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Tart and Easy Fireball Sour Recipe | Cinnamon Whisky Sour


This quick and easy Fireball Sour recipe has a delicious cinnamon flavor paired with a bright splash of lemon. YUM! Whether you’re a cocktail newbie or love a classic drink recipe, this fiery cinnamon whisky sour recipe is ready in just minutes! Serve them for all your holiday parties or any time you want a twist on an old favorite.

A close up of a cinnamon whisky sour on a wooden board with Fireball near it.
Let’s make this tasty Fireball Sour recipe!

Why This Recipe Works

This Whisky Sour with Fireball is an easy drink to mix, especially for the holidays when everyone wants to incorporate seasonal ingredients into their cocktails.

Here, cinnamon is the star of the show which makes this a slow sip so you can enjoy the heat going down. It’s a bit spicy but the lemon helps to brighten everything up and cuts the sweetness.

You may be thinking that Fireball isn’t for you. And I get it. To me, it’s like Kahlua which can be used in so many different kinds of recipes.

So while I typically like to keep my home bar small and free of specialty liquors, I make an exception for Fireball.

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This Cinnamon Whisky Sour is a simple recipe and a fun twist on a classic whiskey cocktail recipe.

With just a cocktail shaker, you can make a tasty mixed drink that is great to share with friends and family for any cold weather happy hour or holiday gathering.

Skip the shots (or not, you do you) and make this comforting cocktail. You’re going to love sipping this!


The ingredients to make a Cinnamon Whisky Sour on the counter.
What you need to make a Cinnamon Whisky Sour!

Fireball whisky is the main ingredient. It has slightly less alcohol than traditional whiskey. It is full of cinnamon flavor and a touch of heat that feels comforting.

Fresh lemon juice is a must in this drink. Bottled lemon juice or store-bought sour mix should be used in cocktail emergencies only.

A smidge of simple syrup will keep this yummy. The Fireball is already sweet, so you don’t want to overdo it.

Bitters make everything tastier, so a few dashes will do the trick to help round out all the flavors.

Large ice cubes or spheres will keep this drink cool in your glass without diluting it as quickly. (I didn’t have any ready to go so I used regular ice which is fine too).

How to Make a Fireball Sour

Woman adding Fireball whisky to a cocktail shaker.

1. Add ingredients to a cocktail shaker

Add the Fireball liqueur, lemon juice, and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker.

Woman shaking a cocktail shaker.

2. Shake well

Add ice to the shaker and shake well.

Woman pouring a Fireball Sour cocktail into a short cocktail glass.

3. Strain into the glass

Strain the Fireball Whisky Sour into a short glass with a large ice cube. (I had to use regular ice, no biggie).

4. Finish with bitters

Top with 2 dashes of bitters to add more depth of flavor. Give it a quick stir to incorporate.

5. Garnish

Add a cinnamon stick and/or a lemon peel for garnish. (optional)

Tips And Tricks

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If you don’t want to make your own simple syrup, you can use store-bought simple syrup instead.

Want to make this a little more holiday focused? Try using a little maple syrup instead. Or use another sweetener like agave or honey.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does Fireball taste like?

Fireball tastes like whiskey mixed with cinnamon candies. It’s really sweet with a nice heat on the throat. If you like red hot candies or Atomic Fireballs, you’ll love the way Fireball Cinnamon Whisky tastes.

How Is A Fireball Sour Different Than A Whisky Sour?

The iconic whisky sour is a 3-ingredient concoction of whiskey, lemon juice and simple syrup that’s garnished with a lemon twist and cherry. Here, we’re substituting cinnamon-flavored Fireball whisky for a deliciously spicy version.

Can I leave out the bitters?

Technically, you can. But here’s why you shouldn’t: bitters enhance and intensify all the flavors in the drink, a bit like shining a spotlight on them. Bitters work well in citrus drinks, and here, since lemon is a main ingredient, bitters will help amplify it along with all the flavors of this Cinnamon Whiskey Sour.

A bottle of fireball behind a Cinnamon sour in a cocktail glass with cinnamon stick garnish.

This Fireball Sour recipe is a cocktail that gives you a trifecta of tastes: cinnamon, whisky and bright citrus. It’s an easy drink for the holidays that’s a fiery twist on a whiskey sour.

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Close up of a Fireball Sour cocktail in a glass with a lemon peel wrapped cinnamon stick and a bottle of Fireball behind it.

Fireball Sour Recipe

With just a few ingredients, this Fireball Sour recipe comes together fast and is delicious to sip! With spicy and sweet cinnamon whisky, this is a great holiday cocktail to serve at all your parites and beyond.
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Course: cocktails
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Calories: 160kcal
Servings: 1 cocktail




  • Add Fireball cinnamon whisky, fresh lemon juice, and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker.
  • Add ice and shake well.
  • Strain into a fresh short cocktail glass with ice.
  • Add bitters and give a gentle stir.
  • Garnish, if desired.


Use a large ice cube for serving, if you can, to lessen dilution. 
You can use regular whiskey or bourbon to create a traditional sour without the cinnamon flavor. 
In place of simple syrup, you can use something like maple syrup, honey, or agave.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 160kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 0.1g | Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 9mg | Potassium: 39mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 2IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 1mg
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