Cinnamon Infused Vodka

Photo by Michael Paydos, 2011

Warnings on this one: straight up it can be very hot in a burny sort of way, while also feeling somewhat astringent and harsh. A sweet (literally!) way to enhance the flavor, smooth out the burn, and make it much more drinkable is to add some simple syrup. A nice way to experiment with the way you want it is to try it as a cordial with various ratios. I personally like about 1 part simple syrup to 3 parts cinnamon vodka.

Components:

  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 cup vodka
  • simple syrup to taste (optional)

Instructions:

  • Crumble cinnamon into small pieces. Combine with vodka in a glass jar and shake well.
  • Store in a cool, dark place for 7 days.
  • Pour through a coffee filter and store in a cool dark place. Will be best after aging for a couple weeks. The result will be more brownish red than the artificial junk found in stores.
Photo by Michael Paydos, 2011

Even after just a couple minutes, a red hue can be seen. Will darken considerably when done.

Note: For added intensity, increase the time and/or amount of cinnamon. To mellow things out, add more plain vodka. Add about 1/4 cup simple syrup to enhance flavor and cut down on astringency, if desired. Otherwise, be sure to sweeten as you mix.

Cinnamon Liqueur

Combine ingredients and shake well. Store in a cool, dark place. Best if allowed to rest for a week before using.

Mexican Chocolate Martini

  • 2 oz chocolate infused vodka
  • 1 oz cinnamon vodka
  • .5 oz cream (optional)

Shake both ingredients in ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry or cinnamon stick.

Also try:

  • With Sprite or soda water
  • Blended with Apple Infused Vodka
  • With cream soda
  • With Dr Pepper
  • In a Pina Colada
  • With milk or soy milk (also try with vanilla or chocolate)
  • In Black or White Russians
  • With cola
  • With apple cider or sparkling cider
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Failed science major turned to creative writing which led to a job as a bartender hack turned mixologist turned book editor turned writer who then went on to the world of International Corporate Communications. This is a bit getting back to his roots--that would be booze & science & rambling.
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6 Responses to Cinnamon Infused Vodka

  1. Allyson says:

    Love your blog! If I move back to the Camberville I’m a-gonna have to try your creations!

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  5. A. Dave says:

    Thanks for the simple recipe!

  6. Lena says:

    I’m glad I tried this. Mixes great with amaretto.

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