15 Best Drinks To Mix With Fireball, Ranked

Fireball: for many, the word either makes them want a drink or have a gag-inducing, bathroom floor memory they'd like to erase. The famous cinnamon whisky is known for its smooth, sweet flavor and subsequent fiery burn — hence the company's tagline, "Tastes like heaven, burns like hell."

According to Liquor.com, Fireball has been manufactured in Canada since the 1980s, which is why it's a "whisky" and not a "whiskey" (there's a difference). Since then, the spirit has become wildly popular for shots or spicy mixed drinks. Made with real cinnamon, Fireball pairs well with a variety of flavors — just think of all of the things you'd put cinnamon in, and then consider using Fireball instead. Okay, maybe baking Fireball snickerdoodles or mixing it into you mole would be a step too far ... but any drink you could imagine with a cinnamon twist is a good candidate for spiking with the spicy spirit. (And if you want to go above and beyond, we have a recipe to make Fireball yourself.)

Check out this list of mixers, helpfully ranked from best to worst, for your next no-fuss cinnamon-flavored cocktail.

1. Coke

Pick any liquor or spirit, stir it into a cold Coke, and it'll probably taste okay. However, when mixed with Fireball the soda is doing more than just covering up the alcohol, as the spicy flavor of Fireball complements the sugary sweetness of cola. The key here — as with any drink — is to maintain the proper alcohol-to-mixer ratio. Fireball recommends using three parts cola for ever one part whisky, poured over ice, giving you a mix that isn't too heavy on the cinnamon, but still allows the spice to shine through.

If you want to get a bit fancier than a plain old Coca-Cola, try a vanilla or cherry (or even, dare we say it, cherry vanilla) cola mixed with Fireball. These flavors will compliment the cinnamon for a fizzy cocktail that's either warm and subtly floral or pleasantly fruity.

2. Apple Cider

While autumn is a beloved season due to its colorful scenery and mild weather, what many really love about this time of year are all of the flavors associated with it. There's pumpkin, of course, plus other comforting, cozy fall flavors like caramel, maple, nutmeg, cinnamon, and apple. As a cinnamon-infused whisky, Fireball is included in a ton of fall-themed drinks, but we think it's perfect mixed with apple cider.

Blogger Grumpy's Honeybunch recommends sourcing fresh, local apple cider if possible, as you can really taste the difference. However, if you don't happen to live near an orchard (or want to drink it out of season), a store-bought jug of the stuff is just fine. While you can drink the mix over ice, it is also perfect served warm on a cold day. Simply heat up your desired amount of apple cider and pour in a shot of Fireball for a cozy treat.

3. Hard cider

The Fireball website conveniently lists a variety of drink recipes for those who are looking for a new way to mix up the whisky, and one recipe in particular that caught our eye is called Angry Balls. The drink gets its name from its two simple ingredients: Angry Orchard hard cider and (of course) Fireball whisky.

While similar to the mix named above, hard cider is more crisp, tart, and bubbly than apple cider, giving the drink more of a kick. ( Also, we probably don't need to tell you this, but hard cider won't be the best heated up, so if you're looking for a warm cocktail, stick to the booze-free kind and spike it yourself.) Naturally, you can feel free to use any hard cider you choose if you have a go-to brand or a few cans kicking around your fridge. Angry Orchard also makes a variety of hard cider flavors, so feel free to get experimental.

4. Lemonade

Since its flavors are typically strong, lemonade is often chosen to cover the sharp taste of alcohol, but this can be a bad thing if you're not looking to mask a flavor, so much as compliment it. As Fireball also has a distinct, strong flavor, the two are easily balanced, creating a refreshingly sour and spicy spiked drink.

There are a few different ways to go about this combo, depending on your lemonade preference. Fireball suggests keeping it simple and mixing three parts lemonade with one part Fireball, poured over ice. To shake it up a bit, the brand also has a recipe for the drink frozen. It's basically the same exact steps, but blended. If you're looking for something to balance the tartness of the drink (or just love the look of pink lemonade) Delish advises you to stir in a couple of tablespoons of grenadine.

5. Ginger beer or ginger ale

First, we should note that ginger beer and ginger ale are two different drinks; Ginger beer is made of fermented ginger, while ginger ale is ginger-flavored carbonated water. Though ginger beer has more of that spicy fresh ginger taste and ginger ale is usually sweeter, they both make for pretty good Fireball mixers.

Moscow mules are a popular cocktail, typically consisting of ginger beer, lime, and vodka. According to the Fireball website, swapping in the cinnamon whisky will take the spiced drink to the next level. If you find the taste of ginger beer to be a bit overpowering, consider using ginger ale instead. Ordering a simple Fireball and ginger at the bar is a sweet, simple take on the classic whiskey ginger and an easy way to dull the burn of the spiced whisky.

You can also go fancy and add other flavors to the mix. Blogger The Toasty Kitchen shares a citrusy recipe that includes some triple sec and a sugared rim, while Fireball recommends adding a splash of pineapple juice to your Fireball mule.

6. Cream Soda

When it comes to taste, Fireball's most detectable component is of course cinnamon, and as such, most of the mixers people combine with it tend to have flavors that go well with the spice. Featuring the classic combination of vanilla and cinnamon, Fireball is delicious mixed with cream soda, which has a distinct flavor that pairs well with the whisky (via Bon Appétit).

Cream soda's sweet vanilla flavor and smooth, creamy finish balance the sharp, spicy burn of Fireball perfectly. Simply combine one part Fireball with three parts cream soda over ice, as suggested on the Fireball website, for a sweet cocktail, or turn the drink into a smooth and spiced shot. Delish takes the same basic recipe but pours it into shot glasses instead of over ice, and then tops the whole thing with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

7. Pineapple Juice

You might be thinking that whisky and pineapple don't exactly sound like complementary flavors — let alone cinnamon whisky. However, pineapple juice has a super potent, sweet flavor and the addition of a little Fireball gives it a subtle cinnamon kick. The Fireball website shares a recipe called Char'd Pineapple, which is simply pineapple juice and Fireball mixed together at a two to one ratio. It can be served as a shot or in a glass over ice for a sweet and subtly spicy drink.

Tipsy Bartender takes the Fireball and pineapple combo to the next level with the additions of rum and grenadine. This mix makes for a vibrant cocktail that is tropical, tangy, and fairly strong,

8. RumChata

For many kids, the best part of eating cereal is slurping up the sugary milk leftover at the end. Now that you're an adult, you might feel too old to drink the cereal milk at the bottom of you bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch (you're not), but if you're looking to recreate those flavors in a decidedly adult way, you need to try RumChata and Fireball. The next time you're at a bar, order a round of these for your friends, and watch as even the most adamant Fireball-hater is converted.

If you want to make the drink yourself at home, it really couldn't get much easier, as A Couple Cooks shares the ratio is equal parts of each drink. If you've got the ingredients and are feeling fancy, feel free to line the rim of your shot glasses with cinnamon and sugar. If you're looking to make the mix into a cocktail rather than a shot, simply pout it over ice. And if you're looking to really lean into the cereal milk aspect, Delish lines their glasses with vanilla frosting and crushed Cinnamon Toast Crunch, and tops the whole thing with whipped cream and more cereal.

9. Baileys Irish Cream

When you think of Baileys, you probably think of Irish coffee or an espresso martini, but this creamy, sweet liqueur can be stirred into much more than coffee. While classic Baileys, which contains both chocolate and vanilla flavors, will combine well with Fireball's spicy-cinnamon taste, we feel Baileys Vanilla Cinnamon pairs pretty nicely as well.

While simply combining the two ingredients in equal parts works, in a YouTube video bar owner MrFredenza shares three shots that mix Fireball and Baileys: a french toast shot made Baileys, Fireball, and butterscotch schnapps; a pumpkin pie shot made with Baileys, Fireball, and vanilla vodka, topped with a pinch of cinnamon and whipped cream; and a Cinnamon Dolce shot, made with Baileys, Fireball, and Kahlua.

10. Tea

The New York Times notes that there are really no rules when it comes to the ingredients for a hot toddy other than whiskey, a sweetener, and hot water — you can include lemon, apple, or whichever spices you desire. Make it with herbal tea for a real cold buster or keep things classic with a cinnamon stick.

Using Fireball in your hot toddy is a great way to add a boost of flavor with no additional ingredients — all you really need is Fireball, hot water, and a lemon slice. This is also one of the less-sugary ways to enjoy Fireball on our list, depending upon how (and if) you choose sweeten the drink. The result is a steaming, citrusy cocktail that will leave you feeling warm and only a little buzzed, in a good way.

11. Hot Chocolate

You have probably noticed that Fireball is often considered a good drink for cold weather. (After all, it was created in chilly Canada for a reason!) As such, it is popular for Fireball to make its way into spiked hot chocolate for cozy, snowy nights. The sweet, cinnamon flavor mixes well with creamy hot chocolate, leaving behind a pleasant fiery burn with each sip.

Lemons for Lulu spikes their hot chocolate with that cinnamon-y, sugary combination of RumChata and Fireball mentioned above for a sweeter take on the drink. You can also lean into Fireball's spicy flavor, spiking a mug of Mexican hot chocolate, which usually includes a bit of cinnamon (via Food Network).

If these recipes sound too complex for your cozy night in, you can always make a boozy hot chocolate using a regular old packet of Swiss Miss — no judgements! Simply pour your desired amount of Fireball into your mug of hot chocolate.

12. Coffee

You've heard of combining coffee and Baileys, and we told you how great Fireball and Baileys is, but have you ever tried mixing coffee and Fireball? Allow us to enlighten you. While at first it might sound strange, the combination is really not very different from your classic Irish coffee, only less creamy. Simply pouring a shot of Fireball into a hot mug of coffee will give your brew a pleasant cinnamon note. (And if you're missing that creamy element, feel free to add Baileys or you favorite creamer to the mix.)

If you're more of an iced coffee kind of person, blogger Dad With a Pan combines Fireball with cold brew and milk for a drink that is creamy, cold, and soothing. The Fireball website also has a chilled Fireball and coffee recipe, which it suggests serving as a shot.

13. Lemon-lime Soda

7-Up or Sprite are usually the go-to mixers when you can't decide what to get, or if you just want something easy that won't taste terrible. Hence, the bar classic 7&7, which traditionally consists of 7-Up and Seagram's 7 Crown blended whiskey (via Seagrams7). However, the sweet-tasting Seagram's 7 whiskey has a "creamy vanilla finish," whereas Fireball is known for its cinnamon kick, so you might be wondering if a citrusy soda will still taste good with the more spicy whisky.

We're here to tell you that the combo is still a winner when you swap sweet Seagram's for Fireball, making a drink dubbed the Fireball & 7. If you're looking for something a little more jazzed-up than a lemon-lime soda spiked with Fireball, you can easily turn the mix into a punch with the addition of apple juice concentrate. Simple Joy conveniently suggests keeping the concentrate frozen, which chills the drink for you.

14. Orange Juice

When it comes to mixers, orange juice is a staple on many a bar cart. There's a long list of classic drinks that include orange juice, like the screwdriver, tequila sunrise, and mimosa ... but are you familiar with its beefed-up cousin, the Man-mosa? The Man-mosa, according to Fireball, is essentially just a mimosa with a shot of Fireball added in. Instead of tasting light and crisp, this drink has a serious bite to it can turn your casual brunch into a rager.

In addition to the bubbly brunch drink, you can always keep it simple and leave out the champagne for a classic two ingredient cocktail. And while Fireball mixed with orange juice is great on its own, you can also turn it into a riff on an old fashioned. To make the cocktail, Hy-Vee adds a little maple syrup to the Fireball and orange juice mix. Top it off with a cherry and an orange peel, and enjoy in your most elegant armchair.

15. Hot Sauce

This one is a bit of a bonus, but yes, you read that right. There are people in the world who are voluntarily mixing hot sauce and Fireball — and they're drinking it. While hot sauce isn't technically a drink (depending on who you ask, we guess), Fireball's hot sauce and whisky recipe is too notable not to share. This daunting shot is appropriately named Dragon's Blood, as it's guaranteed to burn.

The Fireball recipe is for a shot, and we definitely do not suggest trying it as a regular sized drink no matter how daring you might be. The recipe is sort of open-ended, consisting of a shot of Fireball with as much or as little hot sauce as you like. This drink is dead last in our ranking because, if we're being honest, there's no way that this tastes good. We would be surprised if someone took a Dragon's Blood shot and said "let's do another," but it is one of those drinks serious spice lovers should try at least once!