Golden Eagle Dutch Bros: Copycat Recipe Here

The Golden Eagle by Dutch Bros might sound like a mystical creature rather than a creamy, caramel goodness. But that’s exactly what it is: an irresistible blend of espresso, milk, caramel, vanilla, and whipped cream.

Here’s what drew us to this drink and why you need to make this recipe at home!

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Topics Covered

  1. What Is The Golden Eagle At Dutch Bros?
  2. What Is In It?
  3. Calories
  4. Taste & Appearance
  5. Customizations
  6. Dutch Bros Golden Eagle Recipe
  7. FAQs

What is the Golden Eagle at Dutch Bros?

The Golden Eagle brings together a shot of espresso enriched with vanilla syrup, followed by half and half, and completed with buttery caramel sauce.

It’s a versatile drink; you can get it hot, iced, or blended with ice as a rich refreshment. The chilled versions come with a dollop of whipped cream and an extra caramel drizzle on top.

Homemade Golden Eagle Dutch Bros
Homemade Golden Eagle

It’s no secret that Dutch Bros’ popularity grows by the hour. The key lies in their excellent customer service and their bro-istas that take the time to customize your drink and answer all your questions.

The unique choice of drinks is addicting and refreshing compared to the classics.

What is in the Dutch Bros Golden Eagle?

The Golden Eagle combines classic flavors like caramel sauce and vanilla syrup with a base made from staple coffee ingredients: espresso and half and half. 

The final touch is whipped cream and a caramel drizzle, both added to the iced and blended version of the drink.


How Many Calories is in a Dutch Bros Golden Eagle?

Sugar in Cup

Keeping in mind the ingredients, you can expect a high calorie count. However, it depends on the size and preparation method, whether you’re getting the Golden Eagle iced, hot or blended.

The small size iced Golden Eagle is the lightest, while the large blended is the most calorie-dense, reaching 1,000 calories!

Dutch Bros Golden Eagle Calories:

  • Hot (Medium): 620 cals per 16 fl oz
  • Iced (Medium ): 480 cals per 24 fl oz
  • Blended (Medium): 780 cals per 24 fl oz

What Does the Golden Eagle Taste & Look Like?

The appearance of the Golden Eagle depends on the preparation and additions. While the taste doesn’t vary much, the texture is entirely different in the blended and hot versions.

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Appearance

Thanks to caramel and espresso, the Golden Eagle has a deep tan color. The blended version has a more shake-like, grainy texture, while the hot and iced options are well mixed. 

The blended Golden Eagle is topped with whipped cream, while the hot is finished with milk foam. You can optionally complete the iced version with whipped cream.

Flavor Profile

The Golden Eagle has pronounced caramel and creamy notes. The flavor of the iced version comes close to that of a caramel macchiato. 

The blended Golden Eagle is almost a dupe for the caramel frappuccino at Starbucks. You can’t taste the vanilla as much, but it does round out the final flavor.


Dutch Bros Golden Eagle Customizations

If you think there’s no way to make the Golden Eagle better, we’re here to let you in on a little secret. Several customizations can make the drink even more superior. Read on for the best swaps!

1. Golden Eagle with Chai

DB Golden Chai
Photo by Dutch Bros

Flavor:

Available as iced or hot, the Golden Eagle Chai is a creamy, milky and delicious option. It combines the breve base but swaps the espresso for chai tea. When it comes to flavors, the chai Golden Eagle uses caramel sauce and vanilla syrup. 

How It’s Made:

  • Chai tea
  • Half and half
  • Vanilla syrup
  • Caramel sauce
  • Ice
  • Whipped cream

2. ‘Lower Calorie’ Iced Golden Eagle

DB GE Iced
Photo by Dutch Bros

Flavor:

An iced Golden Eagle that fits in your diet? You can have that too! Swap half and half for oat milk; it has half the calories of whole milk. Ask for sugar-free vanilla syrup and caramel sauce. Omit the whip and get it iced, and there you have the light Golden Eagle.(1)

How It’s Made:

  • Espresso
  • Oat Milk
  • Vanilla syrup (sugar-free)
  • Caramel sauce (sugar-free)
  • Ice

3. Upside Down Golden Eagle

Upsidedown GE
Photo by u/lil_leeny (Reddit)

Flavor:

Turn the Golden Eagle upside down by asking for the milk to be added at the bottom and the espresso on the top. You get all of the same ingredients but in reverse layers. You can also find it as an upside-down breve or latte.

How It’s Made:

  • Espresso
  • Half and half
  • Vanilla syrup
  • Caramel sauce
  • Ice

4. Keto Golden Eagle

GE Cold Brew
Photo by Dutch Bros

Flavor:

We know how calorie-dense is the Golden Eagle, but there’s an option to make it keto. Start with nitro cold brew, and add a splash of cream. Don’t miss the flavor; add sugar-free vanilla syrup and sugar-free caramel sauce.

How It’s Made:

  • Nitro cold brew
  • Cream
  • Vanilla syrup (sugar-free)
  • Caramel sauce (sugar-free)

5. Golden Eagle with Soft Top

Soft Top Iced
Photo by Dutch Bros

Flavor:

Swap the whipped cream for something more decadent. The soft top at Dutch Bros is marshmallowy and easy to make at home too. Add it to an iced or blended Golden Eagle and finish with some extra caramel on top.

How It’s Made:

  • Espresso
  • Half and half
  • Vanilla Syrup
  • Caramel Sauce
  • Soft Top
  • Ice

Dutch Bros Golden Eagle Recipe

Ready for an easy Dutch Bros Golden Eagle recipe? All you need is some espresso, milk, and a few simple steps to get that rich sip of caramel-flavored goodness. 

Dutch Bros Golden Eagle Recipe

Dutch Bros Golden Eagle Recipe

Yield: 1 serving (~16 oz)
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

With this Dutch Bros Golden Eagle recipe, you wouldn't be able to tell that it's homemade!

Ingredients

  • Espresso: 2 shots
  • Half & half: 6 oz*
  • Vanilla syrup**: 1 tbsp
  • Caramel sauce**: 1 tbsp (with extra to drizzle)
  • Ice
  • Whipped cream (optional)

Instructions

  1. Start by brewing 2 shots of your favorite espresso. We suggest using a dark roast as it's rich and bold and won't get as overpowered by the milk.Espresso In Glass Cup
  2. Once the espresso is made, add ½ oz of the caramel sauce to the cup and stir to mix in. The hot espresso will help melt the buttery caramel sauce. Set the cup aside.Syrup In Espresso
  3. Take a tall serving glass and drizzle some caramel sauce on the inside of the glass walls and all around. Fill at least 1/2 of the cup with ice.Caramel Walls
  4. Add the caramel espresso to the cup, followed by the vanilla syrup. Caramel Espresso
  5. Let it settle and then add the chilled half and half.Chase With Half & Half
  6. Make it more decadent, and get your whipping cream. Add a dollop on the top and finish with a drizzle of caramel sauce.Finished Golden Eagle Dutch Bros

Notes

* You can also substitute half and half with whole milk if you find the drink too rich.

** To replicate the true taste of Dutch Bros, use Torani brand syrups and sauces


Final Words

Golden Eagle Dutch Bros

The Golden Eagle Dutch Bros has is one of their classic drinks. It’s a rich, creamy drink with a good caffeine punch and sweet caramel. 

You can get it every season; in winter as a hot comforting drink, in spring as an iced coffee, or in the summer heat as a blended, frappucino-like drink.


Golden Eagle Dutch Bros FAQs

How many shots are in a Golden Eagle?

A small and medium-sized Golden Eagle has 2 shots of espresso. The large size has double or 4 shots of espresso per cup. 

If you’re not a fan of dark roasted espresso, you can swap it for white coffee. But beware that it has a higher amount of caffeine.

Is the Golden Eagle at Dutch Bros good?

Taste is a personal preference, but we have to say we love it. It’s part of the Dutch Bros classics for a reason – it’s one of their most popular drinks.

It’s always on the menu as part of the 7 classic drinks, and it’s suitable for every season and taste regarding drink temperature!

How much caffeine is in a Golden Eagle

A Golden Eagle at Dutch Bros contains between 2 and 4 shots of espresso, depending on the size. According to USDA, a single shot of espresso has 63 mg of caffeine. (2)

According to this data, a small or medium Golden Eagle has 126mg of caffeine while a large one has 252 mg.

Verified Sources

Wondering where your info comes from? We totally understand. Hey Joe only obtains our information from reputable sources. Contents from this article are sourced from the following publications:

  1. Medical News Today: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/325425#nutritional-values
  2. U.S. Department of Agriculture: https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/171891/nutrients
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