This easy cinnamon simple syrup recipe is the perfect addition to your morning coffee or shaken into a holiday cocktail.
You can mix up this cinnamon sweet syrup with just a few simple ingredients and a few simple steps. Homemade Cinnamon Simple Syrup is ideal for iced coffee and any other cold drink where a liquid sweetener mixes in better than granulated sugar. It's also a better way to sweeten your favorite coffee drinks since you know exactly what's in it and it costs pennies to make.
- Cane Sugar
- Cinnamon Sticks
How to Make Cinnamon Simple Syrup
Bring a cup of water to a boil in a small saucepan over medium heat.
Add a cup of sugar and stir until the sugar dissolves.
Remove from heat and add cinnamon sticks. Allow mixture to cool to room temperature.
Pour the syrup - including the cinnamon sticks - into a glass, airtight container.
Remove cinnamon sticks after 24 hours.
Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.
- The longer you leave the cinnamon sticks in the syrup, the stronger the flavor. You can leave the cinnamon sticks in for multiple days, but I find 24 hours gives strong cinnamon flavor without getting too overwhelming.
- Use a glass container, like a pint mason jar, to store your syrup. Plastic containers can take on the aroma of whatever was in it last, so your cinnamon syrup could end up with extra flavors in it that you don’t want.
- Give cinnamon simple syrup as a gift! Pour your syrup into a pretty glass bottle, add a ribbon, and gift it alongside some delicious coffee or tea. Or include it in a DIY Cocktail or Mocktail kit.
- Homemade cinnamon syrup is delicious in so many drinks and can be changed to suit many tastes. Add a bit of vanilla extract to create a richer flavor.
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How to Use Cinnamon Simple Syrup
- Add cinnamon syrup to your cup of coffee, hot tea, or hot chocolate for a sweet treat.
- Mix equal parts cinnamon simple syrup and 100% pure maple syrup and pour over pancakes, waffles, or french toast.
- Shake it up in my Holiday Spice Martini cocktails.
FAQs and Substitutions
Skip the ground cinnamon for this syrup. It’s difficult to remove from the syrup and leaving it in will cause the syrup to continue to intensify in flavor over time. This makes it difficult to gauge how much cinnamon syrup you’ll need in a recipe and will lead to the cinnamon flavor overwhelming the other ingredients.
Using a different type of sugar will change the flavor of this syrup. If you’re looking for a different flavor to enjoy with the cinnamon, try brown sugar or honey in this recipe instead of the white sugar.
With the cinnamon sticks removed, the syrup will have a longer shelf life and keep in the refrigerator for 3 weeks. Leaving the cinnamon sticks in the syrup can cause it to spoil sooner, so if you do that toss it after 2 weeks. Regardless of the date, pour out the syrup as soon as it starts looking cloudy or any pockets of cloudiness appear in the syrup.