- article by Stephanie Jerzy
So much of what we enjoy eating and drinking is based off of seasonality. How does the weather make us feel? What fruits and vegetables are in season? These are just a few of the questions that I think we all ask ourselves as we move through the calendar year. More often than not, this plays into the foods we are eating. Following in its culinary footsteps, the cocktail world is seeing a dramatic shift towards this mindset as we now incorporate the freshest juices and ingredients into the cocktails we serve and enjoy.
Never is this cycle more apparent than in my northeastern corner of the states, where the coming weeks are bringing a symphony of color to the trees, a decreasing amount of daylight, and a 'crispness' to the morning air which will soon require a heavier jacket and - my favorite - boots!
Furthermore, Fall in New England easily translates to apple cider, cranberries and squash, pumpkin pie, and fireside sippers like spiked coffee and whisk(e)y on the rocks. Fitting seamlessly into this seasonal category is Hiram Walker's newest product, Original Cinn. Although it can be enjoyed year-round, the new cinnamon schnapps makes for a wonderful addition to your bar collection in the fall and winter months. Original Cinn packs a 90-proof punch with an aroma of sweet, freshly baked cinnamon buns, but skips the burn associated with many hot cinnamon schnapps in the marketplace. Rather, the finish is warm and spicy, with a refreshing touch of vanilla. Like all 45 Hiram Walker flavors, Original Cinn is made with all-natural flavors - the same as the brand has done it since its establishment in 1858.
With all these delectable characteristics, Original Cinn can be employed in a multitude of recipes: the product is versatile for shots, cocktails, warm ciders, and even desserts (trust me, it's cinnful atop vanilla ice cream and I can only dream of what it does for an apple crisp...). Here are some simple recipes to familiarize yourself with the product and I will of course share more with you in the Bar None Drinks Recipe eXchange Forum - just look for posts from me as "straightupspirtis".
Shake and strain into a sugar-rimmed martini glass.
Naughty N' Ice
Chill, serve up in a shot glass.
Build over ice. Pour into a highball glass and garnish with a lime wedge. Cheers to fun in Cinn this Fall!