In my previous post, as part of the Two Little Chefettes’ Cooking Challenge, I published a recipe for Brown Sugar Cinnamon Syrup. One way to use this syrup is in cocktails and mocktails in place of plain simple syrup. Brown Sugar Cinnamon Syrup imparts rich cinnamon and caramel flavors to drinks. The Happy Reindeer Daiquiri is an excellent example. Cheers! Happy Holidays!
Happy Reindeer Daiquiri
2 oz. rum (or apple juice, for an alcohol-free drink)
1 oz fresh lime juice
1/2 – 1 oz. brown sugar cinnamon syrup, or to taste (recipe)
Pour rum, lime juice, and brown sugar cinnamon syrup into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well. Strain into a coupe or martini style cocktail glass. Garnish with Maraschino cherry and cinnamon stick. Serve immediately.
The ingredient for this month’s Two Little Chefettes‘ Cooking Challenge is cinnamon. For the challenge, I made Brown Sugar Cinnamon Syrup because it can be used to add rich cinnamon and caramel flavor to so many dishes. Pour over French toast, pancakes or waffles. Use to glaze coffee cakes, muffins, scones or brownies. Add to coffee, cocoa or tea. Drizzle over apple pie with ice cream. Use in place of simple syrup in cocktails and mocktails. There are so many ways to enjoy Brown Sugar Cinnamon Syrup!
Brown Sugar Cinnamon Syrup
1 c. packed brown sugar
1 c. granulated white sugar
2 c. water
12 inches of cinnamon bark (e.g. 3 four-inch long cinnamon sticks)
Place ingredients in a 2 qt. non-stick saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the syrup comes to a simmer and sugars are completely dissolved. Reduce heat to low and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 15 more minutes. Remove from heat. Allow to cool. Transfer to a glass jar, cover, and refrigerate overnight. Remove the cinnamon sticks. (If there is any chance that there are splinters of the cinnamon bark in your syrup, strain the syrup into a clean glass container.) Cover and store in the refrigerator.
Note on color: the syrup looks quite dark – like dark maple syrup – when it is in a container, but looks considerably bit lighter when it is poured.