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Homemade Cinnamon Simple Syrup for Cocktails

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Last Updated on January 26, 2024 by Leah Hall

Easy to make 3 ingredient homemade cinnamon simple syrup. It adds sweetness and cinnamon flavor to drinks and cocktails with this flavored simple syrup! We will show you how to make Cinnamon Syrup for cocktails!


Homemade simple syrup is an inexpensive way to add different flavors for drinks in your home bar. Simple syrup only requires water, sugar and a little time on the stove. Adding the cinnamon flavor is as simple as a few cinnamon sticks in the syrup and letting it steep.


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How Do You Make Simple Syrup?

Making simple syrup only takes a few simple steps! Bring sugar and water to a boil together in a small saucepan over medium high heat until the sugar dissolves. If you are wanting any flavor in your simple syrup, then add the flavoring that you would like the syrup to have. This easy recipe is made with a simple cup of sugar and anyone can make it!


For this Cinnamon Simple Syrup, we used some cinnamon sticks. When adding in the cinnamon sticks, let boil for a minute or two then remove the syrup from the heat and let it sit to steep.

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What Kind of Cinnamon Is Best for Simple Syrup?

The cinnamon sticks you use depends on the flavor you prefer.

There are two types of cinnamon:

  • Ceylon (aka Mexican cinnamon): slightly floral and citrusy. Good to pair with fruit flavors. Lighter in color, thinner sheets. More expensive as it’s seen as “true” cinnamon.
  • Cassia, which may be labeled Indonesian Korentje or Vietnamese Saigon. Most common cinnamon found in the US, and a great baking choice. Darker color.

cinnamon simple syrup being poured into jar from a copper saucepan

What Type of Sugar Works Best for Cinnamon Syrup?

  • Regular white granulated sugar is a great option.
  • Demerara sugar is another great choice that can give the syrup a richer flavor.
  • Brown sugar is also a great choice, but it’s best to half it with white sugar. The cinnamon flavor may disappear behind the brown sugar. But, brown sugar spiced syrup would be delicious with some more baking spices added.
  • Sugar substitutes: honey, maple syrup, date sugar or agave. As well as Splenda, Stevia, et al.

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Using this Homemade Cinnamon Syrup

Cinnamon is a versatile flavored syrup, and is great for a lot of drinks. Obvious cocktails perfect for cinnamon syrups are any fall and winter recipes. There are also recipes that call for this syrup aren’t seasonal.  Cinnamon cocktails like our Hawaiian Bonfire, Thanksgiving Punch or Hawaiian Creamsicle! We even used it in our Sparkling Tropical Mocktail, too!


Cinnamon Syrup can also can be used in:

  • morning coffee, cinnamon lattes, iced coffee
  • Tea
  • Hot Chocolate
  • poured over pancakes or waffles
  • cocktails
  • as flavor added into whipped cream or frosting
  • as a gift


Ground Cinnamon Vs. Cinnamon Sticks

You can make this syrup using ground cinnamon. Just know that ground cinnamon is not going to dissolve completely into the syrup. You can still get a flavorful and rich simple syrup. But, there will be some ground cinnamon left in the syrup.


We personally don’t like that aspect, but it doesn’t affect the flavor of your cocktails or drinks. Maybe just shake the syrup jar before using it to make sure any ground cinnamon is mixed.


Cinnamon sticks will give the flavor without the ground cinnamon residue. But, cinnamon sticks are more expensive to have on hand.


Cinnamon Syrup Ingredients

  • Water – simple tap water will work. If you want a syrup that is clearer though, use filtered water.
  • Sugar – we used regular granulated sugar, but please feel free to use any sweetener that you would like. Read more about sugar suggestions above.
  • Cinnamon Sticks – We talk more about this above, but make sure they are high quality cinnamon sticks. You can break them apart if you would like more surface area for the infusion.
  • Vanilla Extract – optional. We usually don’t add in vanilla extract, but if you would like, you may. Use a bit of vanilla extract, about 1-2 teaspoons for a little extra added flavor. We just love the true cinnamon flavor to shine through though.

light tan colored cinnamon simple syrup in a jar on a wood table

Tips & Tricks for Cinnamon Simple Syrup
  • How Long Does Infused Simple Syrup Last? Store the syrup in the refrigerator, it will keep well for up to a month.
  • Two cinnamon sticks are enough and give the syrup a nice flavor. You can break them up into pieces for more surface contact with the syrup if you would like, or let the syrup steep longer for more flavor.
  • Steep – steep the cinnamon sticks for at least 15 minutes, but up to an hour if you want a super strong cinnamon flavor.
  • Gift – since you now know how to make cinnamon syrup for cocktails, know that it makes a great gift! Plan to make some for Christmas or a housewarming, just pour in a pretty jar or bottle and tie with a ribbon and label, and you have a great gift for someone!

cinnamon simple syrup being poured into jar from a copper saucepan

How to Store Simple Syrup

Store this cooled syrup in a jar with a lid. In an airtight container it will keep well in the refrigerator for around 2 weeks.


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light tan colored cinnamon simple syrup in a jar on a wood table
Yield: 1 cup

Cinnamon Simple Syrup

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

This cinnamon simple syrup adds a warmth to cocktails and drinks, as well as coffee and desserts!


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cinnamon sticks


  1. Combine sugar and water in small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium high heat, and when it starts to simmer, add cinnamon sticks.
  2. Once the syrup boils, pull off of heat and let cinnamon sticks steep for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Let cool and strain out cinnamon sticks.
  4. Store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to a month.
  5. Cheers!

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

.50 ounces

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 47Carbohydrates: 12.5gSugar: 12.5g

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