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Bless me Father, for I have “Cinn”ed

November 3, 2010

Those words could start, and end a priest’s career if ever I was to step into a Confessional.  We would be there a long time needless to say as I told my story of Gluttony, Pride, Envy, Sloth, Greed, Wrath and Lust that I call my life.  As a bartender, temptation is always knocking at the door, lurking in the shadows, or all too often sitting at Seat 4.  So when invited by the ugly head of indulgence to participate in acts of fault, fancy, and seduction, one must tread lightly, cautiously, and well………… have  a drink.

A drink of what you ask?  A drink of that holds one mind and body to the straight and narrow.  A libation of such delight that your mind, body and soul are transubstantiated  to a realm beyond worldly concerns and cravings.  Say a drink of Original Cinn!

I am not a fan of schnapps in general as they lend to being over sweet, and artificial in flavor.  Tippled as a straight shot is not bad, assuming you can a quality product, but all too frequently schnapps are used in over sweet, unimaginative shooters designed to do two things:  get you drunk and laid (see above).  But let’s not focus here, but look at a little quality mixology.

Original Cinn developed by Hiram Walker is a 90 proof schnapps that uses all natural cinnamon rather than processed cinnamon extracts.  The color is hay to light gold, with a not so prominent nose of it’s high alcohol status.  Tasting is a delight with the spice of cinnamon balanced with a sweet aftertaste that lingers gently with being overpowering.  Finally, a schnapps worth using as an accent in drinks or even in cooking (but I’ll leave that to another blog to do).

Original Cinn  is great alone or will substitute into an exisiting libations that call for cinnamon schnapps and bring the quality of that drink to a new level.   Other ideas for use is to add a touch to your favorite Hot Cider recipe, mix it in with a little hot black tea, or slip a sip into your coffee with some fresh whipped cream.  Here are some other for you as well.


The CINN-ful Celt

  • 1 1/2 oz Jameson Irish whiskey
  • 3/4 oz Original Cinn
  • 1/2 oz Lemon Juice
  •  2 Dashes Baked Apple Bitters

combine all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice and shake.  Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with an apple fan.

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