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Cinnamon Toast Crunch Shot Recipe

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Cinnamon toast crunch shot is the perfect winter shot. It is delectably sweet and very creamy in taste with the kick of fireball whiskey. It will get you fired up in lethargic weather and will get you high with some spruced up holiday spirit with friends.

If you are thinking of making one, here is everything that you should know about cinnamon toast crunch. 

homemade cinnamon toast crunch shot

What is cinnamon toast crunch shot?

Cinnamon toast crunch shot is one of the many rumchata drinks. It has a distinct sweet taste thanks to the creamy rumchata and the cinnamon and sugar mix and a subtle kick from fireball whiskey.

It is like the sweet cinnamon toast crunch cereal of our childhood. If you do not want the fireball whiskey, you can just turn it up into a yummy dessert cocktail. 

What is in a cinnamon toast crunch shot?

There are two basic ingredients in a cinnamon toast crunch: RumChata liqueur and cinnamon whiskey or also called as fireball. The RumChata is creamy and sweet on its own and the Fireball is not that overpowering. There is also a cinnamon and sugar mix where the shot will take more sweetness when drunk. 

Some also add vodka or an additional vanilla whiskey to it for a more powerful drink. Others use crushed cinnamon toast crunch cereal for the rim instead of just plain cinnamon and sugar. For a sweeter outcome, some add cinnamon syrup. 

What is Fireball?

Fireball cinnamon whisky is produced by the Sazerac company, a Canada-based distiller and candy company. This whisky is blended with sweeteners and cinnamon producing a sweet whisky with a fiery aftertaste.

It contains 33% of alcohol which is 20% less the standard of alcohol content in whiskeys. It is one of the two major ingredients of the cinnamon toast crunch shot. 

Now, here is some pro tip for the Fireball. If you want more fire and spice in your cinnamon toast crunch, store your fireball at room temperature. But if you want a milder spice, refrigerate it for an hour before mixing it with the RumChata.

Adding some cinnamon syrup for greater punch is good for the milder whiskey spice too. 

What is Rumchata?

The name rumchata is derived from horchata which is a creamy, popular beverage in Spain, consumed mainly during summer. Rumchata is also a creamy liqueur which is made from Wisconsin real dairy cream, five-times distilled Caribbean rum, cinnamon, sugar, vanilla, and other undisclosed spices and ingredients. It contains 13.75% alcohol. 

Rumchata is mainly used in making creamy cocktails. Some famous rumchata drinks would be the Cinnamon Bun cocktail, Cinnamon Grahams drink, Mississippi Mud Pie Martini and Cookie shots. 

Rumchata substitute

You would find that there are more than twenty RumChata substitutes that you can use for cinnamon toast crunch recipes. Here is a rundown of what you can alternatively use for RumChata: 

  • Mangaroca Batida de Coco
  • Ricura
  • Ponche Kuba
  • Sangster’s Rum Cream
  • Bailey’s Irish Cream
  • Orovana Rum Cream Liqueur
  • Wray and Nephew Rum Cream
  • Tippy Cow Shamrock Mint
  • Blue Chair Bay Key Lime Rum Cream

How to make a cinnamon toast crunch shot

how to make cinnamon toast crunch shot

Making a cinnamon toast crunch shot is easy breezy. All you will need would be a low-ball glass, a jigger, a shaker, and a strainer. If you have Fireball whiskey on your stash, just buy some RumChata. If you have these two lying around, you are just a cinnamon and sugar mixture away from making your own cinnamon toast crunch at home.  

  1. Prepare a low-ball glass and wet the rim with water. 
  2. Next, roll the glass’ rim in the cinnamon and sugar mixture. 
  3. In a shaker, mix Rumchata, vanilla whiskey, and fireball. 
  4. Drop some ice cubes and shake continuously for two minutes. 
  5. Strain the mixture into the rimmed glass. 
  6. Serve cold and enjoy. 

A few tips

Before you go all in with that cinnamon toast crunch shot, here are some few tips about this holiday shot that you should know of. 


Is cinnamon toast crunch shot bad for you?

When consumed in moderation, cinnamon toast crunch shot is not bad. However, if you depend all your happy hours on it, it can cause a blood sugar spike. Both the RumChata and the Fireball whiskey have loads of sugar in them.

Other than that, there have been issues on Fireball having propylene glycol which can be harmful to people. 

Is it bad to drink cinnamon toast crunch shots every day?

Well, Fireball is still alcohol. Drinking it everyday without moderation is still bad for your health. Other than that, whiskey still has carbs and sugar in it. And as we have just narrowed down RumChata is also packed with sugars so have that everyday and you will get closer to developing diabetes or cardiovascular diseases.

There is a reason why cinnamon toast crunch is made perfect for the holidays and occasional happy hours. Do not over consume. 

How long does a cinnamon toast crunch shot last?

Normally, cinnamon toast crunch does not last that long because well, it really tastes good. Its two major ingredients are known for their longevity too. Fireball whiskey can last indefinitely if it’s unopened.

When opened, it could last for at least a year. RumChata on the other hand could last for nine months. Imagine how many cinnamon toast crunch shots you can make in a year, right? 

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Easy Cinnamon Toast Crunch Shot Recipe

Easy Cinnamon Toast Crunch Shot Recipe

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

The good thing about this interestingly creamy shot is that you can prepare it in just 5mins. Here is an all-time cinnamon toast crunch shot recipe that you can whip up now. 


  • 3 oz RumChata
  • 1 oz vanilla whiskey
  • 0.5 oz fireball whiskey
  • Cinnamon sugar mix


  1. Prepare a low-ball glass and wet the rim with water. 1 step 1 cinnamon toast crunch shot 1
  2. Next, roll the glass’ rim in the cinnamon and sugar mixture. 2 step 2 cinnamon toast crunch shot
  3. In a shaker, mix Rumchata, vanilla whiskey, and fireball. 3 step 4 cinnamon toast crunch shot3 step 5 cinnamon toast crunch shot
  4. Drop some ice cubes and shake continuously for two minutes. 3 step 3 cinnamon toast crunch shot4 step 1 cinnamon toast crunch shot
  5. Strain the mixture into the rimmed glass. 5 step 1 cinnamon toast crunch shot6 step 1 cinnamon toast crunch shot
  6. Serve cold and enjoy.

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Nutrition Information
Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 115Saturated Fat 2gCholesterol 68mgSodium 17mgCarbohydrates 9gSugar 8gProtein 3g

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