Honey Bun Cocktail

Pinnacle Vodka's Honey Bun Cocktail with Cinnabon Vodka

Pinnacle Vodka

  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 cocktail (1 serving)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
141 Calories
0g Fat
22g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1 cocktail (1 serving)
Amount per serving
Calories 141
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 3mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Protein 1g
Calcium 31mg 2%
*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.)

Pinnacle Cinnabon Vodka is the result of a partnership between its two namesake companies. It was designed to bring the flavor of the popular cinnamon roll into a bottle of vodka. The honey bun drink goes a bit further and adds an interesting twist with Jim Beam Honey, a honey-flavored liqueur that uses the bourbon for the base.

The cinnamon-honey mix is a delightful one. Yet, that profile is very one-sided, resulting in what would be an overly sweetened drink on its own. That is where the sour mix plays a vital role. By adding its sweetened sour taste, the drink comes into balance and a great cocktail is born.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 ounces sweet cinnamon vodka (Pinnacle Cinnabon Vodka)
  • 1 1/2 ounces honey-flavored whiskey (Jim Beam Honey Bourbon)
  • 3 ounces lemon sour (fresh)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Pour the vodka, bourbon, and lemon sour into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.

  3. Shake well and strain into a collins glass filled with fresh ice.

  4. Serve and enjoy!

Tips

Recipe Variation

Serve it up in a cocktail glass if you like. In this case, consider reducing the volume by pouring 1 ounce each of the vodka and whiskey and 2 ounces of lemon sour. The other option is to strain it into two cocktail glasses and share!

Pinnacle Cinnabon Substitutes

The tricky part about specialty flavored vodkas that fill a tight niche is that they're often short-lived. Such might be the case of Pinnacle Cinnabon, as it's no longer included in the brand's portfolio, though it may still be available at some liquor stores (online and off).

The possible substitutions for it are limited. You don't necessarily want a "hot" cinnamon vodka, but one that has a sweeter profile—often based on cinnamon-flavored desserts. Smirnoff offers a Cinnamon Churros vodka and their Cinna-Sugar Twist is another candidate, though it too may have been a limited release.

Another possibility for a great cocktail is to use an apple-cinnamon vodka because that combination will naturally have a slightly sweeter profile. It can be found from smaller brands like Wild Roots Spirits and Infuse Spirits. Then again, apple-cinnamon vodka would be an easy infusion to do yourself. It should take about 5 days with cut apples and a single cinnamon stick.

Copycat Pinnacle Cinnabon Vodka

For anyone who enjoys a DIY experiment, there is potential to mimic the flavor of Pinnacle Cinnabon. It may not be an exact replica and to get the sweeter taste, you will need a syrup, so the result will technically be a liqueur.

For instance, you might try to do a normal cinnamon stick vodka infusion of about 3 to 4 days. Then, to sweeten it, add brown sugar syrup (reduce the complementary spices and concentrate on the cinnamon and vanilla). Do this addition in small increments—mixing after each—until you find the ideal balance of flavors.

How Strong Is a Honey Bun?

Both of the spirits in the honey bun recipe are bottled at 70 proof, so the drink is going to be relatively light. It should have an alcohol content around 13 percent ABV (26 proof), so it's like drinking a glass of wine, only much sweeter.

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