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What is the best commercial Cinnamon Syrup?
MadDogMike
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Posted: 2011-06-04 6:48 pm   Permalink



Not a great picture but you can see the difference. I haven't had any trouble finding both.
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Chip and Andy
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Posted: 2011-06-05 05:40 am   Permalink

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On 2011-06-04 18:48, MadDogMike wrote:

Not a great picture but you can see the difference. I haven't had any trouble finding both.




Neither type is hard to find, unless your looking specifically for it, then you can only find the one your not looking for.

The Ceylon has a much thinner, almost papery finish to the bark. This works well for making your own cinnamon powder because you can run it through a coffee or spice grinder. It does not, however, make for good cinnamon syrup. It is less durable when doing a long steep process, it tends to break down and cloud up your mix.

As to which make the better flavor? I have always been a fan of the spicier, sharper Cassia. When you consider that most drinks are using a small measure of cinnamon it seems a good idea to have that cinnamon have as much *oomph* as possible at the small measures.

As with anything else bar related.... your mileage may vary.


Is this picture any better?


Ceylon, made from the thinner inner bark on the left. Korintje, or Indonesian cinnamon, which uses a thicker slice of the bark on the right.


 
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thePorpoise
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Posted: 2011-06-05 10:36 am   Permalink

based on those photos, not sure i've ever seen ceylon cinnamon sticks at any of my groceries.

but, i usually make my syrup from regular ground cinnamon, on an as needed basis for immediate use, in portions of two oz or so.


 
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Slacks Ferret
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Posted: 2011-06-07 08:14 am   Permalink

Because of this thread, i was inspired to make my own cinnamon syrup. I used the directions from BBB's Remixed. Pretty easy.


 
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Slacks Ferret
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Posted: 2011-06-07 08:30 am   Permalink

Because of this thread, i was inspired to make my own cinnamon syrup. I used the directions from BBB's Remixed. Pretty easy.


 
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Posted: 2016-07-01 2:29 pm   Permalink

Is cinnamon syrup supposed to be thick?

I used these 2 recipes as my guides, and the stuff I ended up with is no thicker than wine!

For standard simple syrup, I've read that you bring it to a boil before simmering? Is that what I did wrong here since I just brought it to a simmer?

http://5minutesofrum.com/episodes/2013/11/22/episode-16-zaya-rum
3 cinnamon sticks (ceylon if available)
2 cups sugar
1 cup water

Break up cinnamon sticks into small pieces. Combine with sugar and water in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer, heat until sugar dissolves. Cover and simmer for 2 minutes. Remove from heat, leave covered. Let sit for 2 hours. Strain through metal strainer or cheesecloth. Pour into syrup bottle and add 0.5 oz light rum to help stabilize. Store in refrigerator.

http://www.homebarbasics.com/syrups/
In a saucepan over medium heat, lightly toast 3 cinnamon sticks, crushed lightly to expose more surface area to the heat. Crush again, but don’t pulverize. Add 1 1/2 cups sugar and 1 1/2 cups water, then simmer 10 minutes, stirring to dissolve sugar. Cool & let steep two hours, then double-strain through a couple layers of dampened cheesecloth into an airtight container. Keep refrigerated. Will last about two months.


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heylownine
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Posted: 2016-07-04 12:07 pm   Permalink

Aloha!

You will get a thinner syrup with a 1:1 sugar to wear ratio, though it should be thicker than wine. When I make cinnamon syrup I'm obviously following the 5 Minutes of Rum recipe (obviously) and I find it to be about as thick as maple syrup when done, and less thick than B.G. Reynolds syrup. I generally try to avoid getting to a full boil when making syrups.

Maybe try experimenting with the sugar to water ratio, but in smaller batches until you find the balance you're looking for. Incidentally, the syrup will tighten up once refrigerated.

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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2017-02-13 12:06 pm   Permalink

I saw some roasted cinnamon in the store the other day, my mind starting swirling and I thought of smoked cinnamon syrup. Throw some whole cinnamon sticks in the smoker before making syrup. It would make an interesting flavor profile but I'm not sure what kind of "Tiki" drinks it would go in?

 
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HopeChest
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Posted: 2017-02-13 1:45 pm   Permalink

Jet Pilot, perhaps? Or a Rum Old Fashioned with some black walnut bitters.

 
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Posted: 2017-02-14 02:58 am   Permalink

Sounds like it might give a unique twist to a pineapple daiquiri? I suspect the smoke would pair with the pineapple nicely. I'd be very interested to hear what a smoked cinnamon syrup tastes like.

Smoked Cinnamon & Pineapple Daiquiri
1.5oz Stiggins Fancy Pineapple Rum,
1oz Lime
1/2oz smoked cinnamon syrup

Shake with ice and strain into a couple glass.

Mmmm too early in the morning to be this thirsty



 
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Posted: 2017-02-14 09:40 am   Permalink

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On 2017-02-14 02:58, Scaramouch wrote:

Mmmm too early in the morning to be this thirsty




That's what coffee grogs are for!

I used to joke that "as long as McDonald's has stopped serving breakfast, it's okay to start drinking"...but then they started serving breakfast all day. Obviously all bets are off now.


 
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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2017-02-14 1:53 pm   Permalink

Great suggestions! That Pineapple Daiquiri would go well with a grilled pineapple garnish for a visual tie-in to the smoke. Now I need to find an excuse to fire up the smoker. I feel Smoked Pork and Smokey Pineapple Daiquiris coming on!

 
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Posted: 2017-04-10 12:01 pm   Permalink

In a pinch, I get a bottle of Cinnamon Dulce Syrup from Starbucks. I think it's about $10, and it's shelf stable. Cinnamon flavor is okay, but it's a little on the sweet side. Works great if you're just using a little bit in your drink.

 
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