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What is the best commercial Cinnamon Syrup?
SuperEight
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From: Palo Alto
Posted: 2011-06-01 11:05 pm   Permalink

Is any of the commercial Cinnamon Syrup on the market any good? I have made it several times myself so I don't need a lecture or a recipe. Sometimes you just run out and don't feel like cooking some up and waiting for it to cool.

I have seen Trader Tiki's for sale online but can't see anywhere to buy it or his site or online. And the fact that it had vanilla in it made me hesitate.

I have heard the Sonama Syrups Cinnamon Syrup is excellent but only one person sells it online and its $13.00 plus postage for a small bottle. Does anyone know of a source?

And finally as an employee of Peet's, I am hesitant to ask this but is the Starbucks cinnamon syrup any good?


 
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virani
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From: Volcanic area of France
Posted: 2011-06-02 12:56 am   Permalink

I find Trader Tiki's very good !

http://www.tradertiki.com/where-to-buy/
On his website, apparently, it says you can order through Barproducts.com, Cocktail Kingdom or The boston Shaker websites.

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Kill Devil
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Posted: 2011-06-02 07:09 am   Permalink

I can vouch for Trader Tiki as well. I've made cinamon syrup myself too, very easy, but I know what you mean. While I'm at it, their Don's Mix is good too. Their orgeat, not so much, too mild I think.

 
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jingleheimerschmidt
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From: santa rosa, calif.
Posted: 2011-06-02 08:17 am   Permalink

Sonoma is pretty good. I made my own and liked it just a tad bit more. If I remember right, Torani and Starbucks are not preferred. Check your local Whole Foods and see if they can get it. Our BevMo has other Sonoma Syrups occasionally. Then again, we're right down the road from where they make it.

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hiltiki
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Posted: 2011-06-02 08:22 am   Permalink

I bought a DaVinci gourmet cinnamon syrup I am yet to try. Hope it's good. Will post here if I try it out.

 
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Rawim
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Posted: 2011-06-02 2:34 pm   Permalink

I have tried many and have found Trader Tiki's to be the best on the market. Really well balanced and very tasty.

 
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Trader Tiki
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From: Portland, OR
Posted: 2011-06-02 4:26 pm   Permalink

Hi SuperEight,

yeah, the vanilla addition was a text-only fluke. I'll update that on the site, though it's going to be awhile before it's no longer on the labels.

You can't order from TraderTiki.com anymore, but please visit my new tropical drinks shop,
OKOLEMALUNA.COM. I'm expanding the website beyond the syrups, and will be selling glassware, mugs, straws and more for the tropical imbiber.

Oh, and I wanted to add: The cinnamon is used by Jeff "Beachbum" Berry and Martin Cate during their tropical drink demonstrations, and is formulated from my years of experience making syrups for tropical drinks at home. My syrup was made very specifically for the application of tropical drinks, and if I can say so myself, works DANDY. Some may be cheaper, some may be organic (it's a very, very expensive certification to get), but damnit, if you're making a tiki drink, choose Trader Tiki (soon to be relabeled as B.G. Reynolds').

Cheers!

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rev_thumper
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From: Koala Kabana, New England
Posted: 2011-06-02 5:43 pm   Permalink

I have always been a fan of the Sonoma syrup but the last order I got had an odd taste, can't tell if they changed the formula or a bad batch.

 
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TropicDrinkBoy
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Posted: 2011-06-02 7:30 pm   Permalink

Hi Trader Tiki,
I found some of your syrups at Cask in San Francisco near the Montgomery St. Bart station. I don't know if they carry the cinnamon syrup though. I bought your orgeat and Don's Mix there. I haven't tried the Don's Mix yet but think the orgeat is very good.


 
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thePorpoise
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Posted: 2011-06-02 9:20 pm   Permalink

does anyone happen to have link to the prevailing home recipe (sorry, couldnt tell from multitude of search results).

I've been happy with my formulation of 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon to 2 oz rock candy syrup, but wonder if it ought to be spicier.


 
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SuperEight
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From: Palo Alto
Posted: 2011-06-02 10:35 pm   Permalink

Trader Tiki it is such a relief to hear there is no vanilla in your cinnamon syrup. You know how crazy some Tiki folks can get about their drinks and I have to admit I didn't want to try any of your syrups when I saw that there was vanilla in it. No vanilla was all I had to hear in order to give it a shot.

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Cincy_Tiki_Craig
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Posted: 2011-06-04 12:28 am   Permalink

Trader Tiki's is bar none the BEST cinnamon syrup that I've ever used.

 
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Chip and Andy
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Posted: 2011-06-04 08:21 am   Permalink

I was unimpressed with the Sonoma brand, seemed a bit weak in the final analysis.

Monin (I think it was Monin, the label is gone now) was pretty decent, but tasted a little waxy.

Trader Tiki has, by far, the best bottle you can buy.


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On 2011-06-02 21:20, thePorpoise wrote:
does anyone happen to have link to the prevailing home recipe...



If your going to make your own, and have about a week or so, I have been very happy with this recipe:

1:1 simple syrup, about 3 cups should get you going.
1 ounce-ish overproof white rum (not a critical measure, more is ok, less not so much)
five or more large cinnamon sticks.
A bottle that you can seal very tightly

Put the cinnamon sticks in the bottle.
Pour your hot simple syrup into the bottle. Add enough to cover the cinnamon sticks completely.
Allow it to cool to room temperature then add your overproof rum and cap/seal tightly.
Shake it every day for a week until you get a good color.
After four or five days, start sampling.

The flavor will peak out in about a week or so, the color will continue to develop for as long as you have the bottle.

It will keep under your bar for about a month, and in the fridge for about 6 months.

The best part of doing your own is when you get the bottle about half empty you can add more hot simple syrup to refill it and 'recharge' the flavor. You'll have to do a bit of math on the refills because you need to add enough alcohol to keep it in the 25 to 30% ABV range to keep it shelf stable.



 
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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2011-06-04 11:54 am   Permalink

Porpoise, there has been some debate over the two types of cinnamon available. Cassia cinnamon is thick and each stick will have only one or two layers. This is the cinnamon you are most likely to find in the spice section of your supermartket. Cassia is stronger and spicier. Ceylon cinnamon has multiple thin layers, I usually find it in the Mexican food section in sealed bags rather than spice bottles. Ceylon cinnamon is more subtle and complex. I had read that Ceylon cinnamon is more suited to drinks, what's your take on this Chip?
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thePorpoise
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Posted: 2011-06-04 5:26 pm   Permalink

I've always thought its all Indonesian in the US, incl. the Badia et al latin brands, unless labelled Saigon or Ceylon.

 
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