I like coming up with fun ideas for Valentine’s Day drinks. Last year I made a Red Velvet Martini based on a suggestion from a friend. So this year, after much brainstorming, I had the idea for a cinnamon hearts cocktail. Except, it actually turned out to be cinnamon hearts tequila shots (which actually take less time to make and go down a lot quicker).
I’m not a person that consumes shots of any kind on a regular basis. In fact, before making these cinnamon hearts tequila shots I think the last time I had one was 10-ish years ago. I much prefer mixed drinks, a glass of wine or a bottle of beer in my somewhat older age. But, I didn’t let that stop me from making these tequila shooters. Further proving to my husband I’m not always a stick in the mud. Ha.
Rather than infusing tequila with cinnamon hearts candy, I decided to use Jose Cuervo Cinge cinnamon tequila. It reminds me a lot of Big Red Gum with strong cinnamon flavors along with sweet notes. I’ve already shared three different Jose Cuervo Cinge cocktails, my favorite of them being the Hot Tamale Margarita.
For the red color in the cinnamon hearts tequila shots, I used homemade grenadine. Store bought grenadine can also be used, but I do recommend you read about grenadine for cocktails before deciding which brand to buy (that is, if you don’t already have a bottle in the fridge). The grenadine sweetens the Cinge tequila a little bit, and it also adds the nice red color. I decided to also garnish the shot glasses with a cinnamon heart candy because it looks pretty. This step is totally optional, but I liked it.
- ½ ounce grenadine
- 2 ounces Jose Cuervo Cinge
- Optional: Cinnamon hearts on a skewer for garnishing shot glasses
- Add ¼ ounce of grenadine to the bottom of two shot glasses.
- Top with one ounce of Jose Cuervo Cinge.
- If desired, skewer one to three cinnamon hearts and put on top of shot glasses prior to serving.
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