20 best Cinnamon Syrup cocktails

Words by Simon Difford

Photography by Dan Malpass

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The rich, uplifting, flavoursome spice of cinnamon syrup plays a vital role in many autumnal and winter cocktails while, conversely is also a staple ingredient in many tropical cocktails. This is highlighted in the diversity of these cinnamon syrup-influenced cocktails.

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Banana Stand
With: Speyside single malt, lemon juice, crème de banana, peated whisky, Yellow Chartreuse, cinnamon syrup, and allspice dram.
We say: Smoky whisky-laced, rich, delicately herbal banana.

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C'est la Vie
With: Cognac, Bénédictine D.O.M., apple juice, lemon juice, and cinnamon syrup.
We say: A tasty apple and cognac sour with delicate herbal and cinnamon spice.

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Cheshire Cat
With: Rosemary sprig, cognac, Scotch whisky, cherry brandy, full-bodied vermouth, cinnamon syrup.
We say: A Vieux Carré riff with scotch substituting rye whiskey and cherry wine in place of vermouth.

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Elusive Dreams
With: Pineapple rum, gold rum, pineapple juice, lime juice, cinnamon syrup, and crème de banane.
We say: A Hotel Nacional Special riff with tropical fruit and delicate cinnamon spice.

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Fake I.D.
With: Black rum, artichoke amaro, and cinnamon syrup.
We say: A late-night sipper which pairs rum, artichoke amaro and a touch cinnamon spice.

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Fall from The Tree
With: Calvados, apple juice, lemon juice, cinnamon syrup, and aromatic bitters.
We say: Sometimes based on bourbon or scotch whisky in place of calvados.

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Gilda
With: Blanco tequila, pineapple juice, lime juice, cinnamon syrup, and Margarita Bitters.
We say: A cinnamon and pineapple tequila sour.

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Gun Metal Blue
With: Mezcal, blue curaçao, lime juice, crème de pêche, and cinnamon syrup.
We say: Orange, peach and cinnamon delicately flavour this mezcal-based Margarita riff.

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Jet Pilot
With: Pot still Jamaican rum, overproof aged rum, gold rum, falernum, cinnamon syrup, grapefruit juice, lime juice, absinthe and aromatic bitters.
We say: A lightly spicy blend of three rums with citrus mellowed by crushed ice.

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Jungle Hunt
With: German amaro, pineapple rum, falernum, lemon juice, pineapple juice, cinnamon syrup, and aromatic bitters.
We say: Herbal pineapple and spice with hints of Tiki.

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Mean Fiddler
With: Irish whiskey, Green Chartreuse, rosso vermouth, peated whisky, Italian red bitter liqueur, cinnamon syrup and aromatic bitters.
We say: A riff on a classic Tipperary with peated whisky and Italian red bitter liqueur.

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Nui Nui
With: Golden rum, pimento dram, orange juice, lime juice, cinnamon syrup, vanilla syrup, and aromatic bitters.
We say: Cinnamon and pimento spiced golden rum with cleansing citrus.

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Pirate Queen
With: Strawberry, aged rum, genever, lemon juice, sugar syrup, honey syrup, ginger syrup, cinnamon syrup, and creole bitters.
We say: Lightly spicy with an attractive underlying bready fruitiness from the fresh strawberry and genever.

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Poison Dart
With: Bourbon, lemon juice, orgeat, artichoke amaro, cinnamon syrup, allspice dram, and orange bitters.
We say: Bourbon-laced zesty lemon balanced by rich almond syrup and cinnamon spice.

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Quarantine Order
With: Gold rum, grapefruit juice, lime juice, cinnamon syrup, passionfruit syrup, sugar syrup, and aromatic bitters.
We say: Tangy, fruity, rum-laced and passion fruit-tastic. Doctor's order!

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Sangre Dulce
With: Mezcal, blood orange juice, cinnamon syrup, and fernet.
We say: Big-hitting mezcal, cinnamon and bittersweet fernet combine harmoniously.

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Succulent Blood
With: Mezcal, blood orange juice, cinnamon syrup, and falernum.
We say: Mezcal and orange juice with cinnamon syrup and clove rich falernum.

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Undead Gentleman
With: Absinthe blanc, aged rum, black 151 rum, falernum, cinnamon syrup, grapefruit juice, lime juice, and aromatic bitters.
We say: A riff on Donn Beach's classic Zombie with more gentlemanly refinement.

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Unforgettable Moments
With: Cognac, sweet Moscatel,
Strega, cherry brandy, vanilla syrup, and cinnamon syrup.
We say: Slightly sweet with vanilla, cherry, cinnamon and complex peppermint and herbal notes.

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Whisky Business
With: Rye whiskey, chile liqueur, lemon juice, cinnamon syrup, and aromatic bitters.
We say: A rye sour enlivened with chili and cinnamon spice to warm the cockles.

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