Apple Cinnamon Syrup

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About This Syrup

Why not skip dessert and opt for the cocktail version of apple pie instead this holiday season? Although most often paired in baked goods this time of year, apple and cinnamon are a fabulous flavor combination in drinks.

I made this simple syrup for the first time to use in the Apple Pie Gimlet, an original cocktail of ours that was inspired by a similar recipe from Gin O’Clock: A Year of Ginspiration by Craft Cocktail Club. The book included the author’s apple cinnamon syrup recipe made by blending the two together, but I prefer to make our syrups using the sous vide method when I can, so I landed on this version after some experimenting. It has delicious apple pie flavors and a texture that is great for using in cocktails. Keep reading for instructions and recommended tools to make it at home!

Syrup Ingredients

To make this simple syrup, you’ll need the following ingredients, all of which should be available at your local grocery store when in season:

Sugar: All simple syrups are essentially made with sugar and liquid and then dressed up with other ingredients. For this one, I used white sugar because the apple cider was sweet enough, but you could also try brown sugar for an even more autumnal flavor.

Apple Cider: This gives the syrup all of its apple flavor and makes it liquid since water is omitted. I prefer to use the real seasonal apple cider, not the bottled stuff you find year-round, because I think the latter tastes too processed.

Cinnamon Sticks: This adds more spice to the apple cider. I use the sticks from the baking section.

How to Make This Syrup

When making syrups like this one, most recipes will likely tell you to make them on the stovetop or in a blender, but as I said earlier, I actually prefer to prepare ours using the sous vide method, which was first introduced to me when reading Death & Co: Modern Classic Cocktails. I’ve found that syrups made in a saucepan are often too thick and sticky to use in cocktails, so I now use an immersion circulator instead. It does take quite a bit longer to make syrups this way, but the vast improvement in taste and texture that method lends makes it 100% worth the extra time.

To make your syrup using the sous vide method, you’ll first need to buy a few tools, including an immersion circulator, a large pot, large freezer bags, a fine mesh strainer, and storage pouches with pouring spouts. Once you have those, you’ll be able to make your syrup exactly the same way I did by following our recipe, which will yield about sixteen ounces you can then immediately use in cocktails or freeze for later.

Other Uses for This Syrup:
• Add it to your favorite tea
• Pour it on French toast, pancakes, waffles, or crêpes instead of maple syrup
• Serve it as a tasty topping on ice cream or dessert
• Package it in small bottles as gifts for loved ones around the holidays

Recipe

AuthorSips From ScriptsPrep Time2 hrs 15 minsRating

Ingredients
 200 g White Sugar
 200 ml Apple Cider
 2 Cinnamon Sticks

Method
1

Fill a large pot with water, place immersion circulator inside, and set to 135°F.

2

Add sugar to a blender.

3

Slowly pour in apple cider while blending until sugar is dissolved.

4

Add apple cider mixture and cinnamon sticks to a sealable plastic bag and stir to mix.

5

Once water has preheated, seal the bag and place it in the water while leaving the top exposed to air, then let cook for 2 hours.

6

Once cooked, place bag into an ice bath to shock the solution, then let cool.

7

Strain syrup through a fine mesh filter 1-2 times and transfer into container.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 200 g White Sugar
 200 ml Apple Cider
 2 Cinnamon Sticks

Directions

Method
1

Fill a large pot with water, place immersion circulator inside, and set to 135°F.

2

Add sugar to a blender.

3

Slowly pour in apple cider while blending until sugar is dissolved.

4

Add apple cider mixture and cinnamon sticks to a sealable plastic bag and stir to mix.

5

Once water has preheated, seal the bag and place it in the water while leaving the top exposed to air, then let cook for 2 hours.

6

Once cooked, place bag into an ice bath to shock the solution, then let cool.

7

Strain syrup through a fine mesh filter 1-2 times and transfer into container.

Apple Cinnamon Syrup

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More Simple Syrup Recipes

If you like this simple syrup, here are a few others we make and use in our cocktails that you may enjoy:

Gingerbread Syrup
• Pumpkin Spice Syrup
• Salted Sage Syrup
• Cranberry Syrup

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