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Hellfire Drink recipe

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Get ready to feel the burn with our Hellfire drink recipe! This fiery combo of grain alcohol and DeKuyper Hot Damn 100 cinnamon schnapps will awaken your taste buds and leave you wanting more. Don't forget to strain out any fruit pieces with a handy kitchen strainer. Perfect for adventurous adult beginners looking to spice up their bartending skills!

Hellfire Ingredients

Hellfire Equipment

  • kitchen strainer - dispose of fruit pieces

Hellfire Recipe

  1. fill a shaker halfway with ice cubes to cool the ingredients properly
  2. shake till perfectly chilled
  3. serve in glass

How to Make a Hellfire Cocktail: Recipe and Variations

As a professional bartender, I have made countless cocktails over the years, but one that never fails to impress is the Hellfire cocktail. This spicy, cinnamon-infused drink is a favorite among many, and for good reason. In this article, I will discuss the popularity, ingredient roles, how to garnish, variations, common mistakes when making, and more about the Hellfire cocktail.


The Hellfire cocktail has become increasingly popular over the years, especially in the United States. Its history and origins are a bit unclear, but it is believed to have originated in the southern region of the US. The cocktail is famous for its spicy kick and cinnamon flavor, which makes it a perfect drink for cold winter nights. It is an ideal cocktail for those who love a little heat in their drinks.

The Hellfire cocktail has a unique appearance that is sure to impress your guests. The bright red color of the cocktail comes from the DeKuyper Hot Damn 100 cinnamon schnapps, which is the primary ingredient. The cocktail is often served in a rocks glass with ice, and a cinnamon stick is used as a garnish.

Ingredient Roles

As mentioned earlier, the primary ingredient in the Hellfire cocktail is the DeKuyper Hot Damn 100 cinnamon schnapps. This schnapps is what gives the drink its signature cinnamon flavor and spicy kick. The grain alcohol is used as a base to provide the necessary alcohol content.

How to Garnish

Garnishing the Hellfire cocktail is relatively easy. Once the cocktail is prepared, take a cinnamon stick and place it in the glass. The cinnamon stick not only adds to the appearance of the drink but also enhances the cinnamon flavor. If you are feeling adventurous, you can also add a small slice of fresh ginger to the glass.


Like any cocktail, the Hellfire can be made into different variations to suit individual preferences. Below are some of the variations that can be made:

Virgin/Mocktail Version

For those who do not consume alcohol, a Virgin Hellfire cocktail can be made. Replace the grain alcohol with ginger ale or soda water and omit the DeKuyper Hot Damn 100 cinnamon schnapps. This version can be garnished with a cinnamon stick and a slice of fresh ginger.

Gluten-Free Version

The Hellfire cocktail is gluten-free, but the DeKuyper Hot Damn 100 cinnamon schnapps may not be. If you are gluten intolerant, you can substitute the schnapps with Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey. This whiskey is gluten-free and provides the same cinnamon flavor with a slightly lower alcohol content.

Vegan Version

The Hellfire cocktail is vegan-friendly as all the ingredients used are plant-based.

Keto Version

For those on a keto diet, the Hellfire cocktail can still be enjoyed. Replace the DeKuyper Hot Damn 100 cinnamon schnapps with Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey and use a sugar-free sweetener instead of sugar.

Low-Calorie Version

To make a low-calorie version, use diet lemon-lime soda instead of grain alcohol and regular soda. This version is also perfect for those who want to limit their alcohol intake.

More Variations

There are numerous variations that can be made to the Hellfire cocktail. For example, you can add a dash of lime juice for a slightly tangy flavor. You can also add a splash of orange juice to give the cocktail a citrusy taste.

Common Mistakes When Making

Like any cocktail, there are common mistakes that can be made when preparing the Hellfire. One of the most common mistakes is using too much DeKuyper Hot Damn 100 cinnamon schnapps. This can overpower the cocktail and make it too spicy. Another mistake is not properly straining the cocktail. Make sure to use a kitchen strainer to remove any fruit pieces.

In conclusion, the Hellfire cocktail is a delicious and spicy drink that can be enjoyed in numerous variations. Whether you are looking for a vegan-friendly option or a low-calorie version, there is a Hellfire cocktail for everyone. So, the next time you are hosting a party, impress your guests by serving them a fiery Hellfire cocktail. Cheers!

If you are going to order Hellfire in a bar, don’t forget to mention all the ingredients to the bartender. Hellfire can be served with different ingredients in different places.