Cinnamon Cocktails to Warm You up This Winter

Cinnamon Cocktails
 Nick Ferrari

Like it or loathe it, there’s no denying the impact that Fireball has had on the liquor industry.

Although the über-popular cinnamon whiskey first hit the market in the mid-’80s, it wasn’t till the last couple of years that all of its social media marketing and brand development finally lit up. According to Bloomberg Businessweek, Fireball was pulling in less than $2 million a year in home sales a few years back. Fast-forward to 2015 and sales of the stuff have blazed past $60 million, incinerating Jameson and Patrón and coming within striking distance of Jäger as America’s top shot. That kind of pop culture domination has inspired plenty of other changes as well.

Cinnamon is now the flavor of choice when it comes to new spirits hitting the market. It’s also helped revitalize the cocktail world, bringing new life—and the warm, fiery flavor of cinnamon—to dozens of popular existing drinks that had begun to lose their bite.

Here, a few of our favorite returns from this bonfire cinnamon trend.

1. Spiced Margarita

Ingredients:

2    oz cinnamon tequila
1    oz agave syrup (diluted 50/50 with water)
1    oz orange juice 
1⁄2    oz fresh lime juice

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Serve on the rocks in a margarita glass. Rim the glass with cinnamon/sugar or a spicy pepper-salt blend plus lime.

2. Mexican Cider

Ingredients:

2    oz cinnamon tequila 
1    oz triple sec 
4    oz spiced cider 
Splash of orange juice

Directions:

Mix tequila, triple sec, and cider in a Collins glass filled with ice. Top with orange juice and garnish with a cinnamon stick. Can be served hot as well.

3. Cinnamon Old-Fashioned

Ingredients:

2    oz agave syrup (diluted 50/50 with water)
2    dashes Angostura bitters
1–2 slices orange peel
2    oz cinnamon rye or bourbon
1    maraschino cherry

Directions:

Combine agave and bitters in an old-fashioned glass. Fill glass with ice. Squeeze orange peel over glass to release oils. Add peel to glass and pour in whiskey. Stir ice until drink is cold then garnish with cherry.

4. Cinnamon Whiskey Sour

Ingredients:

2    oz cinnamon whiskey 
1/2 oz fresh lemon juice 
1    oz agave syrup (diluted 50/50 with water)
1    maraschino cherry
1    wedge lemon​

Directions:

Combine whiskey, lemon juice, and agave syrup in a highball glass filled with ice. Top with cherry and garnish with lemon.