How to Make Flavorful Cinnamon Vodka

Published April 18, 2022
Jar Of Cinnamon Sticks In The Kitchen

Ingredients

  • 3-4 whole cinnamon sticks
  • 750mL vodka
  • Two large clean bottles or jars
  • Cheesecloth or other fine strainer
  • Funnel

Instructions

  1. In a large clean bottle or jars, combine your cinnamon sticks and vodka.
  2. After sealing them securely, give the cinnamon and vodka a gentle swirl to start mixing things.
  3. Store the containers in a cool, dark place for approximately 3 to 4 days. Each day, give the infusion another gentle swirl.
  4. After time has passed, have a sample of the infused vodka by pouring it into a glass and giving it a taste. If you decide you want more cinnamon flavor, then allow the flavors to hang out together longer, continuing to swirl each day.
  5. If the flavor is what you want, then carefully remove the cinnamon sticks and discard them. Alternatively, you can use the cinnamon sticks to make a boozy cinnamon simple syrup.
  6. Carefully funnel the vodka into the clean bottle, using a cheesecloth or other strainer to catch any remaining cinnamon sediments.
  7. Seal and store in a cool, dark place.

You can use the infused vodka immediately, and it will keep well in a cool, dark place for one to two years without flavor being affected. However, discard when the flavor starts to fade or tastes "off."

Variations of Cinnamon-Infused Vodka

Cinnamon is a beautifully singular flavor that pairs well with so many other herbs, fruits, and spices. The hardest part is deciding where to start.

  • Add an unpeeled, sliced apple or two for that signature and beloved cinnamon apple flavor.
  • Drop-in ten to twelve unwrapped soft or hard caramel candies for a sweeter vodka.
  • Add in a cup of pitted and coarsely chopped cherries or pitted and sliced plums for a fruitier flavor. Likewise, a sliced and unpeeled pear adds another level of flavor.
  • If you're in search of rich spice notes, add a half to one tablespoon of cloves, a tablespoon of peeled and sliced ginger, a tablespoon of coarsely chopped nutmeg, a half to full tablespoon of star anise, and a whole vanilla bean.
  • Create a little zip by adding a cup of coarsely chopped whole coffee beans.
  • Talk a walk on the sweeter side by adding a quarter cup of coarsely chopped pieces of chocolate. You can also add a quarter cup of honey or maple syrup.
  • Kick things into a nuttier gear by adding a half cup of coarsely chopped almonds, pecans, or walnuts.

Cinnamon-Infused Vodka Cocktails

Few flavors are as iconic as cinnamon, so it's a no-brainer to pair a cinnamon vodka with a classic cocktail or even a modern spin.

Cinnamon Martini

Cinnamon martini

Put your cinnamon vodka on an elegant pedestal with a martini.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces cinnamon-infused vodka
  • ¾ ounce vanilla liqueur
  • ¼ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Ice
  • Apple slice for garnish

Instructions

  1. Chill a martini glass or coupe.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, cinnamon vodka, vanilla liqueur, and lemon juice.
  3. Shake to chill.
  4. Strain into chilled glass.
  5. Garnish with apple slice.

Cinnamon Mule

Cinnamon Mule

Ginger and cinnamon are a match made in spiced mule heaven.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces cinnamon-infused vodka
  • ½ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Ice
  • Ginger beer to top off
  • Mint sprig for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a rocks glass or copper mug, add ice, cinnamon vodka, and lime juice.
  2. Top off with ginger beer.
  3. Garnish with mint sprig.

A Happy Pear

Happy Pear

Skip the apple flavor pairing in favor of its just as tasty cousin: a ripe pear.

Ingredients

  • 1½ ounces cinnamon-infused vodka
  • ¾ ounce pear liqueur
  • ¾ ounce elderflower liqueur
  • ½ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Ice
  • Pear slice for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, cinnamon vodka, pear liqueur, elderflower liqueur, and lemon juice.
  2. Shake to chill.
  3. Strain into highball glass over fresh ice.
  4. Garnish with pear slice.

Cinnamon Apple Highball

Cinnamon Apple Highball

Skip apple dessert and the pain of making baked apples in favor of this easy to make and even easier to enjoy highball.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces cinnamon-infused vodka
  • ¾ ounce apple liqueur
  • ¾ ounce simple syrup
  • ¼ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Ice
  • Ginger ale to top off
  • Apple slice for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a highball glass, add ice, cinnamon vodka, apple liqueur, simple syrup, and lemon juice.
  2. Stir to mix.
  3. Top off with ginger ale.
  4. Garnish with apple slices.

Mixers for Cinnamon Vodka Drinks

If a full cocktail recipe is a bit too much, you can enjoy your cinnamon vodka with a mixer- or even a few!

Spice Up Your Life With Cinnamon-Infused Vodka

Nothing adds a little heat, a little spice, and a whole lot of flavor like cinnamon. It's a smooth and easy way to give any classic cocktail a much-needed facelift or doll up a simple highball. Run, don't walk, to your spice cabinet.

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