How To Make Cinnamon Whiskey: Explained (2023 Updated)

Last Updated on April 15, 2023 by Lydia Martin

Cinnamon whiskey is a popular frat party staple. We like how it’s sweet and spicy hot at the same time.

But did you know you can also make your own cinnamon whiskey at home? 

Don’t waste any of your precious time and try this easy-to-make drink that tastes delicious paired with food or just itself.

Without further ado, here’s how to make cinnamon whiskey. 

6 Ways To Make Cinnamon Whiskey (Easy Steps) 

1. Gather Your Ingredients

ingredients in making  cinnamon whisky

What’s good about crafting your own cinnamon whiskey is that you have the full power of the ingredients, especially the additives. 

You’d agree that many cinnamon-infused spirits in liquor stores are packed with additives, and you can’t trust the ingredients. 

To start, you need to prepare your ingredients so mixing can be seamless later. 

The ingredients you’ll need include:

  • 3 oz. simple syrup
  • 750ml (1) bottle of whiskey
  • Six red dried chile peppers or red hot cinnamon candies (optional)
  • Eight strongly-scented cinnamon sticks (or a handful)

Friendly Reminder: You don’t have to go all out looking for an expensive whiskey. Know that the flavors of the cinnamon will conceal the whiskey’s complexities, so it’s fine to use any whiskey you have around. 

2. Pour In Your Whiskey 

pouring whisky on a mason jar

After the ingredients are all set, carefully pour your chosen whiskey into a big container. 

Ensure the container has a lid so you won’t have problems mixing the liquid later on or for storage. 

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3. Add In Cinnamon Sticks and Simple Syrup

putting cinnamon stick  on a mason jar with whisky

Next, you’ll need to add the simple syrup and cinnamon sticks. But we suggest wrapping the sticks on a cheesecloth, creating a tea-bag-like thing. 

This makes it more straightforward for you to remove the sticks later on. But if you want to remove the sticks one by one, you can drop the sticks as is. After that, put them into the container to steep. 

4. Seal It Tight and Shake It Daily 

homemade cinnamon whisky on a mason jar

Put the lid on to seal the large container tightly. Shake the mixture thoroughly and let it sit for about five days. But make sure to stir the mixture daily within those days. 

5. (Optional) Add In Dried Chile Pepper 

dried chili pepper on a wooden board

After five days, if you like your flavored whiskey with some hint of spiciness, then add the dried chile peppers. Then, let the mixture sit for three to four more days.

We suggest doing a taste test every day to check the flavor’s intensity.

6. Strain and Rebottle 

transferring homemade cinnamon whisky on a bottle

Once you get your preferred cinnamon-infused whiskey flavor, filter it and transfer it into a new bottle or container. 

If you’re not going to consume it right away, ensure the bottle or container is tightly sealed for storage.  

How To Drink It

If you like the bold and sweet flavor of the cinnamon whiskey, then have it in your shot glasses, or savor the spicy tasting notes as you sip it straight or neat. 

But if straight shots are too intense for you, you may want to drink it with apple cider alongside honey and fruits, making it a mixed cocktail. 

Aside from that, this whiskey recipe tastes delicious well with a doze of whipped cream or hot coffee.

“Whiskey, like a beautiful woman, demands appreciation. You gaze first, then it’s time to drink.”

— Haruki Murakami, Best-Selling Japanese Author

Additionally, this cinnamon-infused whiskey can spice up your favorite Old-Fashioned and adds warmth to a Whiskey Sour. 

But whichever you prefer, there’s no good or bad idea. As long as you enjoy the drink, that alone is enough. 

Tip: RumChata [1] and cinnamon-infused spirits, when combined, imitate a popular cereal. You can try this mix for a new experience.  


Does cinnamon whiskey have sugar?

Cinnamon whiskey usually contains sugar, especially when bought in-store. But since you can make this spirit at home, you can control the amount of sugar in it.  

Will cinnamon whiskey get you drunk?

Yes. Cinnamon whiskey can get you drunk. Anything with alcohol can get you drunk, especially when consumed in large amounts. 

In Summary 

Crafting an excellent whiskey infusion starts with a rocket-fuel-like quality whiskey.

But you dont have to opt for fancy spirits as there are affordable ones with decent qualities. 

If you’re still getting used to the lingering burn of whiskeys, try this cinnamon-infused whiskey at home.  

In just six easy steps, you can have your own spirit to grab in every moment– every single day. And remember – this pure-form recipe is nice in cocktails or for sipping alone. 



Lydia Martin

Lydia Martin hails from Redmond, Washington, where you’ll find some of the best cocktail bars and distilleries that offer a great mix of local drinks. She used to work as a bar manager in Paris and is a self-taught mixologist whose passion for crafting unique cocktails led her to create Liquor Laboratory. Lydia can whip up a mean Margarita in seconds! Contact at [email protected] or learn more about us here.

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