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Cinnamon Schnapps Profile and Drink Recipes


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What is Cinnamon Schnapps?:

Cinnamon schnapps is a distilled spirit flavored with cinnamon. It is often clear, though some companies add red color. This spirit is also high proof, ranging between 40-50% alcohol/volume (80-100 proof).

As far as the flavor of cinnamon schnapps goes, this is going to depend on the brand. The majority use the cinnamon flavoring associated with red hot candies and this profile is desired most when mixing drinks. A few brands, including Hiram Walker Original Cinn, use a more traditional cinnamon spice flavor that is no less appealing, it simply has less heat.

This is also one style of distilled spirit that relies heavily on what can best be described as marketing gimmicks, which are fun and useful when playing with drinks. The 24K gold flakes of Goldschlager is a great example that adds elegance and whimsy to a drink's presentation, on the other side of the spectrum brands like Hot Damn! focus on a bright red, super hot cinnamon profile. Goldschlager is also the drier of the cinnamon schnapps available, many of the others are sweeter than a traditional schnapps.

Common Brands of Cinnamon Schnapps:

  • Aftershock
  • Defrost
  • Firewater
  • Goldschlager
  • Hiram Walker Cinnamon Schnapps
  • Hiram Walker Original Cinn Schnapps
  • Hot Damn! (DeKuyper)

The majority of cinnamon-flavored distilled spirits are labeled as schnapps. However, on occasion you will find a great 'cinnamon liqueur' such as that under the brand name The Old Liquor Store. Another new liqueur is Tuaca Cinnaster.

You may also come across Liquor Quik Goldrush Cinnamon Schnapps. This product is the 'essence' of cinnamon schnapps and is designed to allow you to make your own replica of Goldschlager, flakes and all.

Cinnamon Schnapps Cocktail and Mixed Drink Recipes:

Cinnamon schnapps is nothing short of fun when it comes to mixing it into drinks. It can be used in sophisticated cocktails and it is a popular ingredient in creatively designed shooters.


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