Cinnamon Roll Cocktail Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Cinnamon Roll Cocktail is a relatively recent creation, inspired by the classic American pastry. It's a hit among those who enjoy dessert cocktails and has a particular appeal during the colder months or holiday season.

  • Origins: While the exact origin is unclear, it's a product of the craft cocktail movement.
  • Popularity: It gained traction through social media and cocktail blogs.
  • Fans: It's especially popular with those who have a sweet tooth and enjoy indulgent, dessert-like drinks.

How Cinnamon Roll Cocktail Tastes?

The Cinnamon Roll Cocktail is a sweet, creamy concoction with a warm cinnamon spice that lingers on the palate. It's rich and velvety, with a delightful balance between the sweetness of the liqueurs and the boldness of the cinnamon.

Interesting facts about Cinnamon Roll Cocktail

  • The Cinnamon Roll Cocktail often uses cinnamon schnapps or cinnamon whiskey to achieve its signature flavor.
  • It's sometimes served with a cinnamon stick or a sugar rim to enhance the cinnamon roll experience.
  • This cocktail can be enjoyed both hot and cold, making it versatile for different seasons.


A few good options for Cinnamon Roll Cocktail are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

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Cinnamon Liqueur

Used for its warm, spicy flavor that perfectly mimics the taste of a cinnamon roll. If you add too much, the drink can become overpoweringly spicy; too little, and you'll miss that signature zing. Alternatives: You could use cinnamon whiskey for a boozy kick, but it might overwhelm the sweet creaminess.

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Irish Cream Liqueur

This brings in a creamy richness and a hint of chocolate and vanilla notes—a cozy blanket of flavor. Using more could make the cocktail too heavy; too little, and it loses its lush mouthfeel. Substitution: If desired, try a non-dairy cream liqueur to cater to dietary restrictions, though the flavor profile may shift slightly.

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Vanilla Vodka

Brings a subtle sweetness and reinforces the vanilla flavor, like the icing on your cinnamon roll. Overdoing it can lead to an unbalanced alcohol kick, while not using enough might make the vanilla notes too timid. Alternative: Vanilla extract could be used in a pinch, but adjust for its potency—it's not for sipping!

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This thickens the drink, providing a smooth texture akin to the rich center of a cinnamon roll. Too much and your cocktail becomes a cream soup; too little, and the drink feels thin. Alternative: Full cream for more decadence, or milk for a lighter version, but the mouthfeel will undoubtedly change.

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Cinnamon Syrup

This sweetens the cocktail while amplifying the cinnamon flavor. Get carried away here, and you're in a sticky situation of too much sweetness; skimp, and the drink lacks depth. Alternative: Maple syrup could add an autumnal twist but tread carefully—it's a bold flavor.

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Ground Cinnamon

The garnish that ties it all together, it's like that little extra sprinkle on top of a fresh cinnamon roll. Without it, you miss out on the aroma and the full sensory experience. No real substitute here—this is your flavor exclamation point!

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Recipe. How to make Cinnamon Roll Cocktail Drink

  1. Combine Ingredients: In a shaker, combine 1.5 oz cinnamon liqueur, 1 oz Irish cream liqueur, 0.5 oz vanilla vodka, 1 oz half-and-half, and 0.5 oz cinnamon syrup.
  2. Shake: Fill the shaker with ice and shake vigorously until well-chilled.
  3. Garnish: Rim a chilled glass with cinnamon sugar, strain the mixture into the glass.
  4. Serve: Top with a pinch of ground cinnamon and serve immediately.

Pro Tips

  • Chill Your Glass: A chilled glass will keep your cocktail colder for longer and enhance the experience.
  • Cinnamon Sugar Rim: For an extra touch of sweetness and spice, rim your glass with a mixture of cinnamon and sugar.
  • Freshly Ground Cinnamon: Use freshly ground cinnamon for the garnish to get the most vibrant flavor.

Perfect Pairings


  • Caramelized Apple Tart: The sweet and spicy notes of the cocktail blend perfectly with the caramel and apple flavors.
  • Vanilla Ice Cream: Simple vanilla ice cream will complement the vanilla essence of the drink, creating a creamsicle effect.
  • Pumpkin Pie: A classic fall dessert that would harmonize with the cinnamon spice of the cocktail.


  • Espresso: The strong and slightly bitter notes of an espresso can balance out the sweetness of the cocktail.
  • Cinnamon Coffee: Adding an extra cinnamon kick to both the drink and your coffee can be a delightful pairing for those who love the spice.

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What you could change in Cinnamon Roll Cocktail

  • Cinnamon Schnapps: If you don't have cinnamon liqueur, cinnamon schnapps can be a good substitute.
  • Dairy-Free Cream: For a vegan option, use coconut cream or almond milk instead of half-and-half.
  • Regular Vodka: If vanilla vodka is not available, you can use regular vodka and a splash of vanilla extract.

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Cinnamon Roll Coffee Cocktail

  • Substitute half-and-half with coffee: This will add a caffeinated kick and a new depth of flavor.
  • Prepare: Mix as usual, but top with freshly brewed hot coffee instead of half-and-half.
  • Serve: In a mug for a warming experience.
  • By adding coffee, we invite a slightly bitter note that can help cut the sweetness and make for a more complex beverage.

Spiced Cinnamon Roll Cocktail

  • Add a spiced rum: It will give a tropical twist and some extra warmth.
  • Prepare: Use 0.5 oz less cinnamon liqueur and add 0.5 oz of spiced rum.
  • Shake and serve: As usual, with an optional cinnamon stick for garnish.
  • The spiced rum will bring notes of vanilla, caramel, and sometimes nutmeg or allspice, enhancing the depth of the cocktail.

Apple Cinnamon Delight Cocktail

  • Mix in apple cider: Creates a fruity version of the original recipe.
  • Prepare: Use equal parts cinnamon liqueur and apple cider; skip the cinnamon syrup as the cider brings its own sweetness.
  • Serve: Chilled in a cinnamon sugar-rimmed glass for that extra sparkle.
  • The apple cider lends a tart freshness that balances the spices, making it a perfect fall cocktail option.

In case you forgot basics how to make Cinnamon Roll Cocktail

Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Cinnamon Roll Cocktail

Can the Cinnamon Roll Cocktail be made in large batches for parties?

Yes, it can be scaled up for large batches. Just multiply the ingredients by the number of servings you need, mix everything in a large pitcher or bowl, and chill until ready to serve. Just remember to add the ground cinnamon garnish to each glass when serving.

What are some common allergens to be aware of in this cocktail?

Possible allergens include dairy from the Irish cream and half-and-half, as well as gluten which may be present in some brands of flavored liquors and syrups. Always check the labels if you're serving guests with allergies.

Is there a non-alcoholic version of the Cinnamon Roll Cocktail?

Yes, a mocktail version can be made by substituting the alcoholic ingredients with non-alcoholic cinnamon and vanilla syrups and using a cream substitute like oat or almond milk for the Irish cream.

How do I achieve the perfect cinnamon sugar rim on my cocktail glass?

Dip the rim of the glass in a shallow plate of simple syrup or water, then dip it into a plate of mixed cinnamon and sugar, rotating gently to ensure an even coat.

Can I store leftover Cinnamon Roll Cocktail in the fridge?

It's best served fresh due to the cream content, but if needed, you can store it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 24 hours. Make sure to give it a good stir or shake before serving again.

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