Non-Alcoholic Firewhiskey


A while back I had to make drinks for a Harry Potter Club meeting, but all the recipes I found for firewhiskey involved either hot sauce, alcohol, or both. We were all underage, and carbonated Tabasco doesn't appeal to me, so I created this. We Muggles enjoyed it immensely, and I hope you will too. This goes great with any other Harry Potter-themed food. I made 'Cockroach Clusters,' 'Pumpkin Pasties,' and vegetable wands. Good for cold days as well.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
12 hrs
Total Time:
12 hrs 10 mins
4 quarts


  • 1 (2 liter) bottle ginger ale

  • 1 (2 inch) piece fresh ginger root, peeled and sliced

  • ½ 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

  • 1 drop red food coloring, or desired color


  1. 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.

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

Cook's Notes:

Let steep for as long as desired, then remove and discard. A half hour will result in a pleasant tingle. For truly hot firewhiskey, 4-5 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.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

40 Calories
10g Carbs
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 32
Calories 40
% Daily Value *
Sodium 9mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 4%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 9g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 2mg 0%
Potassium 3mg 0%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.