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What to do with cinnamon-infused syrup?
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Posted: 2008-09-03 3:34 pm   Permalink

Speaking of cinnamon-infused syrup, I just bought a bottle of Starbucks Dolce cinnamon syrup - The Bum referenced Starbucks in Sippin' Safari. I was wondering if anyone else has tried this vs the homemade version. I immediately made the Donga punch, '34 Zombie, Tropical Itch and the Jet Pilot. I felt that, even as part of Don's mix, the cinnamon flavor was really prominent - not overly spicy as there is ample sugar in the syrup, but definitely omnipresent. Anyway, just looking for feedback on Starbucks vs the homemade stuff. To the other posters in PA, its definitely worth it to get the martinique rum, if not for these drinks, for many others. Although, except for the Tropical Itch (bourbon flavor came through too much), the other drinks - '34 Zombie, Jet Pilot, Donga punch - were well worth making.


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Rum Balls
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Joined: Oct 04, 2004
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From: Da Big Island
Posted: 2008-09-04 06:45 am   Permalink

As mentioned in this previous post, the Bum now says to avoid the Starbucks cinnamon syrup: http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=26890&forum=10&vpost=353594&hilite=Beachbum%20Berry

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Joined: Aug 18, 2008
Posts: 13
From: Pittsburgh, Penn.
Posted: 2008-09-04 12:51 pm   Permalink


I tried going the commercial route for cinnamon syrup as well, but there's nothing inexpensive that's suitable for tiki drinks. Making it yourself per the Bum's instructions is almost as easy as making simple syrup, so I felt kind of dumb for not trying it first. Break up three cinnamon sticks (you want pieces that are too large to fit through your sieve, so pieces between the size of matchsticks and ball bearings are best), then throw them in a small saucepan with a cup of water and a cup of sugar. Bring to a boil while stirring to dissolve the sugar, cover, simmer for two minutes, turn the heat off, wait four hours, then pour the syrup through a sieve into an empty 500-ml soda bottle or mason jar. Approximate cost: less than $2 for 12 oz of syrup.

BTW, I totally agree about the Martinique rum. Drinks that require it just can't be made properly without it. I need to see how the Clement VSOP compares to the St. James Hors d'Age, though, since the former seems to be much easier to get here.

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Joined: Oct 10, 2008
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Posted: 2008-10-13 3:30 pm   Permalink

Wow! I love cinnamon syrup, but Ive never tried actually making it myself. How exactly did you do that? Anyhow, I find cinnamon really works well with any kinds of hot drinks, be it hot chocolate, coffee or even tea (yes it works!!).. also, you could try adding it randomly when you bake something, my mom used to put some in apple pie and it would taste deliciously good. Have fun experimenting, and put your cinnamon syrup to good use !

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Sparkle Mark
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From: Los Angeles, CA
Posted: 2008-10-13 3:35 pm   Permalink

Cinnamon syrup is also nice mixed with mineral water about 1 part to 5 parts bubbly water.
It made me realize how much cinnamon flavor might be in a cola beverage.
It's also a nice addition to apple cider hard or not.


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Joined: Nov 06, 2002
Posts: 322
From: Hockessin, Delaware
Posted: 2008-10-14 02:43 am   Permalink

You are correct there is cinnamon flavor in cola.

Cola flavor is cinnamon, vanilla, acid and sweetener.

Coke uses phosphoric acid and Pepsi uses citric acid.

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From: Da Big Island
Posted: 2008-10-14 06:28 am   Permalink

"Sippin' Safari" has the recipe to make cinnamon syrup...it's pretty easy to make. There's another thread here somewhere about the best type of cinnamon sticks to use for it.

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The Gnomon
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From: MD-DC-VA
Posted: 2008-10-14 09:41 am   Permalink

There's some cinnamon info in this post. If you're looking to use the quills as swizzle sticks, then cassia is your best bet. If you want to make anything, where cinnamon flavor and consumption is the goal then Ceylon cinnamon is a must.

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