Fireball is more versatile than you might think. You can make a cozy Hot Toddy with Fireball, which is perfectly acceptable for sipping in mixed company during the fall or winter or strangely cold spring day. You can mix it with Rumchata and Kahlúa for a creamy after dinner drink. You can even use it to spike Eggnog and serve it to the whole (over 21) family on Christmas. But Fireball shots are another question. Here are the right times and the wrong times for a round of Fireball shots.
You’re already being that group with your sashes and custom t-shirts and choreographed dances, so go ahead and get that platter of Fireball shots. Adjust your #Squad trucker hat, let out a loud “Woo!” and know that you are absolutely doing exactly what you are supposed to be doing at that moment in time.
The Wrong Time: At a Family Dinner
If you’re out bonding with your family at a nice restaurant, stick to wine or beer or a classy cocktail. Do not order a round of Fireball shots for you and your closest kin—even if grandma says she’s up for it.
The Right Time: Saturday Night at a Club
It’s getting late and you need a little pick-me-up to help you keep grooving through the night. Grab a friend and order a sweet, sweet shot of liquid cinnamon energy.
The Wrong Time: Saturday Night at a Fancy Cocktail Bar
It’s getting late and you need a little pick-me-up to help you keep chatting like a sophisticated drinker through the night. Opt for a nice amaro cocktail or perhaps a riff on an Irish Coffee. Do not ask the gentleman behind the bar wearing a bowtie and arm bands for a shot of Fireball. That’s a surefire(ball) way to be politely asked to leave.
The Right Time: At a Florida Georgia Line Show
Those boys can’t stop singing about Fireball, so how can you resist? You know the bar almost certainly has a two-for-one special, anyway.
The Wrong Time: At a Yo-Yo Ma Show
Have a glass of Chardonnay instead. This rule also goes for performances by artists such as Bela Fleck, the San Francisco Symphony, Pink Martini, the Grand Siberian Orchestra and generally anything your father listens to in the car.
The Right Time: At a Kitsch, Fake Dive Bar
If the bartenders and servers are wearing “flair” and the walls are covered in clever license plates and signs that say things like “The Soup of the Day Is Beer,” then it is perfectly acceptable and even expected for you to order Fireball shots. Heck, order a round for the whole bar and become an instant hero.
The Wrong Time: At a Real, Down and Dirty Dive Bar
Stick to real whiskey. Trust us.
The Right Time: Your Birthday
It’s your birthday, and if you love Fireball then you get Fireball, you special birthday person. You even have the right to order it and make someone else pay for it.
The Wrong Time: The Birth of Your Child
The doctor doesn’t want a swig of your pocket Fireball bottle. Why do you even have that? Are you totally sure you’re ready to be a parent?