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If your dad is one to appreciate a well-shaken drink, then a personalized cocktail is one of the best gifts you can get him this Father’s Day. Dads can be really particular about the alcohol they drink, but if you gift him the the right cocktail ingredients and recipes, it shows you’re really paying attention. Whether he’s a Don Draper-esque whiskey drinker, a Tony Soprano scotch sipper or a James Bond martini fanatic, there’s an endless array of fun drinks that he can make with a well-stocked bar cart.
No matter his signature drink, we rounded up a list of the best Father’s Day cocktails, recipes and ingredients, one of which your dad is sure to love.
An Old Fashioned For the ‘Old Fashioned’ Dad
If your dad sips whiskey like he works in a 1960s ad agency in New York City, then you can’t go wrong with a classic old fashioned recipe. Your dad can mix it just like Don Draper does using his recipe from the “The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook.” Thankfully, the timeless drink doesn’t have too many rules: muddle together one sugar cube for subtle sweetness with two dashes of bitters. Mix together one and a half to two ounces of a whiskey of your choosing (we fancy Bob Dylan’s Heaven’s Door if you’re looking to cram even more pop culture into your drink). Pour the mix into a classic whiskey glass, filled with ice, before garnishing it with Draper’s classic orange twist.
‘The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook’
Heaven’s Door Whiskey
A Death & Co. Aperol Spritz For the Millennial Dad
Death & Co. became an instant cocktail institution after its Manhattan opening in 2006 and is still beloved by the millennial generation that experienced the speakeasy-esque lounge from the beginning. Their eponymous cocktail book includes more than 500 of the bar’s most innovative and sought-after cocktails, including their treasured Naked and Famous aperol spritz. The fruity notes of aperol with the herbal quality of yellow chartreuse harmonize perfectly for a refreshing, citrusy drink. They recommend using the Del Mageuy mezcal for an enjoyable kick. Shake together .75 ounces each of the mezcal, yellow chartreuse, Aperol and lime juice for the perfect ratio.
‘Death & Co: Modern Classic Cocktails’
Del Maguey Crema Mezcal
A Vesper Martini For the James Bond Dad
Nothing feels classier than ordering a Vesper Martini, the famous drink that James Bond orders at the infamous poker game in “Casino Royale.” What gives the vesper its extra kick (aside from being “shaken, not stirred”) is its unusual mix of both gin and vodka, balanced out by a dash of lillet. Shake together three ounces of Tanqueray gin, one ounce of Haku Vodka, half an ounce of Lillet Blanc and garnish with one lemon slice for a potent mix that 007 would approve of.
‘Shaken: Drinking with James Bond and Ian Fleming’
Lillet Blanc Vermouth
An Aviary Sparkling Punch For the Foodie Dad
The Aviary is one of the most iconic cocktail bars in the country, known for its wildly innovative drinks and genius food combinations. Any food-lover will appreciate its 440-plus page cocktail book that includes one-of-a-kind insights from the renowned chef Grant Achatz. Famous mixologist of Aviary, Craig Schoettler, thought up of one of the bar’s most popular cocktails, called the molly arlington. It calls for one-and-a-half ounces of fruit syrup, one-and-a-half ounces of Paul Beau VS Cognac, four ounces of Henriot Blanc de Blanc Champagne and a whole nutmeg. But you can always switch out the ultra-expensive Paul Beau Cognac for a slightly more affordable premium Cognac like Martell XO. While Aviary makes their orange shrub from scratch, this premium fruit syrup by Shrub & Co. should do the trick.
‘The Aviary Cocktail Book’
Martel XO Cognac
Henriot Brut Souverain
Shrub & Co. Blood Orange Shrub
Punch Glass Pair
A Hemingway Daiquiri for the Bon Vivant Dad
Ironically, some of the best cocktails were born out of the U.S.’s Prohibition Era of the 1920s, when hundreds of American writers flocked to Paris, one of the only places they could legally drink in peace. If your dad loves a historic drink with a global flair then he would probably enjoy a Hemingway daiquiri. This cocktail calls for half an ounce of maraschino liqueur (instead of traditional cane syrup due to the writer’s disdain for sugary drinks), two ounces of light rum like this one by Brugal, 3/4ths of an ounce of fresh lime juice and half an ounce of grapefruit juice. If your dad wants more options though, you can gift him this history of the lost generation through the lens of the era’s most famous ex-pats, and the cocktails they loved.
‘A Drinkable Feast: A Cocktail Companion to 1920s Paris’
Brugal 1888 Rum
Bormioli Rocco Cocktail Glasses
A Tennessee Julep For the ‘I Need My Morning Coffee’ Dad
Coffee in alcohol: you either hate it or love it. If your dad falls in the latter category, then this recipe book, with over 75 ways to mix coffee and liquor, will be well used. You can’t go wrong with an espresso martini but if you want something a little more unique, the book’s Tennessee julep recipe offers the easiest way to make a sophisticated coffee-based drink. Mix together two ounces of coffee-infused George Dickel No. 8 Tennessee Whiskey, a bar spoon of apricot liqueur (Giffard pairs well with whiskey), 1/3 of an ounce of light organic corn syrup and 12 chocolate mint leaves. While it can be hard to get your hands on the coffee-infused George Dickel, you can always mix their regular No. 8 Whiskey with coffee to achieve the same effect. La Colombe cold brew is known to mix well for coffee-infused cocktails.
‘The Art & Craft of Coffee Cocktails’
George Dickel No. 8 Whiskey
Giffard Apricot Liqueur
La Colombe Cold Brew
Gold-Rimmed Coupe Glasses
Beer Accessories For the Dad Who Loves Cracking Open a Cold One
Some dads can’t say no to cracking open a cold one, especially now that the sun is out. While he probably has his signature brews that he sticks to, a real beer aficionado would love this comprehensive compendium of good beer by acclaimed brewer Garrett Oliver. Pair it with a quality Glass & Pewter pint or these magnetic storage strips for an awesome brew gift set for your beer-drinking dad.