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How to Drink Fireball

Fireball is a Canadian whisky (which is why you drop the “e” in the spelling of “whisky”) and it’s famous for being sweet, spicy, full of cinnamon, and easy to drink. But apart from taking a shot of Fireball or sipping it as an after-dinner treat, you can also use it in tons of mixed and hot drinks. Explore different recipes to amp up your Fireball experience, from dessert cocktails to Fireball Mexican hot chocolate!


EditDrinking Fireball Plain

  1. Take a shot of Fireball for a fun, tasty experience. This is perhaps one of the more popular ways to drink Fireball—as a shot. Simply use a shot glass, fill it nearly to the rim with Fireball, and then toss it back.[1]
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    • Remember to use caution when drinking and doing shots. Fireball is easy to drink, so try to alternate each shot with some water to help yourself stay hydrated, and try to pace yourself so you don’t over-drink. If you start to get dizzy, slow down and drink water for at least half an hour before drinking more.
  2. Sip Fireball for a sweet and spicy after-dinner treat. Because Fireball is sweeter, it does make a great after-dinner dessert alternative. Pour 1-2 jiggers into a glass and sip away![2]
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    • You can use any type of glass to drink Fireball, but it’ll look the best in a clear rocks glass.
  3. Try chilled and room-temperature Fireball to find your favorite. Some people prefer their Fireball served at room temperature, while others like it cold. Chilled Fireball’s spice hits you a little later, while room-temperature Fireball immediately fills your entire mouth with that sweet and spicy essence. Chill Fireball by storing the bottle in the fridge, adding ice to it, or using a chilled glass.[3]
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EditMaking Mixed Drinks

  1. Make a Cinnamon Toast Crunch dessert cocktail for a sweet treat. For this cocktail, you’ll need Fireball, Rumchata, Kahlua, some crushed up Cinnamon Toast Crunch, and a little bit of cinnamon syrup. Roll the rim of a glass in the syrup, and then press it into the crushed cereal. Then add in 1 jigger of each liquor, stir it up, and add a few ice cubes if you want.[4]
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    • To make cinnamon syrup, add a cinnamon stick to simple syrup and heat it on the stove for 5-7 minutes.
    • If you want to make a bigger batch of this drink, just continue to use equal amounts of each liquor.
    • For a cute accent, use a cinnamon stick to stir the drink.
  2. Create a New Old Fashioned for a spicy, citrusy-heavy beverage. Use 3 jiggers of orange juice, 3 jiggers of Fireball, and 1 jigger of good maple syrup. Mix everything in a cocktail shaker over ice, and then strain it out into a glass.[5]
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    • This drink will definitely have a bigger punch than the typical Old Fashioned, but the mixture of orange juice, Fireball, and maple syrup makes it an interesting and pleasant cocktail.
  3. Use Fireball to make sangria for a fun beverage to share with others. Chop up 1-2 apples into small squares, peel 1-2 oranges. separate each slice, and then add them to a large pitcher. Pour in of Fireball, of apple juice, and of red wine and mix everything together with a long spoon.[6]
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    • Choose blood oranges if they’re available at the store for a deeper citrus flavor, or combine blood oranges and standard oranges.
    • You can drink your sangria right away, but the flavors will deepen and merge together more if you let it chill in the fridge for about an hour before you serve it.
  4. Mix Fireball and Frank’s RedHot to make sweet and spicy “Dragon’s Spit.” This drink is fun because you can tailor it to your personal taste preference by adding as little or as much Red Hot as you like. Simply pour some Fireball into a glass, add in some Red Hot, and stir it up to incorporate the ingredients together fully. You can sip the drink or take it as a shot.[7]
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  5. Try out the “man-mosa" for a spicy brunch option. Use a champagne glass and fill it 1/2 way with orange juice, then fill it to 3/4 full with champagne before pouring in a jigger of Fireball. The Fireball tones down the normal sweetness of a mimosa and adds in some nice cinnamon and spice tones.[8]
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    • Of course, depending on your preferences, you can make your “man-mosa" as champagne-heavy or orange juice-heavy as you like.
  6. Scoop some vanilla ice cream to make the “fiery scream” dessert-drink. You can do this as a shot or as a larger drink, just depending on what you like. Pour out 1-2 jiggers of Fireball into your chosen glass, and then add a scoop of vanilla ice cream to it. You can let the ice cream melt a little bit and sip the drink, take it as a shot, or eat it like a root beer float.[9]
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    • If you’re going to take the fiery scream as a shot, just add a small spoonful of ice cream to the shot glass and do the shot before the ice cream melts. The contract between the sweet vanilla and the spicy Fireball will have you coming back for more.

EditUsing Fireball in Hot Beverages

  1. Heat up a batch of Fireball Apple Cider for a delicious fall treat. Over low heat on the stove, heat up of apple cider and of Fireball. Toss in a few cinnamon sticks for an extra-aromatic factor, and serve this drink once it has heated up.[10]
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    • Heating up the liquor does burn off some of the alcohol content, so feel free to add in some extra Fireball after you’ve put the cider into your mug.
    • Save leftovers (if there are any!) in the fridge after the drink has cooled down.
    • This is also a tasty drink served chilled, so depending on what you or your guests prefer, serve it hot or cold. You can simply place leftover cider in the fridge in a glass container to chill it.
  2. Make Fireball pumpkin spice coffee for a warming, delicious drink. In a saucepan over medium heat, mix together of coffee, of milk, of pumpkin puree, 1 teaspoon (2.3 grams) of pumpkin pie spice, and of maple syrup. Once all of that is heated through remove it from the stove and ladle the drink into mugs. Add 1 jigger of Fireball to each cup.[11]
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    • For an extra delicious treat, top off the Fireball pumpkin spice coffee with whipped cream and caramel sauce.
    • Depending on how much alcohol you want, you could always add more Fireball.
    • Feel free to use any kind of milk you like—almond, soy, coconut, and even cashew milk would work.
  3. Mix up some chai Fireball tea if you prefer a lighter and spicy beverage. Simply brew a cup of chai tea and add in a generous splash of Fireball. You could also make chai tea out of a powdered mix and add milk or cream to make the drink a little more decadent.[12]
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    • This is a great option for a brunch or event where not everyone would want an alcoholic beverage, too, since you don’t have to make the entire pot of tea with Fireball in it.
  4. Drink a Fireball hot toddy for a nightcap or to soothe a sore throat. Mix together of hot water, 1 jigger of Fireball, of honey, and the juice of half a lemon in a large mug. You can also add in a tea bag (black tea or chamomile work well with this recipe) and let everything steep together for 4-5 minutes.[13]
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    • National Hot Toddy day is celebrated on January 11th in the US, so keep this recipe in mind to celebrate with.
  5. Create Fireball Mexican hot chocolate for a creamy, spicy, sweet drink. Follow the directions for your favorite spicy hot chocolate, which generally incorporates of semisweet chocolate, 1/8 tsp (.23 grams) of dried chili pepper, a pinch of salt, and of milk, or use a prepared mix that you can buy at your local grocery store. Mix in 1-2 jiggers of Fireball for each mug of hot chocolate. The spices of the Fireball and the hot chocolate will combine to make a tasty, aromatic drink.[14]
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    • This is a fun drink you can make even if there are kids around—just make sure to serve their Mexican hot chocolate sans Fireball!


  • If you’re trying Fireball for the first time, try sipping it so you can really taste the flavor.
  • You can enjoy Fireball all year long, even though it’s generally associated with fall.


  • Make sure to drink responsibly. If you’re going to be drinking, have a designated driver or use a car service to get around town.

EditThings You’ll Need

EditDrinking Fireball Plain

  • Shot glasses
  • Rocks glasses
  • Jigger

EditMaking Mixed Drinks

  • Glasses
  • Stirrer
  • Jigger
  • Cocktail shaker

EditUsing Fireball in Hot Beverages

  • Glasses or mugs
  • Measuring cups
  • Jigger
  • Saucepan or pot
  • Ladle

EditSources and Citations

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from How to of the Day