This Cinnamon Simple Syrup recipe is perfect for sweetening coffee, cocktails, mocktails, and virtually any drink you want. It is flavorful, easy to make, and only 3 ingredients- water, sugar, and cinnamon sticks.
Best part, this recipe can be made SUGAR FREE and it is great for celebrating the holidays!
Christmas just wouldn’t be the same without a bottle of Cinnamon Syrup in my refrigerator. I use it in everything from my morning cold brew to evening mocktails for celebrating.
It is the first simple syrup I make once the holidays roll around. And it tastes especially delicious in this Chai Tea Latte or my Espresso Martini Mocktail and Non Alcoholic Mulled Wine. You will also love how …
- It is PACKED with cinnamon flavor- Cinnamon sticks give the BEST cinnamon flavor in my opinion. The syrup has a very distinct yet subtle cinnamon flavor without being pungent.
- Only 3 pantry ingredients needed- water, sugar or sugar free allulose sweetener, and cinnamon sticks.
- Cheaper than store bought syrups- This recipe costs about $1 to make and it will last you all month long.
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Cinnamon Simple Syrup Ingredients
This super flavorful syrup is only 3 ingredients, with no harmful additives and preservatives. Keep reading for additional notes and potential substitutions, including making it sugar free.
- Water: No explanation needed here, use any water.
- Sugar: Granulated or cane sugar is best in this recipe. You can use other types of sugar like brown sugar or coconut sugar but it may alter the flavor and strength of the cinnamon.
- For sugar free cinnamon syrup I recommend allulose for the best result and flavor (directions below).
- Cinnamon Sticks: For the best, natural cinnamon flavor, I always use cinnamon sticks. Just be sure you are using ones that are food grade. They can be found in the baking aisle at your grocery store or online.
How to Make Homemade Cinnamon Simple Syrup
Below is a quick overview of the steps, the recipe card below will have all the information you need.
- ADD the water, sugar or sugar free allulose sweetener, and cinnamon sticks to a small saucepan.
- HEAT until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture comes to a boil.
- REDUCE heat to medium- low and allow to simmer.
- REMOVE from heat and cover the saucepan with it’s lid.
- COOL to room temperature (this allows it to build even more flavor as it steeps, don’t skip this step).
- STORE in an airtight container and refrigerate.
Make It Sugar Free
Sugar Free Cinnamon Syrup is SO EASY! Just follow this recipe as it is written, the only difference is the sugar.
Substitute the 1 cup (200g) of granulated sugar or 1.5 (300g) cups of allulose (my favorite). You need more sugar free sugar than normal sugar due to the density and depth of flavor in it.
Servings and Storing Information
This recipes makes 1.5 cups (354ml) of cinnamon simple syrup which is good for 18 to 24 drinks (1.5 tablespoons per drink).
Cinnamon Syrup needs to be stored in the refrigerator and in an airtight container or jar (or it can mold because of the lack of preservatives). If stored properly, it will keep for up to one month.
I also like to freeze simple syrup to add to warm drinks, coffee, and tea. They melt, sweeten, and cool your drink all at the same time! All you have to do is pour the syrup into an ice cube tray and freeze. Pop the frozen syrup cubes into a gallon bag for up to six months.
Ways To Use Cinnamon Simple Syrup
The best part about cinnamon is it goes great in a lot of different things (especially holiday and winter related recipes). It also goes well with a lot of different flavors. Here are a few suggestions and ways I like to use it:
- to sweeten coffee, lattes, cold brew, and teas
- pour it over ice cream or Greek yogurt
- in mocktails or cocktails
- to make cinnamon whipped cream
- to soak cakes or quick breads.
- make it part of a holiday gift basket (just add a cute label and bow)
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
My rule of thumb is 1 to 2 tablespoons of syrup for every 8 ounces (236ml) in a drink. Definitely test the level of sweetness and cinnamon strength, add more cinnamon syrup if needed.
I do not recommend using ground cinnamon or ground spices in syrup for three reasons. One, the flavor tends to be bland. Two, cinnamon is hydrophobic meaning it does not combine with liquids well. Three, the ground cinnamon will not strain from the syrup leaving some granules behind.
Yes! The best way to tell if your syrup has gone bad is the clarity and presence of mold. Simple Syrup that has gone bad will be cloudy or have cloudy clumps in it. There may also be mold spores growing where the top surface of the syrup meets the container.
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Cinnamon Simple Syrup
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup granulated sugar - or 1.5 cups (300g) sugar free allulose sweetener
- 2 cinnamon sticks - or 4 small ones
- To a small saucepan add water, sugar (or sugar free allulose sweetener), and cinnamon sticks.
- Over medium heat allow the sugar to dissolve while bringing the mixture to a boil.
- Once it begins to boil, reduce the heat to low, and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Remove syrup from the heat and cover the saucepan with it's lid. Allow it to come to room temperature and steep even more.
- Pour the Cinnamon Syrup into an airtight bottle, jar, or container and store in the refrigerator.
- In the refrigerator, in an airtight container, for up to one month.
- In the freezer, frozen in cubes and in a resealable bag, for up to six months.
How Much To Use:
- 1 to 2 tablespoons per 8 ounces (236ml) of liquid.
Sugar Free Cinnamon Syrup:
- Follow the recipe as it is written (for the type of vanilla you plan to use). Substitute the 1 cup (200g) of granulated sugar or 1.5 cups (300g) of allulose sweetener.
How to Make Rich Cinnamon Syrup
- Instead of using 1 cup (200g) of granulated sugar or 1.5 cups (300g) of allulose sweetener, you will want to use half the amount (1/2 cup/ 100g sugar or 3/4 cups/ 150g stevia).
Metric conversions are calculated automatically. I cannot guarantee the accuracy of this information.