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Spice Up Your Winter with Fiery Cinnamon Cocktails: 3 Recipes to Warm Your Soul

As the winter chill sets in, our cravings shift from light, refreshing drinks to something a little more…spirited. Enter the glorious world of cinnamon cocktails, where fiery spice meets boozy warmth to create concoctions that tantalize the taste buds and ignite the senses.

Forget basic hot toddies! We’re taking cinnamon to the next level with three unique recipes that showcase its versatility and depth of flavor. Whether you prefer a smoky mezcal kick, a citrusy gin twist, or a classic rum-infused comfort, there’s a cinnamon cocktail here to set your winter nights ablaze.

1. Smoky Cinnamon Apple Pie Martini:

Imagine the warm embrace of your grandmother’s apple pie, infused with a touch of smoky mezcal magic. This martini is a revelation, balancing the sweetness of apple cider with the fiery bite of cinnamon liqueur and the complex earthiness of mezcal.


  • 2 oz. mezcal
  • 1 oz. apple cider
  • 1/2 oz. cinnamon liqueur
  • 1/2 oz. lemon juice
  • Garnish: Apple slice with cinnamon stick


  1. Combine all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice.
  2. Shake well and strain into a chilled martini glass.
  3. Garnish with an apple slice speared through with a cinnamon stick.

2. Ruby Red Grapefruit Margarita with Cinnamon Salt:

This vibrant margarita celebrates the tangy sweetness of grapefruit, married with the fiery warmth of cinnamon and the kick of tequila. The homemade cinnamon salt adds a textural and flavor dimension that will have you reaching for another glass.


  • 2 oz. tequila
  • 1 oz. ruby red grapefruit juice
  • 1/2 oz. lime juice
  • 1/2 oz. orange liqueur
  • Cinnamon salt rim (see instructions below)
  • Garnish: Grapefruit wedge and cinnamon stick

For the cinnamon salt:

  • 1/2 cup coarse sea salt
  • 1 tbsp. ground cinnamon


  1. Combine salt and cinnamon in a small bowl.
  2. Rub the rim of a margarita glass with a lime wedge and dip it in the cinnamon salt mixture to coat.
  3. Combine tequila, grapefruit juice, lime juice, and orange liqueur in a shaker filled with ice.
  4. Shake well and strain into the prepared glass.
  5. Garnish with a grapefruit wedge and cinnamon stick.

3. Spiced Pear & Ginger Hot Toddy:

This non-alcoholic option proves that cinnamon cocktails can be just as satisfying without the booze. This comforting hot todddy combines the sweetness of pear juice with the zingy bite of ginger and the warm embrace of cinnamon, creating a soothing drink that’s perfect for cozy nights by the fire.


  • 12 oz. pear juice
  • 1 inch fresh ginger, thinly sliced
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • Honey or agave syrup to taste (optional)
  • Garnish: Pear slice with cinnamon stick


  1. Combine pear juice, ginger, cinnamon sticks, and nutmeg in a saucepan.
  2. Heat over medium heat until steaming, but not boiling.
  3. Strain into mugs and add honey or agave syrup to taste, if desired.
  4. Garnish with a pear slice speared through with a cinnamon stick.

Bonus Tip: Infuse your own spirits with cinnamon for an extra flavor kick! Add a few cinnamon sticks to your favorite vodka, rum, or whiskey and let it sit for a few weeks for a delicious DIY addition to your cocktail repertoire.

With these fiery cinnamon cocktail recipes, you’re sure to banish the winter blues and embrace the season’s cozy charm. So raise a glass, let the flavors dance on your tongue, and savor the warmth of a well-crafted cinnamon cocktail.

Happy sipping!

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