Don's Mix Recipe

Photograph: Anna Dunn

An essential ingredient in many tiki drinks, this is an extremely simple recipe that will be tastiest with fresh grapefruits in season. Feel free to experiment with Demerara sugar for more flavor.

Recipe Facts

Active: 10 mins
Total: 30 mins
Makes: 3 cups

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  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 cup sugar, preferably unrefined
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups fresh juice from 3-4 grapefruits


  1. Put cinnamon sticks in a zip lock bag and bash a few times with a rolling pin. Combine broken cinnamon sticks, sugar, and water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Let simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let steep for 15 minutes. Strain cinnamon syrup into a mason jar with a mesh strainer. Let cool.

  2. Add grapefruit juice to cinnamon mixture and shake. Mixture can be stored, sealed, in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, though it's tastiest when fresh.

Special equipment

Hand juicer, zip lock bag, rolling pin, saucepan, mesh strainer

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