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Spicy Old Fashioned Cinnamon Thyme Cocktail

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You’re about to delve into the world of unique cocktail flavors with the spicy old fashioned cinnamon thyme cocktail. This isn’t your classic old fashioned; it’s a drink with an unusual twist that’s guaranteed to delight your taste buds.

Imagine the warm, spicy kick of cinnamon, the subtle, earthy notes of thyme, and the bold, robust taste of whiskey all mingling in one glass. Intrigued? You should be.

This recipe will guide you step by step, from gathering ingredients to the final pour. Whether you’re a cocktail connoisseur or a daring novice, this drink is sure to impress.


So, roll up your sleeves, make room on your bar cart, and get ready to mix a cocktail that you’ll not only enjoy drinking but also love making. Let’s shake things up and create a spicy old fashioned cinnamon thyme cocktail that’s bound to become your new favorite.

Gathering the Necessary Ingredients

First off, you’ll need to gather your ingredients – imagine a fragrant bunch of fresh thyme, fiery cinnamon sticks, a bottle of your favorite bourbon, sweet simple syrup, and a couple of aromatic bitters. It’s a small shopping list that packs a punch.

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You’ll also need a few more essentials: a cocktail shaker, a strainer, and a glass to serve your creation in. Don’t forget the ice!

Now, the bourbon you choose is crucial. It’s the base of your cocktail, so opt for a quality brand you love. The cinnamon sticks and thyme aren’t just for garnish, they’re the stars of the show, infusing your drink with unforgettable spice and herbaceous notes.

So, get ready to mix up a storm and savor the intoxicating flavors of your spicy old fashioned cinnamon thyme cocktail.

Preparing the Cinnamon-Thyme Syrup

Before we delve into the mixing, let’s whip up our own homemade syrup infused with the aromatic warmth of exotic spices and the subtle earthiness of fresh herbs. Start by bringing a cup of water and a cup of sugar to a simmer in a small saucepan.

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As the sugar dissolves, add a couple of cinnamon sticks and sprigs of fresh thyme. Allow this mixture to simmer for about 10 minutes; the heat’ll coax out the rich, spicy notes of the cinnamon and the savory undertones of the thyme.

Once your syrup’s turned a lovely amber hue, remove it from the heat and let it cool. Strain out the solids, and there you have it – a flavorful, homemade cinnamon-thyme syrup ready to transform your ordinary old fashioned into a spicy cocktail sensation.

Mixing the Components

Now that we’ve got our homemade syrup ready, it’s time to dive into the art of blending these tantalizing flavors together for a truly unforgettable drink.

First, grab a mixing glass. Add a couple of dashes of bitters to kick things up a notch.

Next, pour in one and a half ounces of your favorite bourbon. The smokiness of the bourbon will play nicely with the sweetness of our cinnamon-thyme syrup.

Speaking of which, it’s time to introduce that into the mix. Add one ounce of the syrup and a twist of orange peel for a citrusy burst.

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Stir everything together until well combined. You’re aiming for a delicious harmony of flavors.

Lastly, strain your cocktail into a chilled glass, garnish with a sprig of fresh thyme, and enjoy.

Serving Suggestions

Don’t forget to serve your tantalizing creation in a beautiful, chilled glass to keep it refreshing and at the perfect temperature for your guests to enjoy.

Presentation is just as important as the taste, so consider using an old-fashioned glass to give your cocktail an authentic feel. A slice of fresh orange or a cherry can be added as a garnish, along with a sprig of fresh thyme to enhance the flavors and add a pop of color.

You could also rim the glass with a mixture of sugar and ground cinnamon for an extra kick.

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Offering a side of chilled water, a small bowl of nuts, or a cheese platter can be a nice touch, helping to balance the spiciness of the cocktail and keep your guests satiated.

Enjoying the Unique Flavor Profile

As you savor each sip, you’ll be delighted by the unique flavor profile this spicy old fashioned cinnamon thyme cocktail offers. It’s a symphony of flavors that will dance on your palate.

The fiery warmth of the cinnamon is immediately noticeable, giving an invigorating jolt to your taste buds. As the heat subsides, the earthy, slightly minty undertones of thyme come to the fore, lending a distinct complexity.

You’ll also notice the sweetness of the sugar, which balances out the spiciness and enhances the overall taste. Finally, the sophisticated bitterness of the whiskey completes the flavor medley, providing a robust backbone to this delightful concoction.

Each sip is a journey, and it’s a journey you’ll want to embark on again and again. So relax, enjoy, and let this cocktail tantalize your senses.

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You're about to delve into the world of unique cocktail flavors with the spicy old fashioned cinnamon thyme cocktail. This isn't your classic old fashioned; it's a drink with an unusual twist that's guaranteed to delight your taste buds.


Cinnamon Thyme Syrup:

  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1 Cup Brown sugar
  • 3 Cinnamon sticks
  • 10 Thyme stems
  • 4 Cardamom pods

For the Cocktail

  • ½ oz. Cinnamon Thyme syrup
  • ½ oz. Water
  • 2 dashes Aromatic bitters*
  • 2 oz. Bourbon or Rye whiskey
  • Orange peel and cinnamon stick for garnish optional
  • *If you have cardamom bitters those would be delicious as well


To make the Cinnamon Thyme Simply Syrup:

  • In a small sauce pan, combine the water and brown sugar. Bring to a boil and cook until the sugar is fully dissolved. Remove from the heat, add in the cinnamon, thyme, and cardamom and allow it to steep for 30 minutes. Pour through a small mesh sieve and discard any leftover bits.

To make the Cocktail:

  • Add all of the ingredients (except the garnishes) to a shaker and stir them gently with a spoon. Pour into a rocks glass and garnish with a cinnamon stick and orange peel. Enjoy.


So, you’ve mastered the art of making the spicy old fashioned cinnamon thyme cocktail. It’s not just about the buzz, it’s the thrill of creating something delicious and unique. Enjoy this drink with friends, or have a quiet night in.

Remember, it’s the balance of flavors that makes it stand out. So, take a sip, savor the magic of the spices, and revel in the essence of thyme. Cheers to your newfound cocktail mastery!

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Meet Sue Perera, the culinary aficionado behind our captivating recipe hub. An imaginative and talented young woman, Sue has an unwavering passion for all things food – especially those aromatic wonders, cinnamon and thyme. Her deep-seated love for these two unique spices inspired the birth of this website, but don't be fooled – her culinary repertoire extends far beyond these two ingredients.
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