How to Make Cinnamon Whiskey | a Copycat version of Fireball Whiskey

This tutorial on how to make cinnamon whiskey, or homemade fireball, is easy. This DIY cinnamon whiskey recipe is full in flavor and quite enjoyable.

Justin is a hot tamales candy junkie. He also enjoys the occasional cinnamon whiskey whiskey on ice, which is what prompted me to make this cinnamon whiskey recipe.

A carpenter enjoys the opportunity to construct the most beautiful something-or-another. Much like a food preserver, cook from scratch, creator of all things tasty individuals will do for food or beverages.

It’s the thrill of the challenge. The ability to create something perfect, if not better.

DIY Cinnamon Whiskey

As mentioned, Justin is a hot tamales, atomic fireball, spicy cinnamon junkie. This also applies to how he likes his cinnamon whiskey.

For this very reason I decided to create a cinnamon whiskey which was stronger and more enjoyable in flavor than the brand Fireball. There is no hint of cinnamon in this cinnamon whiskey recipe, but a full flavored cinnamon flavored alcohol.

How did the homemade Fireball turn out? Outstanding and quite enjoyable.

Homemade Liqueurs and Infused Alcohol

Homemade liqueurs and infused alcohols are extremely easy to make, and are better in flavor than the name brand. Aside from making this cinnamon whiskey recipe try your hand at making the following adult beverages.

Homemade Apple Pie Moonshine

Cocktail Mixers

In addition to learning how to make cinnamon whiskey and the items mentioned above, shrubs are excellent to make. In short, shrubs are drinking vinegars and can be consumed as an ingredient for an adult cocktail or a mocktail for children.

How to Make Cinnamon Whiskey

The ingredient for infusing alcohol with candy is extremely simple. However, I prefer to use hard candies over soft. The reasoning is simple, hard candies dissolve much easier and cleaner than soft candies.

Hard or Soft Candies

Soft candies take a longer time to dissolve, and often not all of it will dissolve. Because of this it is necessary to strain the infused alcohol prior to consuming the beverage.

There are two recipes which work great in making a cinnamon whiskey. Of course, one recipe is instant whereas the other takes a few weeks to infuse properly.

Whiskey and Alcohol Proof

One last tip, to make this recipe shelf stable 80 proof alcohol or higher must be used. Anything less than 80 proof will require the cinnamon whiskey recipe to be stored in the freezer or refrigerator.

This recipe does not call for an expensive whiskey, and I would encourage you to use the type of whiskey you would normally consume. Justin prefers a smooth whiskey and for that we use Maker’s Mark or Jameson Irish whiskey.

Gifting

Larger batches for homemade cinnamon whiskey, or homemade Fireball, can be gifted in multiple manners:

Regardless of how it is gifted the receiver will enjoy the full flavor found in this cinnamon whiskey recipe.

two steps for making this diy cinnamon whiskey

Homemade Cinnamon Whiskey using Hard Candy

This recipe calls for the use of cinnamon hard candies, however, hot tamales can also be used.

Ingredients

  • 5 atomic fireballs per pint, 9 for each quart, or more to your liking
  • 2 cups of whiskey per pint
  • 750 mL whiskey, 80 proof or higher

Equipment

Instructions

  1. In a pint or quart size mason jar add the appropriate amount of whiskey and cinnamon hard candies. Add the plastic lid to the jars.
  2. Shake the mason jars throughout the day until the hard candies have completely melted into the whiskey. This process can take a full day.
  3. Once the candies are thoroughly melted, package for gifting or store in a cool dark location, in the freezer or refrigerator.

How to make cinnamon whiskey with hard candy is a quick and simple process, and one which will be enjoyed throughout the year.

hard candy infusing in whiskey to make the perfect cinnamon whiskey recipe.

Dried Chili Peppers and Cinnamon Sticks

Unlike infusing whiskey with hard candy, The process of using dried chili peppers and cinnamon sticks will take much longer to infuse. Regardless, this method also creates an outstanding cinnamon whiskey flavor.

Simple syrup is called for in this recipe, however, it can be left out. The option to not use simple syrup will not create a smooth infused alcohol.

Ingredients

  • 750 mL whiskey of choice
  • 10 Ceylon cinnamon sticks
  • 8 dried chili peppers, whole (less for a milder flavor)
  • 6 ounce simple syrup, see the notes

Equipment

  • 2 quart size mason jars
  • plastic lid for jars

Instructions

  1. Make the simple syrup and allow the mixture to cool completely prior to beginning the infusion.
  2. In each quart size mason jar add 5 Ceylon cinnamon sticks, 4 dried chili peppers (less if you’d like less of a kick), and 3 ounces of the simple syrup. Add the plastic lid to each jar and gently shake the mixture.
  3. Store the mixture in a cool dark location for 5 days, gently shaking the mixture each day.
  4. On the 5th day strain the cinnamon and peppers. For gifting purposes a cinnamon stick can be added to each jar.
Finished product for a homemade Fireball recipe

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Homemade Cinnamon Whiskey | Copycat version of Fireball

This tutorial on how to make cinnamon whiskey, or homemade fireball, is easy. This DIY cinnamon whiskey recipe is full in flavor and quite enjoyable.
Prep Time10 mins
Infusion Time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 10 mins
Course: Beverage
Cuisine: American
Keyword: how to make cinnamon whiskey
Servings: 2 pints
Cost: $27

Equipment

  • 2 regular mouth pint size mason jars, or 1 quart size jar
  • plastic lids, regular mouth jars
  • gifting jars such as this swing top bottle

Ingredients

  • 5 atomic fireballs per pint 9 for each quart, or more to your liking
  • 2 cups of whiskey per pint
  • 750 mL whiskey 80 proof or higher

Instructions

  • In a pint or quart size mason jar add the appropriate amount of whiskey and cinnamon hard candies. Add the plastic lid to the jars.
  • Shake the mason jars throughout the day until the hard candies have completely melted into the whiskey. This process can take a full day.
  • Once the candies are thoroughly melted, package for gifting or store in a cool dark location, in the freezer or refrigerator.

As you can see, how to make cinnamon whiskey is extremely easy. The flavor for this DIY cinnamon whiskey is fuller than the market products due to the amount of hard candies or cinnamon and dried chilies added to the whiskey. Enjoy this recipe or feel free to gift it!

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