‘You know what’ Ron murmured, looking over at the bar with enthusiasm. ‘We could order anything we liked in here. I bet that bloke would sell us anything, he wouldn’t care. I’ve always wanted to try Firewhiskey–‘
‘You – are – a – prefect.’ snarled Hermione.
‘Oh,’ said Ron, the smile fading from his face. ‘Yeah…’
– J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
If you know of cinnamon whiskey, often seen in the form of ‘Fireball’, this might have popped to your mind when you read Harry Potter and heard of Firewhiskey. Inspired by this whiskey (and not really thrilled on paying $50+ when I just wanted a bit), I set out to make Ogden’s Old Fire Whiskey. It’s probably sweeter than Fireball, and no chili kick like some recommend, but it does make it very drinkable!
Place the cinnamon sticks and the brown sugar into a clean bottle with the whiskey (a wide open mouth jar is easier).
Close the lid and give it a shake.
Sit it in a dark cupboard for about a week.
Do a little taste test and adjust sugar if required. If you feel the flavour isn’t strong enough, let sit for another few days and repeat testing.
Strain all the ingredients and pour the flavoured whiskey into a dark sealed bottle.
This Fire Whiskey was inspired by the recipe on FirstWeFeast.com (Inspired by http://firstwefeast.com/drink/diy-fireball-whiskey-recipe-churckey-dc/) (although we left the chili oil, and adjusted measurements) This bottle of ‘Fire Whiskey’ was a sample size/ sample run.