Easy Cinnamon Simple Syrup Recipe

Cinnamon Simple Syrup
Cinnamon is a perfect simple syrup for adding a touch of flavor to cocktails, coffee, tea, and many other drinks. S&C Design Studios
  • Total: 7 mins
  • Prep: 2 mins
  • Cook: 5 mins
  • Servings: 16 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
50 Calories
0g Fat
13g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 16
Amount per serving
Calories 50
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 0mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Protein 0g
Calcium 6mg 0%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Cinnamon simple syrup is very easy to make at home and it is a quick way to add the subtle, warming spice to any of your favorite drinks. Add a splash to your morning coffee or afternoon tea, or use this syrup to bring flavor into your favorite cocktails. Once you discover the joy of cinnamon syrup, it will become a regular in your kitchen or bar.

Unlike some flavored simple syrups, cinnamon is incredibly easy. All you really have to do is drop a single cinnamon stick into homemade simple syrup, wait for it to steep under the heat, and you're done. It's so easy that you can make it while brewing that first coffee of the day.


Steps to Make It

  1. Bring the water to a boil in a small saucepan.

  2. Add sugar and stir until it has dissolved completely.

  3. Reduce the heat, add the cinnamon sticks and cover the pan.

  4. Simmer for 10-15 minutes.

  5. Remove the pan from the heat. Allow it to cool and steep for at least 1 hour.

  6. Remove the cinnamon, pour the syrup into a bottle, and refrigerate. The syrup will be good for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator.

Tips and Tricks for Great Cinnamon Simple Syrup

Regular white cane sugar makes a great cinnamon syrup and it's easy to find and cheap. It's the perfect option if you use a lot of cinnamon syrup.

  • Demerara (or raw) sugar is another excellent choice that gives the syrup a richer flavor. It's very nice with the cinnamon.
  • Brown sugar is an option, though it's best to split it with white sugar. The cinnamon can get lost behind the darker sugar, so begin with 1 part of each sugar and see how you like it. Yet, if you were to add even more spices, something like this brown sugar spiced simple syrup can be very useful.
  • You can also use sugar substitutes. They work perfectly fine, though you might want to add a second cinnamon stick to amp up the flavor.

If you buy them in bulk, cinnamon sticks are surprisingly inexpensive and many of the best deals are found at international food markets. This may free you up to add a second stick to bring more flavor to the syrup. In general, though, one stick will achieve a nice, rounded cinnamon flavor.

Another way to increase the cinnamon flavor is to leave the spice in the syrup longer. While 1 hour gets a nice flavor, three hours is better.

Add Extra Flavor to Your Cinnamon Syrup

Cinnamon is a very versatile spice and you can use it as a foundation for creating unique homemade syrups for your drinks. Explore these recipes and enjoy the full range of this fun ingredient.

Using Cinnamon Syrup in Cocktails

The subtle flavors of cinnamon can be added to a number of cocktails to enhance and complement the other flavors in the drink. While some cocktails, such as the UK Sour, Poinsettia Punch, and Zombie Punch specifically call for this syrup, it can also be used in other drinks to add a light warmth.

Think of using this syrup in place of plain simple syrup in cocktails with flavors that complement cinnamon. Some examples include modern drinks like Dusk in Eden and the Designated Appletini. It can also reinvigorate classics like the Fish House Punch and Fancy Whiskey