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Copycat Starbucks Double Shot Recipe

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Coffee lovers listen up! This copycat Starbucks double shot recipe is soon to be your new favorite iced espresso drink to make at home. It’s light, creamy, totally delicious, and ridiculously easy to make – no barista skills required. If you’re a regular at Starbucks, you might like some of these other Starbucks copycat recipes: sweet cream cold foam, tomato basil mozzarella panini, and turkey pesto panini. And be sure to check out this Starbucks drinks for kids list!

Now, there are a few different versions of this double shot Starbucks drink:

  • Canned version – You can find the canned double-shot drink at Starbucks, at gas stations, convenience stores, and at most grocery stores. It’s a great option to keep stocked in your fridge and take on-the-go. (Also my favorite drink for many, many years before I started making my own!)
  • Starbucks version – You can order a “Starbucks double shot on ice” at your local Starbucks and it’s made with espresso, classic syrup (or flavored syrup), and milk.
  • Homemade version – Then we have this copycat, which is made as similarly to the can as we can get it!
Starbucks double shot drink being poured from cocktail shaker into glass

Estimated reading time: 6 minutes

What You’ll Love About Double Shot Starbucks at Home

  • Light and creamy iced coffee drink
  • Easy to make at home
  • Made with 4 simple ingredients
  • Takes just 5 minutes to make
Iced espresso drink in a glass over ice


You’ll need just 4 basic ingredients to make this copycat Starbucks double shot espresso:

  • Espresso – You can brew your own espresso (I use an espresso machine but you could also use a nespresso machine!) or even use a concentrated cold brew or strong coffee. You’ll want to shots of espresso, or about 2 ounces. The strong coffee won’t have quite as much flavor and you may need to adjust proportions of milk.
  • Sugar – You have a few options here. You can use regular, granulated sugar or a granulated sugar substitute if you prefer. You can also use a simple syrup, vanilla syrup, or any other type of flavored syrup. Add more sugar for a sweeter drink to your preference.
  • Heavy cream – This helps give a rich and creamy flavor and texture.
  • Milk – Use 2% low-fat milk or skim milk to keep it as close to the original version or your favorite milk alternative. (Scroll down to FAQs for more milk options.)

Here are the ingredients from the canned drink:

Brewed Espresso Coffee [Water, Coffee], Reduced-fat Milk, Sugar, Cream, Skim Milk, Ascorbic Acid

Ingredients to make iced espresso drinks at home

How to Make Starbucks Double Shot Recipe

Ok, let’s make this double shot drink:

  • Brew espresso. We’re using a double shot of espresso so brew accordingly.
Brewed espresso in a small mug
  • Dissolve sugar. Stir sugar into espresso shots until dissolved. (Or add syrup here.)
  • Mix drink. Combine espresso and sugar, milk, and cream into a cocktail shaker and shake until chilled. Pour into a small glass over ice and drink!
Espresso drink ingredients in cocktail shaker

Frequently Asked Questions

How much caffeine in Starbucks espresso double shot?

The double shot Starbucks contains 110 mg of caffeine per can.

The caffeine content in this copycat version has about 120 mg of caffeine, but will vary depending on what espresso or type of coffee you use.

Can you use other milks to make this Starbucks double shot?

Yes, if you prefer to use a milk alternative, you can basically use any alternative that works well with espresso drinks. Oat milk, soy milk, coconut milk, and almond milk are both great options. If you use a sweetened version, you may need to adjust sugar in overall drink, but make according to your own preferences.

Starbucks double shot drink in a glass with ice

Storage Instructions

This Starbucks double shot espresso is best served immediately.

Iced espresso drink in small glass

What to Serve with Starbucks Double Shot Drink

You’ll need some breakfast to go along with that coffee, here are a few breakfast recipes:

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This copycat Starbucks double shot recipe is soon to be your new favorite iced espresso drink to make at home. It’s light, creamy, totally delicious, and ridiculously easy to make – no barista skills required. 


Units Scale
  • 2 oz. espresso
  • 1 tsp. granulated sugar
  • 2 oz. heavy cream
  • 2 oz. reduced-fat milk


  1. Brew espresso over sugar and stir to dissolve sugar.
  2. Combine espresso, half and half, and milk in a shaker over ice. Shake until chilled.
  3. Pour over ice into small glass. 

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  1. Valerie

    Oh my goodness. This recipe is amazing! My local stores are often out of the Starbucks Doubleshot cans. Your recipe makes such a creamy, rich coffee that tastes just like it. Thank you for sharing your recipe. I can now have the coffee I like every morning and save a lot of money.

  2. Leesha Fox

    The starbucks drinks has been the only thing to give me ANY sort of get up and go, but man do they get expensive at 3-5 a piece! even purchasing in bulk on amazon was almost $3 a piece and having them in bulk in my house just made me drink them more, I’m talking 3-4 a day to get me through the day! I decided to look up recipes to make it cheaper (so much cheaper as i have all but the cold brew concentrate on hand at all times, but that $10 lasts me much longer than the 12 pack of bulk SB drinks i was buying constantly!) I can not believe how much it tastes like the real drink and man does my husband like the saved money!! i have this recipe memorized and can do it in my sleep, which I do seem to do most mornings! THANK YOU for making this recipe! my husband, bank acct and I all love you for it!!