Autumn – from the Latin Autumnus which means end, end of summer or harvest. Tis the season which, in the words of Albert Camus, acts as a second spring, where every leaf is a flower. We have been blessed with warm weather which lasted till mid-November, and now it is getting cold which means many of us are arranging a plethora of dishes and drinks filled with fragrant herbs designed to warm your body from the inside out, including one of my favorite herbs, cinnamon!
Keep in mind, there are some awesome fall favorites frequenting pubs in Springfield such as Pumpkin-Spiced White Russians, cinnamon and vanilla highballs and apple ciders, one of my favorites is the cranberry and cinnamon whiskey sour – it’s a classic holiday recipe sure to keep you and your loved ones toasty. The only thing is I start feeling a little lazy around fall, and the thought of boiling cranberries, cinnamon and sugar in water for 15 minutes does NOT sound appealing. The good news? We have a three (3) ingredient Cranberry and Cinnamon Whiskey Sour recipe which takes no time to make. Fireball Whisky, cranberry juice and lemon juice!
Foods Which Pair Well With Cranberry and Cinnamon Whiskey Sour
Seeing as this is a spicier drink, desserts go great with this cocktail! Pumpkin or apple pie, perhaps a jellied cranberry sauce and even candied yams compliment this drink… but what about the sides and mains?
Chicken wings or rosemary lamb can work with this drink, but not many other mains can hold their taste on your palette with this beverage. Fireball is syrupy, sweet and spicy simultaneously. It has a lot of flavors going on which is why desserts usually go best with this drink. Sticking to the cranberry theme with your sides, such as a cranberry pecan salad with blue cheese would do you well.
But How Does it Taste?
This is a fruity, spicy and festive drink though it is a little thicker than your average spirit. The thing about Fireball Whisky is I am not sure it is whiskey at all. Most whiskey is 88 to 100 proof, and Fireball comes in a dismal last at 66 proof. This means you can drink more of this cocktail than you could a regular whiskey sour and still be standing.
Fireball has also been criticized by highly-opinionated alcohol connoisseurs nationwide, and while it definitely isn’t my favorite drink, it isn’t the worst by a long shot! Besides, this organization made its home in good ol’ Louisiana. I like supporting local establishments…even if I myself am located in Springfield, Mo!
While some people compare Fireball Whisky to cough syrup, I do not. Cough syrup doesn’t have the same effect on me as this beverage does – and besides, I don’t care what people think. It is fall, I feel a bit lethargic, and I am seriously considering eating out at a Springfield restaurant for Thanksgiving just to avoid the dishes. If I AM to stay in my home with my family, I certainly don’t feel spending 20 minutes concocting a beverage when EVERYONE is in the kitchen snacking, cooking and prepping. Give me a fiery drink that will keep me awake long enough for the tryptophan to wear off and I am good!
Wishing you and your family a lovely and food-filled Thanksgiving! And remember to drink responsibly.