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Need a great Fireball drink? Try the Old Fashioned! Cinnamon whisky makes an irresistible spin on the classic.

Fireball Drink

Got a bottle of Fireball whisky to use up? Try the Fireball Old Fashioned! The typical Fireball drink is sweet, mixing this cinnamon whisky with ginger ale or apple cider. But why not turn it into an Old Fashioned? Adding a splash of Fireball to this classic gives it sweetly spiced notes on the finish. In fact, you can skip the sugar entirely. Here’s how to make it!

What’s in this Fireball drink?

Many drinks with Fireball are sweet, to accentuate the cinnamon notes in the whisky (like Fireball and Apple Cider or the Cinnamon Toast Crunch). But why not have a more balanced spin with this liquor? Pair it with bourbon and bitters in this spin on the Old Fashioned.

The Old Fashioned is one of the oldest cocktails there is! It was first documented in the early 1800’s by a New York paper, much before any of the great cocktails we know today. This spin uses Fireball whisky instead of the standard sugar cube to add nuance to the flavors and a spiced finish to each sip. Here’s what you’ll need for this Fireball drink:

  • Fireball whisky
  • Bourbon whiskey or any other style of whiskey: rye, Canadian, etc
  • Angostura bitters

To make the drink, mix the Fireball, bourbon, and bitters in a lowball glass with a large ice cube. Squeeze the oils from an orange peel into the drink, and garnish with a cinnamon stick.

Fireball whisky

Step it up with clear ice

Want the very best Fireball drink? Use clear ice. Clear ice is crystal clear ice cubes that you can cut into organic shapes, instead of cloudy ice cubes from an ice try. We use them for more of our cocktail recipes, but they’re an absolute must for an Old Fashioned. Here’s how to do it:

  • Make clear ice in a small cooler. The cooler just needs to fit inside your freezer. Go to How to Make Clear Ice.
  • Use a clear ice maker. We use this clear ice maker and it works well! It also fits easily into your freezer.
Fireball Drink

More about Fireball whisky

Here’s the thing about Fireball…it’s not technically whisky since it’s got a lower percentage of alcohol than the real stuff. It’s also a lot sweeter! Here’s what to know about this flavored whiskey:

  • 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.
  • What does it taste like? Fireball whisky tastes sweet, with a strong finish of cinnamon candy and spicy whisky.
  • What ABV is Fireball? Fireball is 33% ABV. Standard whiskey is required to be 40% ABV, so Fireball isn’t technically whisky. It’s considered 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 and Apple Cider.

Fireball Drink

More Fireball drinks

What else to do with cinnamon whisky other than this Fireball drink? There are lots of ways to use this cinnamon whisky. Here are a few of our top recipes:

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Fireball Drink

Fireball Old Fashioned

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x


Need a great Fireball drink? Try the Old Fashioned! Cinnamon whisky makes an irresistible spin on the classic.


  • 1 ounce* Fireball whisky
  • 2 ounces bourbon whiskey
  • 4 dashes bitters
  • Ice, for serving (try clear ice!)
  • For the garnish: Orange peel, cinnamon stick


  1. Add the fireball, bourbon and bitters to a lowball glass and stir.
  2. Fill the glass with a clear ice cube. Use a knife to remove a 1″ wide strip of the orange peel. Squeeze the orange peel into the drink to release the oils. Gently run the peel around the edge of the glass, then place it in the glass. Add a cinnamon stick if desired.


*To convert to tablespoons, 1 ounce = 2 tablespoons

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

Keywords: Fireball drink

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 for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Love this recipe! Fireball is one of my favorite whiskeys, and I’m excited to try it in an old fashioned. Can’t wait to give it a try and see how it turns out. Thanks for sharing!