Spicy Fireball Shooter

A round of Fireball shooters on the bar

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  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 shot (1 serving)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
102 Calories
0g Fat
17g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1 shot (1 serving)
Amount per serving
Calories 102
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 14mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 11g 40%
Protein 1g
Calcium 213mg 16%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

There may be a line that has been crossed with this spicy shooter. Not only does this fireball recipe consist of warming cinnamon schnapps, but it also throws in a dash or two of hot sauce. It's interesting and not guaranteed to be your new favorite, but it does have its uses.

The fireball is one of those strange shots—remember the cement mixer?—that's not really supposed to taste good. Maybe someone at some time thought it did, but they were probably pretty drunk. The cinnamon and hot sauce are just too much to take in one gulp, but for some reason, the recipe has stood up to a few decades of circulation. A lot of people still have fun with this shot, whether it is during a "How much heat can you take?" contest or when playing a joke on a buddy. 

The other part of this equation is Fireball Cinnamon Whisky, which has skyrocketed in popularity in recent years. It can be used as a substitute for cinnamon schnapps, and the brand even uses the tongue tingling fireball shooter for marketing, it's just under a different name.

Ingredients

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.

  3. Strain into a shot glass.

  4. Serve and get it down!

How Strong Is a Fireball Shooter?

Fireball Cinnamon Whisky

Though many drinkers call Fireball "cinnamon whiskey," it is, in fact, a "cinnamon whiskey liqueur." That last word is key because, just like many other flavored whiskeys, as soon as sweeteners are added they are no longer technically whiskeys, but become liqueurs.

Tip

If you want a real cinnamon whiskey, infuse a bottle of whiskey with a cinnamon stick or two. It tastes amazing and lets you choose your favorite whiskey while cutting out the unnecessary sugar!

Interestingly, Fireball does not really live up to its "Tastes like heaven, burns like hell" slogan. It has neither the alcohol burn of a full-proof whiskey nor the cinnamon burn of palate shockers like Hot Damn and does not have not the delicious cinnamon flavor found in Goldschläger. It is a 66 proof (33 percent ABV) sweetened cinnamon-flavored whiskey with the cinnamon taking on the flavor of Atomic Fireball candy, not a cinnamon stick.

Fireball is extremely popular, though. It's trendiness as a party shot—often straight out of the bottle—is almost following that of Jägermeister not too long ago.

Ring of Fire Shot

Cinnamon schnapps, sweet cinnamon whiskey...not much difference, right? In fact, Fireball recommends the recipe above with their whiskey, they simply call it a "ring of fire" and use Bacardi 151 Rum. That switch in rum adds to the audacious flavor and you will definitely feel a burn getting that version down.

Bacardi has taken their high-proof rum off the market, so you'll need to use a substitute. Cruzan 151 is an excellent (if not superior) choice.