September 27, 2023 2:38 pm

Proper Apple Lemonade

Irish fighting legend Conor McGregor is one of the greatest UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) competitors in history; the first competitor to hold titles in two different weight classes simultaneously. His love of whiskey led him to create his own brand in 2018.

Proper No. 12 is a solid representation of the mark and represents great value following in the footsteps of Jameson and Bushmills. I present to our dear readers two cocktails using Proper No. 12 Irish Apple. It’s called Proper Apple Lemonade. Enjoy!

Proper Apple Lemonade

Jim ZadroznyJim Zadrozny


  • 1 Large Pitcher
  • Highball Glasses


  • 12 ounces Proper No. 12 Irish Apple Whiskey
  • 32 ounces Lemonade
  • 1 Lemon Sliced


  • In a pitcher add 32 oz of freshly made lemonade combined with a few lemon slices and 12 oz of ice. 
  •  Add 12 oz Proper No. 12 Irish Apple Whiskey. 
  • Gently stir for ten seconds. 
  • Serve using highball glasses filled with cubed ice and a lemon slice. 
  • Garnish with lemon slice.

My Take:

On the nose Proper No. 12 Irish Apple Whiskey does indeed smell like freshly cut Jonagold apples. Sipped neat, the whiskey doesn’t display any of the sickly-sweet confectionary nature of a subpar mixer. You could easily pour this spirit in a rocks glass over a large ice cube and be content. However, when sitting on your porch on a warm summer’s eve adding this apple whiskey to freshly made lemonade is really satisfying. The depth and subtle sweetness added to slightly tart lemonade is a perfect combination.

Music Pairing

The Chieftains “The Foggy Dew” The Long Black Veil (1995, RCA Victor)

The recent passing of Sinead O’Conner was a tragic loss to music. Here we have one of her great performances which just happens to be Conor McGregor’s entrance theme. He has great taste in whiskey and tunes it seems.

Slainte Mhath!

"Whisky is liquid sunshine."

George Bernard Shaw

“The light music of whiskey falling into a glass – an agreeable interlude.”

James Joyce

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