Last week, Nashville emigree and Nashville star Hayden Panettiere was a guest on the Chelsea Lately show on the E! network. During her segment, Panettiere complained that here was no liquor in the green room, but fortunately had brought her own bottle of Fireball, the ubiquitous cinnamon whiskey that dominates the Nashville shot market. In fact, Music City leads the nation in Fireball consumption, per capita, en toto, however you want to judge it.
Like her alter ego Juliette Barnes, Panettiere does what she wants when she wants to and invited host Chelsea Handler to do a shot of the fiery liqueur with her. After knocking back what did not appear to be her first swallow of Fireball of the day, Panettiere agreed with Handler's assessment of Nashville as "one big drinking city." It sure doesn't look like she'll be doing anything to harm that reputation as long as she's in town.
Speaking of Fiiiyuuuurrrbaawwwwllll! (as it's pronounced in Lower Broad honky tonks), they are the presenting sponsors along with DrinkMusicCity.com of a New Year's Eve party benefiting the W.O. Smith School and The Phoenix Club. The Fire Ball will feature heavy hor d'oeuvres served throughout the evening as well as a top-shelf open bar and a Whisper Creek coffee bar. At midnight, Puckett's Grocery will roll out a full breakfast buffet to help sober up partygoers before the drive home. (But seriously, arrange a ride beforehand. It's a Fireball party after all.)
Tickets are $100/person and are expected to sell out, so head to the event website to buy your tickets to the ball before it's too late.