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The Fireball Effect: 12 Cocktails that Show Cinnamon is Trending

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It is possible that the last time you may have had our dear friend Jagermeister was in the dark recesses of a dive bar or college basement party. It is also very possible that those memories are slightly cloudy or even wiped clean by the Jagerbombs that seemed like such a good idea at the time (try a game of Jagermeister word association for a fun ice-breaker game at your next cocktail party).

Thankfully, as alcohol trends come and go, gone are the days where the licorice-flavored liquor is the house party staple. Enter Fireball. The cinnamon whiskey has swept the country, and has been making (and breaking) Friday nights for quite some time now. As palates have grown accustomed to this sweet, cinnamon flavor, mixologists across Los Angeles have shaken (or stirred) up their elevated takes on the beverage.

Whether you want it infused in your vermouth, grated on your frothy egg whites, or mixed with your agave, here's a list of some of the best cinnamon cocktails in the city, in no particular order.

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1. BrilliantShine

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522 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 451-0045
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Mixologist duo Josh Goldman and Julian Cox let their cocktails shine at their Santa Monica drinking den. The Autumn Sour #2, with Laird's Apple Brandy, Massenez Peche, lime, cinnamon, and egg white, is bright with hints of spice, and tastes of the kind of fall you can only experience in the City of Angels.

2. Fishing with Dynamite

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1148 Manhattan Ave
Manhattan Beach, CA

The Legend of a Thousand Eyes (with an epic name like that it better be good!) at Fishing with Dynamite is the seafood-centric restaurant’s take on a mezcal sour. Shaken with Del Maguey, pineapple, cinnamon, and cilantro, it is a brighter take on the standard cinnamon cocktail.

3. Gracias Madre

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8905 Melrose Ave
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(323) 978-2170
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Gracias Madre’s Beverage Director Jason Eisner strikes again with The Dude Abides, a cinnamon-forward twist on the White Russian, with house-made almond milk horchata, vanilla cinnamon agave, and mezcal. With drinks like these, we certainly abide.

4. Barrel & Ashes

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11801 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, CA 91604
(818) 623-8883
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With the proliferation of barbecue restaurants spreading across Los Angeles, it takes a pretty serious team to stand out from the crowd. Enter Barrel & Ashes, brought to you by some of the most recognizable names in the local food scene. And with beverages from LA cocktail king Julian Cox, the concept is a home run. Try the Oaxacan Memphis, a shandy with tequila blanco, Campari, pamplemousse, lime, Saison Dupont, and cinnamon.

5. RivaBella

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9201 W Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 278-2060

RivaBella keeps it classy with their cinnamon cocktail, the Gilded Lily, made with Hennessy VSOP, Nocello, house-made pear puree, freshly grated cinnamon, and gold flakes. We’re not entirely sure what purpose the gold flakes serve, but they sure make us feel fancy. Pinkies up!

6. Picca Peruvian Cantina

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9575 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90035
(310) 277-0133
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It wouldn’t be a LA cocktail list without seeing several selections from mixologist Julian Cox. Picca’s aptly named Your Princess (Is in Another Castle) is a masterful concoction of El Silencio Mezcal, lemon, peach, cinnamon syrup, crème de peche, and angostura for a beautiful drink that is like a peach cobbler in a glass.

7. Providence

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5955 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 460-4170
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Apparently using milk in cocktails is so hot right now. Providence’s Clouds Over California is composed of cinnamon-infused soy milk, peach and pear syrup, Velvet Falernum, Caña Brava white rum, and Boyd & Blair potato vodka. Anyone who follows the latest diet crazes will be happy to know it is also gluten free.

8. Caña Rum Bar

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714 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 745-7090
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Cana Rum Bar’s ode to autumn is realized in their Pumpkin Colada. The frozen drink is a tropical take on the traditional flavors of fall, and is a blended mix of Knob Creek 100 proof rye, strong rums, spiced pumpkin butter, house coconut cream, and organic pumpkin purée. [Photo: Caña Rum Bar]

9. Butchers & Barbers

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6531 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Even though Butchers & Barbers has been getting a lot of love as the Houston Brothers’ first restaurant venture, the cocktail program by Beverage Director Joseph Swifka and Nate Oliver shouldn’t be overlooked. The Old Grandad, with cinnamon-infused sweet vermouth, blended scotch, and maple syrup, reflects the restaurant’s masculine, New American feel and is just downright delicious.

10. La Descarga

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1159 Western Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90029
(323) 466-1324
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The Houston Brothers’ Cuban-inspired concept offers a refreshing cinnamon cocktail with the Short Pier, a libation of gin, pisco, lime, cinnamon syrup, fresh watermelon juice, and grated cinnamon.

11. Bacari PDR

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6805 Vista Del Mar Lane
Playa del Rey, CA 90293

The PDR, which in this case stands for “Pumpkin Del Rey” pretty much takes everything that exemplifies the holidays and shakes it up into one seasonal cocktail. The drink is made with Dogfish "Punkin" Pumpkin Ale, rye, maple, pumpkin spice puree, El Guapo Holiday Bitters, and cinnamon, and is rich, malty, with a nice spiced aroma.

12. Library Bar

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630 W 6th St
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 488-1931
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A highlight from the new cocktail menu at Library Bar comes by way of Dylan Snyder’s Pirate Booty. The cocktail brings together all the elements you would expect of a seafaring marauder, like rum, Angostura bitters, cinnamon, ginger soda, and lime.

1. BrilliantShine

522 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Mixologist duo Josh Goldman and Julian Cox let their cocktails shine at their Santa Monica drinking den. The Autumn Sour #2, with Laird's Apple Brandy, Massenez Peche, lime, cinnamon, and egg white, is bright with hints of spice, and tastes of the kind of fall you can only experience in the City of Angels.

522 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401

2. Fishing with Dynamite

1148 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA

The Legend of a Thousand Eyes (with an epic name like that it better be good!) at Fishing with Dynamite is the seafood-centric restaurant’s take on a mezcal sour. Shaken with Del Maguey, pineapple, cinnamon, and cilantro, it is a brighter take on the standard cinnamon cocktail.

1148 Manhattan Ave
Manhattan Beach, CA

3. Gracias Madre

8905 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069

Gracias Madre’s Beverage Director Jason Eisner strikes again with The Dude Abides, a cinnamon-forward twist on the White Russian, with house-made almond milk horchata, vanilla cinnamon agave, and mezcal. With drinks like these, we certainly abide.

8905 Melrose Ave
West Hollywood, CA 90069

4. Barrel & Ashes

11801 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

With the proliferation of barbecue restaurants spreading across Los Angeles, it takes a pretty serious team to stand out from the crowd. Enter Barrel & Ashes, brought to you by some of the most recognizable names in the local food scene. And with beverages from LA cocktail king Julian Cox, the concept is a home run. Try the Oaxacan Memphis, a shandy with tequila blanco, Campari, pamplemousse, lime, Saison Dupont, and cinnamon.

11801 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, CA 91604

5. RivaBella

9201 W Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

RivaBella keeps it classy with their cinnamon cocktail, the Gilded Lily, made with Hennessy VSOP, Nocello, house-made pear puree, freshly grated cinnamon, and gold flakes. We’re not entirely sure what purpose the gold flakes serve, but they sure make us feel fancy. Pinkies up!

9201 W Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069

6. Picca Peruvian Cantina

9575 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035

It wouldn’t be a LA cocktail list without seeing several selections from mixologist Julian Cox. Picca’s aptly named Your Princess (Is in Another Castle) is a masterful concoction of El Silencio Mezcal, lemon, peach, cinnamon syrup, crème de peche, and angostura for a beautiful drink that is like a peach cobbler in a glass.

9575 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90035

7. Providence

5955 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

Apparently using milk in cocktails is so hot right now. Providence’s Clouds Over California is composed of cinnamon-infused soy milk, peach and pear syrup, Velvet Falernum, Caña Brava white rum, and Boyd & Blair potato vodka. Anyone who follows the latest diet crazes will be happy to know it is also gluten free.

5955 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038

8. Caña Rum Bar

714 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

Cana Rum Bar’s ode to autumn is realized in their Pumpkin Colada. The frozen drink is a tropical take on the traditional flavors of fall, and is a blended mix of Knob Creek 100 proof rye, strong rums, spiced pumpkin butter, house coconut cream, and organic pumpkin purée. [Photo: Caña Rum Bar]

714 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90015

9. Butchers & Barbers

6531 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Even though Butchers & Barbers has been getting a lot of love as the Houston Brothers’ first restaurant venture, the cocktail program by Beverage Director Joseph Swifka and Nate Oliver shouldn’t be overlooked. The Old Grandad, with cinnamon-infused sweet vermouth, blended scotch, and maple syrup, reflects the restaurant’s masculine, New American feel and is just downright delicious.

6531 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028

10. La Descarga

1159 Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029

The Houston Brothers’ Cuban-inspired concept offers a refreshing cinnamon cocktail with the Short Pier, a libation of gin, pisco, lime, cinnamon syrup, fresh watermelon juice, and grated cinnamon.

1159 Western Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90029

11. Bacari PDR

6805 Vista Del Mar Lane, Playa del Rey, CA 90293

The PDR, which in this case stands for “Pumpkin Del Rey” pretty much takes everything that exemplifies the holidays and shakes it up into one seasonal cocktail. The drink is made with Dogfish "Punkin" Pumpkin Ale, rye, maple, pumpkin spice puree, El Guapo Holiday Bitters, and cinnamon, and is rich, malty, with a nice spiced aroma.

6805 Vista Del Mar Lane
Playa del Rey, CA 90293

12. Library Bar

630 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90017

A highlight from the new cocktail menu at Library Bar comes by way of Dylan Snyder’s Pirate Booty. The cocktail brings together all the elements you would expect of a seafaring marauder, like rum, Angostura bitters, cinnamon, ginger soda, and lime.

630 W 6th St
Los Angeles, CA 90017

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