When you hear cinnamon whiskey, you probably think of Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey. It is probably the most popular cinnamon whiskey and is often considered as the life of the party.
Cheerful, fiery, hot, spicy, flavorful, and sweet, it is definitely a very colorful and spirited beverage.
Mainly intended for shots, it is rarely had neat or on the rocks as a slow sipper. It is pretty intense with a very noticeable flavor combination. It is also a very affordable whiskey, which makes it all the more popular.
We all know what Fireball is today, but it has a pretty interesting history, as it wasn’t always what it is today.
Fireball Whiskey History
In the ’80s, when schnapps was the new “it” drink, Fireball started its journey as a cinnamon-flavored schnapps. However, little did they know that schnapps was a fad that would fade away soon, and the cinnamon-flavored schnapps idea slowly started declining as people got ever impressed with other types of “it” drinks.
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Still, if there ever were a word to describe the history of Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey, it would probably be persistence because it managed to pick itself up, dust itself off, and carry on even stronger than before.
Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey was a pretty anonymous drink far from what it is today. As the schnapps fad declined, so did its sales, as well as people’s interest in it. The brand kept itself afloat for some time, but it wasn’t until 1994 that the Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey was created.
They decided to switch from schnapps to whiskey, as whiskey was one of the spirits that never go out of style, and it is here for the long run. They started mixing Canadian whiskey with cinnamon giving birth to what we today know as Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey.
However, even after it was reinvented, Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey remained unknown outside of Canada in the eyes of the public, which was yet another obstacle the brand needed to overcome.
So, they decided to turn this virtually anonymous spirit into what it is today, i.e., the best-selling cinnamon whiskey.
The brand managed to skyrocket their product by diversifying and launching several Fireball products and different bottle sizes and different packaging.
So, today, there are lemonade and apple Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey cans, packs of three, etc., therefore meeting the different needs of the different customers.
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Moreover, the brand made a seriously good marketing campaign being endorsed by celebrities, popping on billboards, gradually getting closer and closer to the consumers, spiking their curiosity to try Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey.
Apparently, the brand’s perseverance and efforts paid off, so today, there are merely a few who haven’t heard of Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey.
In addition, the brand’s slogan, “Tastes like heaven, burns like hell,” is yet another spicy ingredient which is one of the crucial elements that gave this whiskey the boost it needed and deserved.
As of 2011 until now, Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey is going strong in its department, with high sales and a large auditorium. It has found a place in bars and households in the form of shots, in cocktails, or neat for those who like its fiery side.
Taste and Strength
Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey is a smooth whisky with expressive and dominant notes of hot cinnamon. Fireball Cinnamon Whisky works best straight up as an ice-cold shot.
Since it is so hot and intense, you are going to need to cover it up a little bit; therefore, having it cold works best, making it bearable.
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Don’t get me wrong, it is very delicious and somewhat sweet, but the intensity of the cinnamon is far more expressive than its sweetness.
If you don’t want to have it as a shot and chug in a blink, you can try mixing it with cola, ginger beer, hard cider, cranberry, or other ingredients that will help you toned down the bite.
Mixed with cola, Fireball tastes like candy. Sweetened up by the cola and toned down by the carbon bubbles, you will get the feeling of tasting delicious cinnamon candy.
Moreover, the longer you take to drink your mixer, the more it will sweeten up, so by timing it right, each sip will taste sweeter than the one before.
With ginger beer, it will get a refreshing, almost citrus dimension, which many will find just delightful. Therefore, if you like citrus flavors, this combination is the one you must try.
Mixing it with juice, such as orange or cranberry juice, results in a tame but still edgy flavor with a nice and gradual kick.
In addition to the classic cinnamon whiskey, Fireball also has apple and lemonade-flavored drinks. The apple cinnamon flavor has a natural and refreshing flavor and a sub-type of the classical Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey; it is milder and gentler.
The lemonade-flavored Fireball is even gentler than the apple-flavored one. It is somewhere between ginger beer and whiskey, of course, enveloped with the signature Fireball element, which is the sweet and hot cinnamon dimension.
Even though Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey is most known as a mixer, for those of you who like trying more extreme flavors, it might be a pleasure sipping it slowly, neat, or on the rocks. However, be warned that their slogan tells the truth; it does burn like hell.
In terms of strength, Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey is not a joke, but it isn’t the strongest thing you will try, either. Its alcohol amount is about 33%, which is more than enough to knock you down if you are too greedy or too hasty.
Ingredients and Making
Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey contains Canadian whiskey and cinnamon as its main ingredients. Canadian whiskey is mixed and aged with cinnamon which produces Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey.
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Because of the added sugar, Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey has a thicker viscosity that qualifies as a liqueur. Therefore it is often regarded as liqueur rather than whiskey. The making process of the Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey is not that complicated, as the whiskey has already been made.
The trick is to flavor it well so that it turns out as it does. Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey ages with cinnamon which is how it gets the cinnamon flavor. It also contains sugar, as well as other additives impacting its flavor and color.
The Canadian whiskey used as a base for Fireball Cinnamon whiskey must age for a minimum of three years in a wooden barrel. This Canadian whiskey has to be mashed and distilled only in Canada.
Fireball Bottle Prices and Sizes
One of the many positive sides of Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey is its affordability. It is available to buy in stores as well as online. Moreover, it is very affordable in bars, too, and is therefore widely loved and consumed.
The prices shown below are of indicative nature and may differ from the prices you might stumble upon. Still, spirits are very regulated price-wise, and the prices won’t differ by much.
In fact, the price of the spirit itself remains the same, but the taxes and other state-imposed expenses are those that make the difference.
Also, the prices indicate a single bottle price, not carriers or bulk purchases. The 50 ml. bottle is not available as a single unit, except in certain locations, so it doesn’t have a standardized price. It sells in bulk.
What Size Bottles of Fireball Are There?
Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey’s genius move is the variety of bottles and packs. There are 750 mL. .375mL., 1.75.L., 100 ml. 50 ml. .and 1 L. bottle. However, it isn’t only bottles that Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey comes in. There are also cans and a variety of packages,
So, there is the party bucket containing 20 bottles of 50ml. The Fireball carrier pack contains six 100 ml. bottles. There are even packs containing ready-made shots- the Fireball Whiskey peel and party shots.
There are also six-packs and 12-packs, containing respectively six and 12 Fireball 50 ml. bottles. And last, but certainly not least, the famous, Fireball Firebox with two pouches of 1.75 L of Fireball whiskey intended for shots.
This bottle variety, as well as the carriers they offer, is one more convenience the brand offers to its customers, and for many, it is the decisive factor when they are on the verge between two cinnamon whiskey brands.
How Much Is a 1.75 L of Fireball?
A 1.75 L bottle of Fireball is somewhere around $24. The price varies depending on the suppliers, country, and whether you buy it online, including shipment costs.
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However, even if the price differs, it won’t be a very significant difference, as the Fireball brand dictates the price. Moreover, spirits, in general, are a highly regulated alcohol, price-wise.
Usually, when you buy a 1.75 L Fireball directly from a store, it is a little cheaper compared to an online purchase, as you don’t pay for shipment.
On the other hand, the shops don’t have the discounts the online sites have, so you might get a better deal ordering it online, provided that you get the timing right.
The most significant discounts are around the holidays, but also around periods significant for the brand. So, it doesn’t have to be Christmas for you to get a nice Fireball online deal.
Moreover, buying in bulk reduces the price. So, instead of paying $50 for two 1.75 L. bottles, you can order three for $70, for example, if they have some kind of sale.
Nevertheless, Fireball is a very affordable cinnamon whiskey, so you absolutely don’t have to wait for a discount to get it. The enjoyment is too close and too attainable for you to postpone it if you are a Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey aficionado.
What Is the Smallest Bottle of Fireball?
The smallest bottle of Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey is the 50 ml. mini-bottle. It is a standard for spirits to have such mini bottles sold at many points and hotel mini-bars. The thing is, these bottles are made more as a commercial than for sale.
Of course, even a 50 ml. bottle can bring some profit, but it isn’t the main purpose of its making. Think of the 50 ml. bottle as a chance to dip your toes in the Fireball department and get acquainted with the spirit.
Most first-timers don’t want to buy a 1 L. bottle only to take a sip and decide they don’t want another. So, to avoid such waste, the spirit brands make these mini-bottles a courtesy to their potential buyers.
It doesn’t impose any pressure on the consumer, as they don’t risk throwing out a large quantity of spirits, nor do they pay too much too early.
These 50ml. bottles of Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey are yet another proof of how well they manage their marketing-relating assignments.
Even though the 50ml. bottles are a well-known and well-established practice in the spirit industry; the Fireball brand has found a way to innovate here too. So, in addition to having individual 50 ml. bottles, they also offer them in bulk.
There are 12-packs of 50 ml. bottles as well as party packs with bottles of the same size, so if you and your buddies are trying it for the first time, you might as well do it together.
How Much Is a 375 ml. of Fireball?
The price for a 375 ml. bottle of Fireball is genuinely close to nothing. It costs about $10 to buy one of these fiery boys.
Is Fireball a Strong Whiskey?
With an alcohol content of 33%, Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey is definitely not the gentlest one, but it isn’t the harshest one either, considering that there are vodkas with 50% and up.
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However, since Fireball is mainly intended for shots, here is where things can get problematic. It is one thing to sip Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey slowly and an entirely different one to chug it in a few shots. This is where the misconception about Fireball comes from.
Fireball is regarded as a strong whiskey, and though there may be some truth to that, the shot part is rarely considered in this equation.
If you are an inexperienced shot drinker, you need to pace yourself and leave enough space between shots so that you can land your feet.
If you sip it slowly, you are on the safe side because you won’t be able to handle it if you take big sips and swallow them slowly, as you would do with a regular whiskey.
Therefore, I recommend you drink Fireball slowly if you are lightweight. You may like the taste, so it is definitely worth a try.
How Many Shots of Fireball Will Get You Drunk?
Fireball shots are no different from other shots, and in addition to the sheer number of shots, there are other things to consider when determining how many of them will get you drunk.
The standard amount of Fireball shots to get drunk is five. However, this number may fall to three if you take them with less than 15 minutes apart.
The number of Fireball shots to get you drunk also reduces depending on your physical state, i.e., the hungrier and the more tired you are, the quicker you will get drunk on Fireball shots.
What Do You Mix Fireball With?
Fireball mixes excellently with ginger beer, ginger ale, coke, lemonade, grapefruit juice, orange or cranberry juice, as well as other alcohols such as whiskey, rum, or bourbon.
You can also mix it with coffee, tea, or cocoa. Fireball whiskey is known as an excellent mixing ingredient and does great in cocktails such as mojito and Long Island Iced Tea or fruity and refreshing cocktails such as Sex on the Beach.
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Can You Drink Fireball Straight?
You can drink Fireball straight, but that doesn’t mean that you should. There is a reason why it is intended for shots and mixing rather than for drinking it straight. It is a very intense-flavored whiskey with very expressive red hot cinnamon notes.
Maybe you are accustomed to the mild cinnamon flavor, which is more common for baking and warm beverages, but the cinnamon in Fireball is nothing like that. It really burns like fire, so chances are you won’t be able to handle it as well as you may have thought.
Therefore, when trying Fireball Cinnamon whiskey, go cautiously and don’t get greedy chasing the kick.