Sugar and Spice: The Cinnamon Trade Was Not Nice

The island of extravagant scenic views that are guaranteed to leave you speechless. Endless rainforest, beaches, and rivers. Sri Lanka. An island South of India (formally known as Ceylon) with influences from not only India, but other Asian countries. The ancient history of the collision of hinduism and buddhism meets with ancient ruins from over 2,000 years ago with evidence of human settlement 125,000 years ago.

The most notable to arrive on the island: The Portuguese in 1518. They were the first country to discover that the island had spices, overtook it, and enslaved the people of Sri Lanka so they could control the trade of cinnamon (how sweet) which led to a cycle of power of many countries trying to overtake the land because cinnamon was almost as powerful as gold, and having an entire island would guarantee countries of riches and extreme trade power over other nations. It took until after World War II, in 1948,  for the country to finally gain independence. Seven years later the country joined the United Nations.

Even after all these years, and countless country influences, Cinnamon is still Sri Lanka’s main export, and accounts for 70% of the entire world production of cinnamon. National Geographic even gave Sri Lanka the nickname “Cinnamon island” because of the abundance of spice. Reportedly, some places on the island have so many crops, that the island smells of cinnamon; but, you are going to have to go see for yourself!

In the world, with the highest ranking in all of Asia, and it has one of the highest education rates among developing nations with 92% literacy. It has some of the most stunning views in all of Asia with beaches that run for miles and is home to over 100 rivers making it a great tourist destination.

So why are we talking about Sri Lanka? Well, Glass Vodka sources our cinnamon from Sri Lanka and receives the most desired, high-end cinnamon in the market to produce our cinnamon infused vodka, Glass Spice. Glass Spice has earthy notes and is a treat to drink on the rocks or in spiced holiday cocktails. It is the perfect fireside drink. Here are few other ways to enjoy Glass Spice.

Exotic Lemonade

1 oz Glass Spice vodka

5 oz Fresh lemonade

Lemon slice and a fresh strawberry

Serve on the rocks in a tall glass filled with ice. Garnish with fresh strawberry and lemon slice.


The Spicy Apple

1 oz Glass Spice vodka

6 oz hard apple cider

Cinnamon stick

Serve on the rocks in a tall glass filled with ice. Garnish with fresh cinnamon stick.


Golden Apple Ring

Created for Glass Distillery by Terry Blumer

2 oz Glass Spice vodka

1 oz Ginger beer

Dash Sweet Fire Habanero sauce

2 oz fresh pressed apple cider (unfiltered)

Mix ingredients in an ice-filled Collins glass and stir. Top off with cider and dash of habanero sauce. Garnish with crisp apple slice.


Russian Claus

Created and featured at The Tipsy Alchemist, Dallas, TX

1½ oz of Glass Spice vodka

1 oz Kahlua

¾ oz Pumpkin Spice reduction

Top with Eggnog

Serve on the rocks in an old-fashioned glass.