Add cinnamon sweetness to any beverage with this easy homemade cinnamon syrup recipe.
A must have for any home barista, bartender, mixologist, or chef. Simple syrup is a super simple recipe everyone should know!
Why buy a bottle for nearly $15, when you can make it home for so much cheaper!
What is simple syrup?
Simple syrup is a liquid sweetener made by dissolving sugar in water. This liquid sweetener easily mixes in beverages of any temperature, be it iced or warm.
One to one ratio (equal parts) of water and sugar is the most common way to make simple syrup. For a sweeter syrup, a one to two ratio of water and sugar is used.
All sorts of flavors can be infused into the syrup. For this recipe, we’re focusing on cinnamon!
Cinnamon Dolce Syrup
Have you ever ordered the Cinnamon Dolce Latte from Starbucks? Or, how about a cinnamon latte from your local coffee shop?
The not to secret ingredient to these drinks is cinnamon syrup!
Add sweet cinnamon flavor to any beverage with this homemade cinnamon dolce syrup.
How to make cinnamon dolce syrup
“Dolce” is Italian for sweet. The Starbucks cinnamon dolce syrup translates to cinnamon sweet syrup.
To make this at home, you’ll need water, brown sugar, and cinnamon sticks.
Any type of brown sugar will work- light brown, dark brown, even muscovado sugar. Brown sugar adds a warm richness to the syrup.
However, you may use granulated white sugar, if preferred.
Place water, brown sugar, and cinnamon sticks in a heavy bottomed sauce pot. Bring mixture to a boil.
Simmer until sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and steep cinnamon sticks for about 30 minutes.
Strain out cinnamon and pour syrup into an airtight container.
That’s it! Use the syrup right away, or store in the fridge for later use.
Cinnamon Sticks versus Ground Cinnamon
Cinnamon sticks are a MUST. Do not use ground cinnamon.
Ground cinnamon will not dissolve into the syrup. You’ll end up with a sugary mess.
Cinnamon sticks are generally sold at supermarkets as 3-inch sticks. You’ll find longer 6-inch sticks at restaurant supply stores, Smart & Final, and Costco.
How to Use Cinnamon Simple Syrup
Use this syrup to add sweet flavor to coffee, tea, milk, or cocktails.
Start by adding one tablespoon to your beverage. Then, adjust according to taste.
Here are some drinks recipes to get you started:
A homemade version of the popular Starbucks cinnamon dolce latte. This easy to make beverage combines, espresso, cinnamon syrup, steamed milk, and sweetened whipped cream.
Zombie Cocktail is a super potent tiki drink that supposedly turns you into a zombie if you drink too much! It’s made with rum, cinnamon syrup, and a variety of fresh squeezed juices.
Impress holiday guests with this fun and festive Bourbon Pumpkin Cocktail! This chilled cocktail features warm spices, homemade pumpkin butter, bourbon, and ginger syrup (which you can swap out for cinnamon!)
- 1 cup cool water
- 1 cup brown sugar (200 g)
- 4 cinnamon sticks, 3-inch long*
- Combine water, brown sugar, and cinnamon sticks in a heavy bottomed sauce pot. Set over high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until sugar has dissolved, about 2 minutes.
- Remove from heat. Steep for 15-30 minutes, depending on preferred taste. Strain out cinnamon. Keep cinnamon syrup in an airtight container in the fridge until ready to use.
- Alternatively you may use 1 cup of granulated sugar instead of brown sugar.
- Either light brown or dark brown sugar works.
- Cinnamon syrup will keep in the fridge for two weeks.
- Do not use ground cinnamon. Recipe works BEST with cinnamon sticks. Any size cinnamon stick is fine.