By Richard Thomas
The boozy liquid candy known as Fireball Cinnamon Whisky has taken America by storm, and spawned a gaggle of imitators. Maybe that popularity has left you curious about what the fuss is all about, but at the same time the way your fellow whiskey-drinking friends scoff at Fireball as the thing only sorority girls drink deters you from ordering a cheap shot at the bar.
The answer to that dilemma is making cinnamon whiskey at home. It’s easier than you think, and by going DIY on cinnamon whiskey you also get to choose the base spirit to work with. Given that Fireball is based on cheap Canadian whisky and many other examples aren’t much better, even that basic, mass market mixer-grade bottle on your shelf might produce something better than what you can get at the liquor store.
Take a mason jar or something similar, and put half a dozen cinnamon sticks in. Fill the jar with the bourbon, Scotch, Irish whiskey, rye whiskey, corn whiskey, moonshine or other whiskey type of your choice, and seal the top. Store in a cool, dark place for one to two weeks. Remove the cinnamon sticks, and then strain the whiskey to remove any debris that might have peeled off the sticks. You now have homemade cinnamon whiskey.