Fireball Whiskey is one of the most popular drinks in the United States, in fact it was ranked as the best-selling liqueur in the whole of the US in the year 2015. That is how much people love and know this amazing drink. There are several facts and information about this cinnamon-flavored drink; some you are already familiar with, others are just plain jaw-dropping. In need to ensure you know all that is to know about what you drink, we have put together some of the interesting things you have to know about fireball whiskey. In fact, we have 10 of them for you and by the time you are done reading, you will only love fireball whiskey the more.
1. Canada is responsible for Fireball Whiskey!
This fiery drink was first developed in the year 1984, in Canada. While it might be one of the most popular drinks in the whole of North America, it wasn’t always like this at first. It was relatively unknown outside of Canada when it was first introduced. Initially, the drink was marketed as “Dr McGillicuddy’s Fireball Whiskey”, a name that saw rebranding in the year 2007 to its present “Fireball Cinnamon Whisky”.
2. Fireball makes a fiery cocktail
While the drink can be easily consumed straight with no mixing with other drinks, it makes a great cocktail nevertheless. When fireball whiskey is mixed with other ingredients such as tea, hard cider, hot chocolate, honey, or red bull, what you can get is an amazing concoction that will light up your head and the party. Some of the more popular cocktails made from cinnamon whisky are The Drunken Dessert which is made from fireball whiskey mixed with hot chocolate and The Hotter Toddy which is made with fireball whiskey, tea, lemon and honey.
3. The label was designed by Ross Sutherland
The red dragon of Fireball Whiskey is becoming increasingly iconic as the sales of the drink itself increases. Why this information might not important to your drinking, it is nice to know who designed such an iconic label which cannot be mistaken for another.
Ross Sutherland himself is popular within the liqueur industry as he has designed labels for other drinks such as Wheatley Vodka and Black Magic Rum.
4. You can play an official Fireball game
As if the drink itself is not enough fun already, the manufacturer of the drink went ahead to make an app for the drink. Of course, it is a drinking game. The game is called “Dragon, Dice & Dares” and it involves you sharing dirty secrets (surprise!), taking shots and showing the right amount of nudity allowed in a party. You can easily get your hands on the app as it is free on the Apple App Store. If you are expecting dragon related tasks and challenges, you might be disappointed.
5. It has its own slangs!
Yeah, what fun thing doesn’t come with its own slang? Well, fireball whiskey is no different. In order to make the drink more relatable, the product makers created an official dragon-ish slang for the drink – drinking Cinnamon whiskey is known as “slayin”. Yes I know you are wondering, did Beyonce come up with Formation while having slayin? That we can’t say for sure but when you’re making plans for tomorrow night, that is a nice thought to go with.
6. Chris Pratt once gave sage advice while drunk on Fireball
Chris Pratt loves dinosaur, we know that. He also loves dragon, particularly a red dragon wrapped around a drink. At the end of an interview, Pratt was asked to give free acting lesson – which he did while drunk on fireball.
7. Fireball was recalled due to presence of anti-freeze ingredient
Back in 2014, the drink faced some huge backlash which led to a voluntary recall in some countries – Finland, Norway and Sweden. It was revealed that fireball contained a particular anti-freeze chemical called Propylene Glycol. The recipe was however corrected and Fireball has since been on the European market. The drink wasn’t recalled in the US though as both CDC and FDC cleared it and deemed it safe for consumption. What would a few grams of anti-freeze in Fireball do when you have it in your ice-cream, right?
8. Everyone loves it
College kids would feel (and believe) that Fireball was made just for them. Yes, they are that conceited. Yes, it is impossible to find any frat party nowadays without empty bottles of Cinnamon whiskey but you would be dead wrong to think only 22 year olds can turn up to Fireball. People of all age love the drink, even grannies!
9. It might not even be a whiskey!
Whiskey as per definition is any spirit bottled with nothing less than 40% alcohol and our darling Fireball falls short of that mark. It clocks in at a mere 33% (talk about a scam) making it more of a flavored whiskey. As disappointing as this is, Fireball still make for one heck of a drink.
10. 4750 Shots at once!
That is the current world record for the most Fireball whiskey done at a go. Damn.
Fireball Whiskey is indeed a fiery drink, and a great drink. It became a success as a result of some the best marketing and viral campaigns which have made it a part of the American drinking culture. Made from Canada, it went from a long name associated with a doctor to the sick meme worthy name that we have all come to love. Commonly referred to as Fireball Whiskey, Cinnamon Whiskey or just Fireball – the official name of the drink according to the manufacturing company Sazerac is Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey.
Fireball became huge in Nashville, which was the first location of the Richard Pomes-led marketing campaign of the manufacturing company. From there it spread its reach and dragon claws into American college towns and even into the lives of our supposedly innocent grandmas.