Fireball is one of the most misunderstood bottles behind the bar. Self proclaimed “grown-ups” can’t seem to understand that the heavenly and hellish cinnamon whisky is good for more than shots at a bachelorette party (though it is a perfectly acceptable choice of shot at such an occasion). But this Fireball-based lowball will educate those naysayers quick. Lifeguards, submarine captains and extraterrestrial aliens may not be able to see why kids love Cinnamon Toast Crunch, but after one sip of an adult drink that tastes just like the cinnamon-swirl cereal, you’ll be able to see why you should reconsider Fireball as a cocktail ingredient.
Cinnamon Toast Crunch
Mixing Fireball, Rumchata and Kahlúa—all ingredients that have been maligned by fans of simple and dry (read: boring) cocktails—creates a drink that tastes shockingly like liquid Cinnamon Toast Crunch, except subtly boozy. The drink is even made of equal proportions, so it’s just as easy to prepare as a bowl of cereal as you rush to catch your favorite Saturday morning cartoon (yes, we also believe ‘90s cartoons are as timeless as Fireball). Because the drink is all about indulging nostalgia and a wicked sweets craving, we decided to take it a step further and rim the cocktail with the actual cereal. Crush up a small bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch (or just dig out the crushed stuff from the bottom of the box), then rim the glass using cinnamon simple syrup as a spicy-sweet adhesive to apply the crushed cereal bits. It’s your new favorite drink for brunch, dessert and every time in between. Of course, no matter what time of day you drink, you should pair this cocktail with a bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch and some throwback ‘90s entertainment.
- Roll the top of an Old-Fashioned glass in cinnamon syrup.
- Rim the glass with crushed cinnamon toast crunch.
- Pour in equal parts of Fireball, Rumchata and Kahlua, add ice and stir.
- Bring sugar and water to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Add cinnamon sticks and remove from heat. Steep cinnamon sticks until cool, then strain.