This series on cheater ingredients started off with grapefruit. Cinnamon is another tool in our veritable MacGyver toolkit for fixing cocktails and one that, unsurprisingly, matches very well with grapefruit. Leafing through one of my treasured reference cookbooks which might as well just be a nerdy spreadsheet of ingredient pairings, I looked for cinnamon. Cilantro was close by and got me a little turned on… cilantro pairs well with pork belly, sriracha, kewpie mayo, cumin, orange, lime, etc. Ok, but what about cinnamon? Hell, it pretty much goes with everything. Dark chocolate, duck, allspice, apple, gin, brandy, rum, any citrus, tripe, fluke, bacon – I’ll stop while I’m ahead.
There are many kinds of cinnamon, and their lusty progeny has been described much better than I could ever do. Canela is your friend, and your local Mexican grocer should carry it. And if you live in the middle of no where like I do, Penzey’s has loads of it. Though they call it Ceylon; nomenclature nerds. Or just completely ignore all our cocktail pomplication and use Cassia, the stuff that you’ll find in any grocery store.
Syrup, which is more often than not the delivery method for cinnamon is simple to make, but its use is often confined to the realm of tiki. But as an ingredient its sights are set so much wider. You think St. Germain is bartenders’ ketchup? Give this sultry rabbit’s foot a try.
What goes with Cinnamon Syrup?
- pimento dram
- Carpano Antica
- 1 1/2oz rye whiskey (Bulleit’s new rye works nicely, or Rittenhouse Bonded)
- 1t maraschino liqueur
- 8 drops Herbsaint
- 1/2oz lemon
- 1/4oz grapefruit juice
- 1/2oz cinnamon syrup
- 1 dash Bitter Truth aromatic bitters
- grapefruit twist and brandied cherry, for garnish
Shake with ice chipped from the beard of a Robold and donate to a stubby glass. Garnish, offer to a guest, and say “Put your hand in the box” in your best Bene Gesserit voice.
Source: Rick, Kaiser Penguin
- What’s your favorite cinnamon syrup drink?