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Fireball and apple cider are the best combination! Cinnamon whiskey blends perfectly with apple in this tasty cocktail recipe.

Fireball and Apple Cider
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Want a quick and easy cocktail that’s perfect for chilly weather? Try Fireball and Apple Cider! These two pair perfectly: spicy cinnamon blends seamlessly with tangy sweet cider. Take one sip and it will blow you away! (It did for us.) This combination was made to be. Fireball whisky might have a lowbrow reputation, but mix it up just right and it tastes like a sophisticated craft cocktail perfect for fall and winter.

The perfect pairing: Fireball and apple cider

Fireball whisky might conjure up thoughts of doing shots in college bars. But just like Jagermeister, it makes a great drink when you mix it up appropriately! Honestly, we were blown away by the way the cinnamon flavor accents the cider. Move over, fall cocktails! This one is right up there in our favorites list now. Here’s what you’ll need for this tasty drink:

  • Fireball whisky
  • Apple cider
  • Lemon juice
  • Ice, to serve
Fireball and apple cider

Best apple cider to buy

There are a few different types of apple cider you can find at the store. When pairing Fireball and apple cider, we suggest finding unfiltered cider for its vibrant color and flavor. Pasteurized is preferable too. Here are the differences:

  • Unfiltered vs filtered: Unfiltered cider contains the pulp and sediment; filtered is clear and light in color, basically like apple juice. Choose unfiltered for the best flavor and color for this drink.
  • Pasteurized vs unpasteurized: Pasteurizing apple cider makes it more shelf stable. Unpasteurized cider can turn into hard cider or apple cider vinegar over time, so you should drink it within 2 weeks. Unpasteurized cider has more risk of bacteria, so we recommend pasteurized.

More about Fireball whisky

Why is Fireball whisky worth stocking in your collection? Here’s a bit more about this spirit:

  • Fireball Cinnamon Whisky is a mix of Canadian whisky and cinnamon flavoring, developed in Canada in the 1980’s. It was originally part of a flavored schnapps line of Seagram’s, and is now produced by the Sazerac Company. (The company also produces Peychaud’s bitters, an original ingredient in the iconic Sazerac cocktail).
  • What does it taste like? Fireball whisky tastes sweet, with a strong aftertaste of cinnamon candy and spicy Canadian whisky.
  • What ABV is Fireball? Fireball is 33% ABV. Standard whiskey must be 40% ABV, so Fireball isn’t technically whisky: it’s actually a flavored whiskey or specialty distilled liquor. It’s so sweet, it actually tastes more like a liqueur.

What else can you make with Fireball? Try the Cinnamon Toast Crunch shot or Fireball Old Fashioned.

Fireball whisky

How to make Fireball and apple cider: some tips!

This drink is as easy as they come: pour Fireball and apple cider into a glass with lemon juice, garnish and serve! Here a few tips for taking it over the top:

  • Use clear ice. With any lowball drink, using clear ice takes it over the top! Clear ice is crystal clear and you can cut it into large organic shapes. You can also use a clear ice maker. Go to How to Make Clear Ice.
  • Garnish with cinnamon stick! The look of this drink hides its cinnamon flavor, so it’s fun to add a garnish. Top it off with a cinnamon stick and a lemon peel, if desired!

More drinks with apple cider

There lots of ways to make apple cider cocktails that are perfect for fall and winter! Here are a few more to try if you love this one:

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Fireball and Apple Cider

Fireball and Apple Cider

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x


Fireball and apple cider are the best combination! Cinnamon whiskey blends perfectly with apple in this tasty cocktail recipe.


  • 2 ounces* Fireball whisky
  • 3 ounces apple cider
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • Ice, for serving (try clear ice!)
  • For garnish: cinnamon stick, lemon peel (optional)


  1. Stir all ingredients in a lowball glass. Fill with it with ice (like clear ice) and serve.


*To convert to tablespoons, 1 ounce = 2 tablespoons

  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Stirred
  • Cuisine: Cocktails
  • Diet: Vegan

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes and the joy of cooking! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Sonja Overhiser says:

    Let us know if you have any questions!

    1. Denise Bulechek says:

      Any idea if this would be good hot? Would you still use the lemon?

      1. Sonja Overhiser says:

        This would be fantastic hot — great idea! We’d still do the lemon because it adds a nice tangy punch. Let us know what you think!