Fireball whiskey was been banned in many European countries due to one of its ingredients – propylene glycol, an additive that is also used to make antifreeze and can be toxic if consumed in copious amounts. However, the U.S. FDA doesn’t seem to agree, calling the additive “relatively safe.”
Apparently, Americans love their Fireball too much to care that the substance may be harmful. If you don’t identify with the red, white and blue spirit on this subject, don’t worry. We’ve got you covered on a DIY recipe for Fireball… sans the additive.
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: n/a
Total Time: 7 days
Servings: makes a 750 ml bottle
1 750 ml bottle of whiskey
6 cinnamon sticks
¾ oz. Maple syrup
6 sugar cubes
optional: 5 dried chillies
1. Combine whiskey, cinnamon sticks and maple syrup in a large mason jar, stirring gently.
2. Cover jar and let it sit in a cool, dark space for 5 days.
3. After 5 days, open jar and add chillies. Cover and shake to combine. Let jar sit for 2 more days.
4. After 7 total days, strain mixture to remove cinnamon sticks and dried chillies.
We realize that this recipe takes a while – okay, more than a while – but it’s an easy and promising solution for those who cringe at the thought of toxic Fireball. And last time I checked my calendar we have 6 more days until Georgetown Day, which means you have an extra day to gather all these ingredients and start mixing.
Inspired by PopSugar’s “Make Your Own Fireball Whiskey” article.
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