Once you get that first taste, cinnamon schnapps is hard to resist and this is especially true if you are a fan of hot cinnamon candies. This sweet, delicious liqueur is a popular ingredient for cocktails and shooters and brands like Hot Damn and Goldschläger have made the fiery schnapps more popular than ever.
What Is Cinnamon Schnapps?
Cinnamon schnapps is a distilled spirit flavored with cinnamon. It is often clear, though some companies add a red color. This spirit is also high proof, ranging from 40 percent to 50 percent alcohol by volume (80 to 100 proof).
The actual flavor of cinnamon schnapps 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, use a more traditional cinnamon spice flavor that is no less appealing, it simply has less heat.
This is also one style of liquor that relies heavily on what can best be described as marketing gimmicks. These can be fun and useful when you're playing around with drinks.
- The 24K gold flakes of Goldschläger are a great example and it's a fun way to add either elegance or whimsy to a drink's presentation.
- Brands like Hot Damn! focus on a bright red, super hot cinnamon profile and more of the "party on!" attitude.
Goldschläger is one of the drier cinnamon schnapps available and can be considered at the high-end of the class. Many of the others are sweeter than a traditional schnapps and a few can be too sweet.
A variety of companies produce cinnamon schnapps, including these well-known brands:
- Hiram Walker Cinnamon Schnapps
- Hot Damn! (DeKuyper)
The majority of cinnamon-flavored distilled spirits are labeled as schnapps. On occasion, you will find a great 'cinnamon liqueur' such as that under the brand name The Old Liquor Store.
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 Goldschläger, flakes and all.
Cinnamon schnapps should not be confused with the many cinnamon whiskey liqueurs available. However, in most drinks, something like Fireball is an excellent substitute for the likes of Hot Damn or Aftershock. On the other hand, most people would not consider any of the cinnamon "whiskeys" a viable substitute for Goldschläger.
When mixing drinks, cinnamon schnapps is nothing short of fun. It can be used in sophisticated cocktails, such as the black and gold martini, which combines Goldschläger with Blavod black vodka. You can also enjoy the rooster cocktail and pair Goldschläger with bourbon and sarsaparilla. The cherry cobbler is a very funky recipe that uses cherry-flavored bourbon, coconut amaretto, and Hot Damn.
Then again, cinnamon schnapps is often featured in warm and cozy drinks. While you can simply spike your hot apple cider with a shot of schnapps, you can also mix up the hot cinn apple toddy. And, if you're having guests over, they're sure to love the hot gold apple cider. That big-batch cocktail is an aromatic delight, mixing Goldschläger with rum and spices and filling your home with the most inviting aroma!
Cinnamon schnapps is also a popular ingredient for creatively designed shooters. In reality, it's used to create some of the best-tasting shots you'll find and every one of these will be a hit at any party.
- Liquid Cocaine: A somewhat crazy mix that's very potent, this shot combines Goldschläger with Jägermeister and Rumple Minze.
- Oatmeal Cookie: Maybe a little too delicious, this recipe recreates the cookie in a glass by combining butterscotch and cinnamon schnapps with Irish cream and Jägermeister.
- Pirate's Treasure: Play up the gold flakes of Goldschläger by burying the treasure underneath a layer of Captain Morgan.
- Tomahawk: The tastiest shot, you will return to this cinnamon schnapps and amaretto recipe over and over again!