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Before I found this wonderful hobby I was a big fan of Hot Damn. It wasn't until I started this hobby that I realised. That is some nasty crap.
So I set out to make a Cinnamon Schnapps or maybe more properly a Cinnamon Liqueur. I searched here and there for a recipe. Didn't find anything I really liked or was impressed with. Dnderhead suggested to someone else in another thread to use candy. Tried it. It turned out pretty close to Hot Damn. But was not what I was looking for. And the bottle still sits in the likker closet. I think it mite make a nice Christmas present for someone. So anyway I did some experimenting and came up with a recipe that is the best flavored drink I have made thus far. And I really enjoy it. So here it is.
Mr P's Hot Cinnamon Schnapps (fire piss). I started out with a quart jar and placed six cinnamon sticks in it. Yes I said 6. I filled it with 95% neutral. I then let it sit for a month. I am using cinnamon sticks I find in the Mexican food section at the grocery store. 4 sticks for .99 cents. They are about 4" long don't look as pretty as the expensive ones. But they have turned out to work great for this. WARNING: the contents of this jar is very hot undiluted. Use with caution. Avoid contact with eyes skin and private parts.
I make a simple sugar syrup by adding enough sugar to 2 cups water to make 4 cups of syrup. I just heat it in the microwave. But the stove top will work. I make extra and keep some on hand for testing other things. 4 cups is more then needed.
I then take off 300 ml of the hot stuff on the sticks and put it in another quart jar. To this quart jar add 500 ml of the sugar syrup. To make 800 ml. This comes out around 35% ABV. It's best between 30% and 40%. 40% being a little harsh on the alcohol when you first start doing it. But I have found the longer I go with this the smoother it gets. So I have increased the ABV a little every time.
Then I top the cinnamon stick jar back up with 95%. I have made 3 batches so far. 2 to 4 weeks apart. 4 weeks being the first batch. With no need to add more sticks yet. Will add sticks as the flavor falls. Put it back up on the shelf for the next batch. Or other uses. See below.
If its to hot cut it with a little more neutral. Before adding the sugar syrup. I happen to think its just right. My wife even likes it. And she hates Hot Damn. The friend I have shared this with loves it. And won't stop bothering me for a jar.
Other uses for cinnamon soaked neutral. I have added a little to both my Apple and my peach following the panty dropper recipe. I added some to my marichino cherries I soak in 50% neutral gives them all a nice little kick.
So there it is. Give it a try and let me know what you think.