The Story Behind The Spiced Royale

I think Lambrusco is one of the most underrated wines in the industry. As with all products, there are cheap versions you should probably avoid; but a good Lambrusco is an amazing thing to find.

The balance of a light, dry red wine with some subtle effervescence is wonderful, and using those properties to take a cocktail to the next level can be really fun. After experimenting with a few different classics in mind, I found fresh lemon juice and homemade cinnamon syrup to be the best combination with Lambrusco.


  • 1 ounce gin
  • 2 ounces Lambrusco
  • 1 ounce lemon juice
  • ½ ounce cinnamon syrup (recipe follows)


  1. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Shake to chill and combine.
  3. Fine-strain into a cocktail glass.
  4. Garnish with a lemon peel or cinnamon stick, and enjoy!

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Updated: 2018-05-15

Cinnamon Syrup Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks

Cinnamon Syrup Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a small sauce pan.
  2. Heat until sugar has dissolved.
  3. Allow to cool, 15-20 minutes.
  4. Taste for sufficient cinnamon infusion. If there’s not enough cinnamon to your liking, continue to steep.
  5. Remove cinnamon sticks and enjoy!
The Spiced Royale Recipe