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Irish Whiskey Cocktail Recipes

We all know bourbon and rye work great with cocktails, but Irish whiskey is a hidden gem that most people don't fully appreciate. However, it's sweeter, smoother nature compared to other whiskey cousins offers a fantastic opportunity to mix it up into some delicious creations. The folks over at Proper No. Twelve Irish Whiskey seem to agree since they sent over some fantastic recipes for us to share with you guys!

Proper No. Twelve is one of the fastest-growing Irish Whiskey Brands right now and it is relatively unique in that while it is a grain-only Irish Whiskey, the spirit offers a blend of golden grain and single malt that results in a smooth and approachable taste with hints of vanilla, honey-like sweetness, and toasted wood.

knock out

40-Second Knock Out

Created by Sonny Verdini, Bar Manager, TRADE (Boston, MA) 

  • 1.5oz Proper No. Twelve Irish Whiskey
  • 1 cinnamon syrup
  • .75oz house made ginger liquor 
  • .5oz lemon
  • 3 dashes Angostura Bitters

Directions: Shake into a single rocks glass. Garnished with a dehydrated cinnamon-sugar & lemon wheel.

 proper blitz

Proper Champ Champ Blitz

  • 2 parts Proper No. Twelve Irish Whiskey
  • 4 parts Orange Soda
  • 1 orange slice

Directions: Pour Proper No. Twelve over ice. Top with orange soda. Garnish with orange slice.

proper manhattan

Proper Notorious MMA-nhattan

  • 2 oz Proper No. Twelve Irish Whiskey
  • 1 oz sweet vermouth
  • 3 dashes angostura bitters
  • 1 brandied cherry

Directions: Combine Proper No. Twelve Whiskey, sweet vermouth, and bitters into a mixing vessel. Add ice and stir. Strain into a coupe/martini glass. Garnish with a cherry.


proper hot chocolate

Proper HOT Chocolate

  • 1 part Proper No. Twelve Irish Whiskey
  • 4 parts Hot Chocolate

Directions: In a mug, combine hot chocolate and Proper No. Twelve. Top with marshmallows or whipped cream.

 dr proper

Love Dr. Proper

  • 2 parts Proper No. Twelve Irish Whiskey 
  • 3 parts Dr. Soda

Directions: Pour Proper No. Twelve over ice. Top with Dr. Soda.

 proper irish coffee

Proper Irish Coffee

  • 2 oz Proper No. Twelve Irish Whiskey
    4 oz hot coffee
    .75 oz simple syrup
    2-3 oz heavy cream

Directions: In a shaker or jar, shake or whip heavy cream until slightly thickened (not completely stiff). In a mug, add Proper No. Twelve Whiskey, hot coffee, and simple syrup. Stir. Carefully layer on top the thickened heavy cream until it covers the drink. Optional grating of nutmeg on top.

 proper iced coffee

Proper Iced Coffee

  • 1 part Proper No. Twelve Irish Whiskey 
  • 4 parts Cold Coffee
  • Milk or creamer of choice
  • Sweetener of choice

Directions: Fill glass with ice. Add Proper No. Twelve and cold coffee. Add creamer and sweetener to taste. Stir to combine.

 proper cider

Proper Cider

  • 2 parts Proper No. Twelve Irish Whiskey
  • 3 parts Warm Apple Cider
  • Cinnamon stick (optional)

Directions: Combine warm apple cider and Proper No. Twelve. Garnish with cinnamon stick.

 proper sour

Proper Sour

  • 2 oz Proper No. Twelve Irish Whiskey
    .75 oz fresh lemon juice
    .75 oz simple syrup
    Garnish with lemon wedge & cherry

Directions: In a shaker, add Proper No. Twelve whiskey, fresh lemon juice & simple syrup. Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with a lemon wedge & cherry.


Proper Ginger

  • 2 oz Proper No. Twelve Irish Whiskey
    3 oz ginger ale
    1 lime wedge

Directions: Fill glass with ice. Pour Proper No. Twelve over ice. Top with ginger ale. Stir. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Image: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/80mr40lju6ktl03/AADwXjQ5DG1vvF9CZ6D1DdoSa?dl=0&preview=Proper+%26+Ginger.jpg 


The Proper Toddy

Grand Vin, Hoboken, NJ

  • 2 oz Proper No. Twelve Irish Whiskey
  • .25 oz lemon juice 
  • 1 dash spiced lemon bitters
  • 2 heaping bar spoons of Firebee Vanilla honey
  • Hot water
  • Tea bag
  • 1 star anise
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 piece cracked cinnamon stick.

Directions: Place tea bag in a mug, pour hot water. Add Proper No. Twelve, lemon juice, spiced lemon bitters, star anise and Firebee Vanilla honey. Stir until honey is dissolved. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.