The Liquor Fairy is a wonderful guy. Recently, the good folks who represent Hiram Walker had him deliver a box. Said box contained a bottle of Hiram Walker Original Cinn cinnamon schnapps. They evidently wanted us to really take notice of this sample, as they included quite a selection of related bottles to help us make use of it. Here’s how they put it all together (click to enlarge):
Seven bottles. Seven deadly sins. Kewl.
Original Cinn is a full 90 proof liqueur, so keep that in mind when you play with it. The nose is remarkably nice. Now, I ordinarily avoid most commercial products that claim the mantle of cinnamon, chiefly because they all sort of taste like Big Red. And I hate Big Red. But true to their word, Original Cinn manages to avoid that chemical burn sensation that may trigger the same taste buds as cinnamon, but doesn’t fool them.
It’s a schnapps, so it will smack you in the face unless you chill it and/or mix it, but it doesn’t taste like a product of International Flavors and Fragrances. What you have is a nice naturally flavored cinnamon liqueur with noticeable vanilla overtones that you can do some interesting things with.
Now this all still leaves me with the issue of what to do with the stuff. The other bottles they sent along were selected to be the kind of things that should go well with Original Cinn, so I played with most of them. I also found that with relatively little difficulty, you can find many happy homes for Original Cinn in Tiki drinks, such as my favorite Jet Pilot. Simply try use it in place of cinnamon syrup, extracts, or shavings, adjusting amounts to suit you.
In the end, the drink I offer uses none of the bottles, of even classifications, sent along as suggestions. I’m a pain that way. Still, I actually rather like this little drink. It is clean and a little sweet and pleasantly spicy. I suggest you give it a try as an after dinner cocktail (not a dessert drink), though I’ve been drinking it as starter as well.
- 3 parts gin
- 1 part fresh lime juice
- 1 part Original Cinn
- 1/3 part simple syrup
Combine ingredients with ice and shake gently. Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with lightly bruised lemon verbena sprig impaled on a homemade brandied cherry.
The garnish is mostly for fun, though the verbena adds a nice hint of herbality to balance the spice. The cherry is just a good way to anchor a sprig in a cocktail glass with no ice.
Original Cinn is an affordable bottle with lots of avenues to play with. It’s thus an easy way to expand your tool kit and if you run across it, give it a try!
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