Fireball Whisky Facts You Didn’t Know

Fireball Whisky, as the name suggests, delivers a sweet burn as it makes it way down your throat. The cinnamon flavoured Fireball drink originated in Canada, but is rapidly growing in popularity all over the world. However, since it isn’t as popular as other whiskies, there are many aspects of Fireball whisky that many people are unaware about. Let’s take a look at a few lesser-known facts about Fireball whisky:

It’s Not Technically Whisky

As a rule, whisky should contain at least 40% alcohol. Compare this with the Fireball liquor, which has about 33% alcohol, and it cannot be strictly defined as whisky. However, it is commonly known as flavoured whisky and is 66 proof, unlike traditional whisky which is 80 proof.

People Use It for Cooking Purposes

Fireball whisky can be incorporated into a variety of recipes ranging from meatballs to marshmallows. There are a plethora of Fireball liquor recipes that you can find online and try out. It’s known to add distinct flavours to food.

Chris Pratt Is a Big Fan

Fireball Cinnamon Whisky


This unique whisky has managed to impress famous Hollywood actor, Chris Pratt. There is a famous story that illustrates how Pratt once got drunk on Fireball whisky and gave acting lessons. During this drunken session, he also provided some creative advice to his audience about how to convince your spouse and tips for making it in Hollywood.

Fireball Was a Late Bloomer

Though it was invented in the 80’s and has been around since then, it didn’t achieve prominence in the liquor market until the late 2000s. It only gained popularity when brand ambassadors like Sazerac rebranded it for marketing purposes and helped it achieve fame across the border in USA and then worldwide.

It Was Formerly Known As, “Dr. McGillicuddy’s Fireball Cinnamon Whisky”

When Fireball drink was only made in Canada, it was locally known by a different name. It was named after the legendary Aloysius Percival McGillicuddy. It was owned by Seagram’s, who later sold the complete McGillicuddy portfolio to Sazerac. It was after this, that Fireball alcohol achieved fame.

Sazerac Also Owns Pappy Van Winkle

Fireball alcohol’s parent company owns this world-famous, limited-edition bourbon. It’s considered as one of the finest bourbons in the world and is hard to buy because of its extremely rare availability.

There Are a Number of Fireball Varieties

You’ll be surprised to know that the Fireball drink comes in a plethora of flavours. The different types include green apple mixer, apple pie, sour mix, pineapple juice and dragon’s spit, which is Fireball whisky combined with hot sauce. The famous “Firenog” is a blend of cinnamon whisky and eggnog. If you’re feeling a touch fancy, try a Fireball martini.

There’s a Legit Fireball Game

You can download this free game from the Apple app store. It is called, “Dragons, Dice & Dares” and is an adult drinking game that has aspects like participating in light nudity, sharing dirty secrets and various other activities that are common at freshman year parties.

It’s Enjoyed by People Across Different Age Groups

There is a common misconception that Fireball whisky is only popular among people in their 20’s. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Fireball drink is popular amongst the middle-aged and senior demographic as well.

Sales Skyrocketed from $1.9 Million to $61 Million in Just Two Years

In 2011, Fireball drink sold 450,000 cases, which was approximately worth $1.9 million in the USA. Fast forward to 2013, and the sales catapulted greatly to $61 million and even surpassed the famous Jägermeister.

It’s Becoming a Famous Theme in the Country Music Scene

Country music and whisky have always enjoyed a romantic relationship. Tune into any famous song of this genre and you are most-likely to find whisky mentioned at least once in the lyrics. Now, Fireball whisky is gaining prominence and is mentioned in tracks by well-known contemporary artists like Chase Rice and Blake Shelton.

Many Brands Are Replicating the Fireball Whisky

Prominent brands like Jack Daniels and Jim Bean have come-up with their own version of cinnamon whisky since Fireball’s meteoric rise to popularity. Many other individuals have tried to recreate their own version of this recipe in bars and private kitchens. This emphasises the fact that Fireball whisky is becoming more famous with each passing day.

It’s a Huge Money-Maker for Bars

Fireball shots are extremely lucrative for bars as they cost about $5-$18 a shot, depending on the quantity. If you buy a bottle of Fireball liquor from the store it’ll cost only $20. Thus, bars profit a lot from Fireball alcohol.

Florida Georgia Line Holds the Record for Most Fireball Shots

Fireball Whisky

The previous record was held by the greenhouse bar in Nashville, when 4,750 shots were served to customers on St. Patrick’s Day in 2012. The current record was accomplished at a live concert in 2014, where approximately 40,000 people took a group shot. The event as you would have guessed, was sponsored by Fireball.