Table of Contents
  1. Are you ready for a life-changing coffee drink?
  2. Here's how to make this recipe.
  3. Frequently asked questions about this recipe.
  4. Watch how to make this recipe.
  5. Have I convinced you to make this recipe?
  6. At-Home Shaken Espresso Recipe

If you’re looking for a super smooth coffee drink, then this shaken espresso recipe is for you! This drink can be completely customized, which is the best part!

Are you ready for a life-changing coffee drink?

Purchasing coffee from a small shop is fun and can be a great way to try out new drinks. Personally, once I find I drink that I like, I’m on a mission to make it myself, all at home. I’ve found that I get the most enjoyment from making my coffee exactly how I like it.

I’ll admit that the name shaken espresso sounds fancy. It seems like something we’d never want to make for ourselves right at home. The secret? This is about the easiest drink you’ll make.

I love to use my Eureka Mignon Notte grinder and Diletta Mio espresso machine to make a quick and delicious espresso. The machine has impeccable temperature control, which makes crafting the perfect espresso easy. Plus, the Italian-engineered design focuses on quality with an eco-friendly low-power mode. If you’re ready to up your espresso game, make sure to check out both machines:

Here’s how to make this recipe.

  1. Start with espresso. Use a pod, an espresso machine, or a stovetop brewer.
  2. Prepare a double shot of espresso and shake it with ice. During the shaking, all of the magic happens. The oils in the espresso emulsify with the ice and create a mellow, smooth-tasting espresso.
  3. Finish it with the milk of your choice. You can add any type of sweetness at this point or begin the entire drink with date syrup (or brown sugar) in the glass with the pre-shaken espresso.
Two hands holding a milky-colored shaken espresso in a glass with a metal straw resting against side of glass.

Frequently asked questions about this recipe.

How do you make espresso without a machine?

Espresso is often made with espresso machines, but you do not need a fancy machine! Other options include: 1) pod-style machines that use preportioned pods to make the espresso, 2) stovetop brewers, and 3) espresso shots in the frozen section of grocery stores.

Are there variations to this shaken espresso?

Yes! This recipe uses some date syrup as both a sweetener and a flavor. You can try some brown sugar, molasses, white sugar, or sweetened creamer. The sky is the limit! For syrups or sugars, add them with the espresso shot before adding the ice to ensure that they dissolve. For creamers, add them with the milk at the end.

What is date syrup?

Dates grow on large palms. As they dry, their sugars condense to form a candy-like fruit. The fruit can be ground into a paste that’s similar to the consistency and color of molasses. Some believe the sugar in dates has a lower impact on the body’s glycemic index. Either way, I love the flavor and sweetness it offers in this drink.

Watch how to make this recipe.

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Hand holding glass filled to brim with shaken espresso with milk poured in and espresso machine in background.

At-Home Shaken Espresso

5 from 2 votes
If you're looking for a super smooth coffee drink, then this shaken espresso recipe is for you! This drink can be completely customized, which is the best part!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 serving


  • 2 tsp date syrup (or brown sugar)
  • 1 double shot espresso
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • 1 cup milk of choice to fill


  • In a glass, pour the date syrup (or brown sugar). Prepare the espresso and pour it into the glass. The heat will melt the date syrup or brown sugar.
    2 tsp date syrup (or brown sugar), 1 double shot espresso
  • After 30 seconds, fill the glass with ice cubes. Place a lid on top and shake for 30-60 seconds.
    1 cup ice cubes
  • Remove the lid and pour in any milk of your choice. Serve and enjoy!
    1 cup milk of choice


Serving: 1servingCalories: 80kcal
Course Drinks
Cuisine Italian
Difficulty Easy
Method Mixing

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  1. 5 stars
    I’m a bit of a coffee snob (Australian flat white is my fave) so I wasn’t sure about this. But it’s great! Unique twist and I’m doing it every hot summer day.

    1. I love to hear that from someone who is a coffee aficionado! These are just so refreshing on a summer day (or even fall, maybe winter). Thanks, Kelly!

  2. Hi Kaleb,
    First I will say I love your reels, posts etc. I’ve tried a lot of your recipes and am just amazed at how easy they are. My question to you is do you have a link list for all the places you shop and get all the great products? You posted the link for the Expresso machine and that was great.


  3. 5 stars
    I am a coffee snob, so I was a little suspect of this concept. But to my delight, it is delicious. Something about the vigorous shaking makes it a frothy yummy summer drink. Well done Caleb!