Call us old fashioned but we keep coming back to classic cocktails! With fall in full swing, we’ve been looking for easy ways to put seasonal twists on some of our favorite drinks.
After some cheerful testing, we found that cinnamon infused simple syrup adds a warm flavor that pairs well with crisp fall weather.
With simple syrup finding a place in so many classic cocktails, infusing it with cinnamon adds a subtle holiday flavor without heavily altering the base recipe.
Lucky for all of us, making your own cinnamon simple syrup is incredibly easy!
1 cup water
1 cup pure cane sugar (demerara or turbinado if you want a deeper, caramel forward flavor)
4-6 cinnamon sticks
Crush cinnamon sticks. Add water, sugar, and crushed cinnamon to small pot. Bring to a boil over high heat. As mixture is brought to boil, stir to keep sugar from burning. Drop heat to medium/low and simmer for 8-10 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and let cool. After syrup has cooled, strain liquid to remove cinnamon sticks. Place in tightly sealed container and keep refrigerated. Will keep fresh for 2-3 weeks. Can be frozen to keep nearly indefinitely.
Kick off this holiday season by using your homemade cinnamon simple syrup in the two classic cocktail recipes below:
1/4 cinnamon simple syrup
3-4 dashes of 1889 Aromatic Bitters
Garnish w/ lemon or orange twist
2oz brandy or whiskey of choice
4oz boiling water
1/2 oz cinnamon simple syrup
1/4 quarter lemon squeezed
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