Non-Alcoholic Firewhiskey

If you're looking for firewhiskey that isn't carbonated Tabasco, try this recipe. Muggles enjoy it immensely and it goes great with Harry Potter-themed food.


4 quarts (32 servings)


1 (2 liter) bottle ginger ale
1 (2 inch) piece fresh ginger root, peeled and sliced
1/2 cup cinnamon red hot candies
2 cinnamon sticks, or more to taste
2 habanero peppers, cut into 6 pieces (wear gloves)
1 (12 fluid ounce) can grapefruit-flavored soda (such as Squirt®), or more to taste (optional)
1 drop red food coloring, or desired color (optional)


Combine the ginger ale, ginger, red hot candies, and cinnamon sticks in a large container; refrigerate until the candies dissolve completely, 8 hours or overnight.

Add the habanero peppers to the ginger ale mixture for 4 hours or desired time; remove and discard peppers*. Serve in small glasses.

Estimated Time

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Total Chill Time: 12 hours

Additional Information

* Let steep for as long as desired, then remove and discard. A half hour will result in a pleasant tingle. For truly hot firewhiskey, 4 to 5 hours is recommended. Of course, using more peppers will result in hotter firewhiskey in less time.

It's a good idea (if you're serving this to guests) to have two different strengths of firewhiskey so that those with more sensitive palates can still enjoy it.

To shorten the process, place peppers in a small amount of water and microwave for 45 seconds, and use this to flavor the drink. It may be less spicy but it's clearly quicker. You could also shred the ginger instead of slicing, but it's hard to remove it afterward.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving: Calories: 40; Total Fat: 0 g; Cholesterol: 0 mg; Sodium: 9 mg; Total Carbs: 10 g; Dietary Fiber: 0.1 g; Protein: 0 g

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