chloe Page
A lifelong mocha fan, Chloe is an award-winning writer with over eight years’ experience weaving words. Her journey in the coffee industry is highlighted by extensive research and interviews with coffee experts. In her moments of relaxation, you'll often find her sipping on Bird and Blend tea, thoughtfully scribbling in her notebook.

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