Cinnamon and Honey Scotch Sour
Cinnamon and Honey Scotch Sour. Matt Taylor-Gross
Cinnamon and Honey Scotch Sour
Cinnamon and Honey Scotch Sour Matt Taylor-Gross

Cinnamon and honey are always friends, and a cinnamon-honey syrup has endless uses—sweeten your tea with it, pour it over ice cream, or drizzle on your oatmeal. In a cocktail context? Try it in a Scotch sour, where smoky blended Scotch and lemon make for a refreshing drink with the warmth of cinnamon and slight floral note of honey coming through. Once you’ve made the cinnamon honey, it’s just a three-ingredient drink, but tastes far more complex.

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Cinnamon-Honey Scotch Sour Cocktail Cinnamon-Honey Scotch Sour Cocktail
Smoky blended Scotch gets softened by an easy cinnamon-honey syrup and brightened with lemon juice for a simple riff on a classic cocktail.
Yield: makes 1 Cocktail

For the Cinnamon-Honey Syrup

  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 cup honey

For the Cocktail

  • 2 oz. blended Scotch
  • 1 oz. fresh lemon juice
  • 34 oz. cinnamon-honey syrup


  1. Make the syrup: In a small saucepan, bring 1 cup of water to a boil with the cinnamon sticks. Remove from heat and let sit for 10 minutes. Stir in honey and refrigerate overnight. The next day, discard the cinnamon sticks.
  2. Make the cocktail: Combine Scotch, lemon juice, and syrup in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously into a rocks glass filled with ice.