In the meantime, I whipped up some cinnamon syrup the other day that has turned out to be fabulous in plenty of cocktails. It's super easy and the flavour is strong and way better than fake stuff!
Here's how to throw it together:
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
4 cinnamon sticks
1/4 cup vodka
Crush the cinnamon sticks by putting them in a ziplock bag and smashing them with a hammer or rolling pin. Put the water and sugar in a pot and heat until sugar has dissolved. Add the cinnamon. Bring to a boil, and then simmer for 10-15 minutes. Towards the end, add the vodka. Keep cooking until it gets slightly syrupy - it won't be too thick though.
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Remove from heat and cool, then strain out the cinnamon using cheesecloth and a metal strainer. Pour into a bottle or jar with a tight cap and keep refrigerated.
Now, how do you use this you ask?? Oh, in so many ways! Add a dash to a glass of brandy and eggnog instead of sprinkling cinnamon on top. Put some in your coffee. Or try this one:
1.5 oz bourbon
.5 oz ginger liqueur
.5 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
.25 oz cinnamon syrup
Shake with ice and serve in a cocktail glass. ENJOY!
And here's a peek at the hazelnut liqueur in progress....stay tuned!