Cinnamon Margarita

This dramatic (and delicious) cinnamon tequila couldn't be easier to make!
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cinnamon margarita with lime and cinnamon stick next to cracker

Recipe by Kristen Hartke

This article originally appeared in our Holiday 2020 issue. Get the magazine here.

Start to Finish: 15 minutes (plus cooling)

Servings: Makes 1

Ingredients

Cinnamon Tequila

  • 3 whole cinnamon sticks
  • 750-ml bottle silver tequila

Ginger Simple Syrup

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 4 one-inch chunks fresh unpeeled ginger

Margarita

  • Ice
  • 2 oz. cinnamon tequila (recipe above)
  • 1 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 oz. ginger simple syrup (recipe above)
  • 1/4 oz. triple sec
  • 2 oz. chilled club soda
  • Flaky salt (optional)
  • Lime wheel, for garnish
  • Cinnamon stick, for garnish

Preparation

1. For the cinnamon tequila, put the cinnamon sticks in the bottle of tequila. Let it sit in a cool, dark place for at least 3 days.

2. For the simple syrup, in a small saucepan, bring the sugar, ginger, and 3/4 cup water to a low boil over medium heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Reduce the heat to low and simmer until syrupy, about 15 minutes. Remove the ginger and let cool completely. (Can be refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.)

3. For 1 drink, fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the tequila, lime juice, simple syrup, and triple sec. Shake well and strain into a glass filled with ice. Top with club soda and a pinch of flaky salt, if using. Garnish with the lime wheel and cinnamon stick.