Hot Fireball Apple Cider Cocktail

A Hot Fireball Apple Cider Cocktail is just what you need when the weather turns cold. Wrap your hands around a mug of apple cider, Fireball whiskey, vanilla vodka and a little sugar to take the chill off. Simple to make, delicious to sip and a great cocktail to serve for the holidays.

Mug of warm cider with apples and liquor in background.

I don’t know about you but I love apple cider! I love to drink it, hence my Apple Cider Margarita, and I love to bake with it. Just take a look at my Apple Cider Pound Cake, Apple Cider Doughnuts and Apple Cider Cookies and you’ll see what I mean. This cider cocktail came about form a trip I recently took to Maine. The weather was so chilly, and I was so cold, that I ordered a hot apple cider, spiced with cinnamon, to warm up.  It was so good and worked so well that I had to  share my version with all of you. Believe me, y’all will thank me when winter comes calling.

Overhead of warm apple cider with cinnamon stick garnish apple slices in glass and apples around it.

This drink is super easy to make too and the flavors of the apple cider and cinnamon work amazingly well together. You can make this either by the mugful, for those quiet evenings at home, or by the pitcher for your next get-together. Just warm the cider and add the remaining ingredients. I like to add slices of apple to mine and a cinnamon stick for stirring. It’s also pretty when garnished with anise stars. 

Cold Fireball Cocktail on fall table with leaves anise and cinnamon sticks.

This cinnamon apple cocktail is great hot or cold too! A hot cocktail will warm you up on chilly fall or winter days, while a serving poured over a glass of ice is the perfect drink of summer BBQs. Of course, you need to try it both ways and see which is your favorite. 🙂

Variations

  • Don’t have cider? No problem! You can pair Fireball with coca cola, hot chocolate, coffee, orange juice, ginger beer and even carrot juice.
  • Don’t have Fireball whiskey? You can pair apple cider with rum, bourbon or vodka.
  • Like a little sparkle in your cocktail? Top it off with 7-up, ginger ale, sprite or go all out with a touch of Prosecco.

How to make a Fireball Cider Cocktail

Cocktail ingredients plus pouring cider steps.

  1. Gather the simple ingredients – apple cider, Fireball Whiskey (or any cinnamon flavored whiskey), vanilla vodka and some sugar. The sugar isn’t necessary and can be switched with honey but the sweetness really adds a dimension to the overall drink.
  2. Pour apple cider into a tall mug, about 6 ounces works well.

Adding fireball to cider with bottle next to it.

  1. Add a jigger (1-1/2 oz) of whiskey.  Doesn’t that smell wonderful?

Jigger of vanilla vodka and adding sugar to cider steps.

  1. Add a jigger (1-1/2 oz) of vanilla vodka.
  2. Finish it off with a teaspoon or less of sugar. Stir well.

Mug of warm cider with apples and fall leaves in background.

Once you taste a sip of this amazing fireball apple cider cocktail, not only will you be warmer but you’ll want to make it again and again! I’m planning on serving it to guests on Thanksgiving while I prepare the meal. And it will definitely be on my menu for any Christmas get-togethers. Enjoy!

More warming drink recipes

Irish Coffee is a warm cocktail that’s perfect for cold winter days. It  starts with a cup of hot coffee, some whiskey and a little bit of creamy Irish cream liqueur for a smooth sipper that belongs with you in front of the fire.

Peppermint Patty Coffee Cocktail is a warm coffee cocktail with all the flavor of your favorite peppermint patty candy. Coffee with splashes of creme de cacao, peppermint schnapps and Kahlua makes it the perfect drink to take the chill off.

Spiked Mexican Hot Chocolate is a  rich hot chocolate is flavored with cinnamon, sweetened with marshmallows then kicked up a notch with coffee tequila.

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Hot Fireball Apple Cider Cocktail

A Fireball Apple Cider Cocktail is just what you need when the weather turns cold. Easy to make, delicious to sip & great to serve for the holidays.
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 298kcal
Author: Linda Warren

Ingredients

  • 6 oz apple cider
  • 1 1/2 oz Fireball Whiskey
  • 1 1/2 oz vanilla vodka
  • 1 teaspoon sugar

Instructions

  • Pour apple cider into tall mug.
  • Warm in microwave. You can also warm it prior to adding to mug.
  • Pour in Fireball whiskey.
  • Add vanilla vodka.
  • Stir in 1 teaspoon of sugar. You can also add less if you are not into anything too sweet.
  • For a pretty presentation, add apple slices to mug and a cinnamon stick to stir with.

Notes

Variations

  • Don't have cider? No problem! You can pair Fireball with coca cola, hot chocolate, coffee, orange juice, ginger beer and even carrot juice.
  • Don't have Fireball whiskey? You can pair apple cider with rum, bourbon or vodka.
  • Like a little sparkle in your cocktail? Top it off with 7-up, ginger ale, sprite or go all out with a touch of Prosecco.

Nutrition

Calories: 298kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 172mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg
Hot Fireball Apple Cider Cocktail

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