It’s easy to brew delicious cinnamon coffee
with any coffee maker. Photo courtesy
If you enjoy cinnamon coffee, here’s a recipe from McCormick, that adds real cinnamon to your ground coffee for a far more exciting flavor. (Commercial cinnamon-flavored coffee uses an extract to flavor the beans.)
The coffee is brewed with brown sugar, so no sugar bowl is needed. You can use any coffee maker.
For dessert, you can top the coffee with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon. There are just 36 calories per cup, before the whipped cream.
For a spiked version, add cinnamon liqueur, coffee liqueur or Irish cream liqueur. If you want to avoid the extra sugar, use whiskey (we like bourbon) or tequila.
RECIPE: BREWED CINNAMON COFFEE
Ingredients For 6 One-Cup Servings
3/4 cup ground dark roast coffee, (regular or decaffeinated)
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
6 cups water
Optional garnish: whipped cream and sprinkled cinnamon
Optional: milk or cream
Optional liqueur: 1-2 tablespoons per cup
1. PLACE coffee, sugar and cinnamon in a filter in brew basket of coffee maker (or directly into a French press).
2. PLACE the vanilla in the empty carafe. Add water to coffee maker; brew coffee as usual.
3. POUR into serving cups; add liqueur if desired. Top with whipped cream or serve with milk or cream. Garnish with an optional sprinkle of cinnamon.
There are more brands than there is shelf space to hold them all. And Bols makes both a cinnamon liqueur and a cinnamon schnapps (see the difference below). Some are more elegant, some are brash and sizzling.
Cinnamon liqueur can be added to coffee and tea, sipped on the rocks, drunk as shooters and mixed into cocktails.
Bols Hot Cinnamon Liqueur and Gold Strike Cinnamon Schnapps
De Kuyper “Hot Damn!”
Dramatic and delicious: Goldschläger cinnamon schnaps with gold flakes. Photo courtesy Global Brands.
Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey Liqueur
Fire Water Hot Cinnamon Schnapps
Goldschläger, with flecks of edible gold, the most elegant of the cinnamon liqueurs
Leroux Cinnamon Schnapps
Kahlúa Cinnamon Spice
Tuaca Cinnaster Cinnamon and Vodka Liqueur
CORDIAL, EAU DE VIE, LIQUEUR, SCHNAPPS: THE DIFFERENCE
While many people use these terms interchangeably, and they are all flavored spirits, there are differences that are relevant to the consumer in terms of sweetness and color.
Liqueur (lih-KUR, not lih-CURE) is made by steeping fruits in alcohol after the fruit has been fermented; the result is then distilled. Liqueurs are typically sweeter and more syrupy than schnapps.
Schnapps (shnops) is made by fermenting the fruit, herb or spice along with a base spirit, usually brandy; the product is then distilled. This process creates a stronger, often clear, distilled spirit similar to a lightly flavored vodka. “Schnapps” is German for “snap,” and in this context denotes both a clear brandy distilled from fermented fruits, plus a shot of that spirit. Classic schnapps have no added sugar, and are thus less sweet than liqueur. But note that some manufacturers add sugar to please the palates of American customers.
Eau de vie (oh-duh-vee), French for “water of life,” this is unsweetened fruit brandy—i.e.,schnapps.
Cordial has a different meaning in the U.S. than in the U.K., where it is a non-alcoholic, sweet, syrupy drink. In the U.S, a cordial is a sweet, syrupy, alcoholic beverage: liqueur.
In sum: If you want a less sweet, clear spirit, choose schnapps/eau de vie over liqueur. For something sweet and syrupy, go for liqueur/cordial.