Dads are notoriously hard to shop for on Father’s Day. So this year, skip gifting him a traditional tie or snooze-worthy slipper set and serve up something something he’ll really enjoy: a good stiff drink. Whether you are hosting a dinner or just hanging out exchanging dad jokes, mix him up one of these 12 handsome cocktails, ranging from smooth whiskey sippers to creative tequila concoctions.
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For the literary father who enjoys a strong dram, Aberfeldy’s Dad’s Highland Harmony is the perfect companion to a good read.
Method: Add all ingredients to mixing glass. Add ice and stir for about 45 seconds-1 minute until the cocktail is properly chilled and diluted. Strain into a Nick & Nora glass. Garnish with an expressed lemon peel.
Sure, dad may need a real shave and haircut but drinking this badass Sailor Jerry-based cocktail will be way more fun. Think of it as a cooler, more elevated version of a basic Rum + Coke.
Method: Add Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum and cola to a tumbler. Top with stout or porter.
For the dads who stick to what they know, Teeling’s Finest Fatherly Fashioned is an ode to the classics, made with allspice liqueur, and angostura bitters.
Method: Stir all the ingredients over ice using a bar spoon to add the honey. Serve in rocks glass over ice and garnish with a cinnamon stick and orange twist.
The Villonaire is sure to be an unexpected hit with the dad who thinks he’s tried everything. Villon’s warm vanilla and toasty oak blend beautifully with Bumbu Crème‘s notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and chai for a long and easy afternoon drink.
Method: In a cocktail shaker combine ice, Villon, and Bumbu Crème. Shake and strain into a snifter or rocks glass with fresh ice. Option to garnish with a cinnamon stick.
Embark on a whisky journey with the Traditional Elderfashioned. By adding a splash of St-Germain, this classic cocktail reaches new heights of flavor, offering a sophisticated and pleasurable drink that will surely impress your dad.
Method: Pour the St‑Germain, whisky and bitters into a mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir until very cold and perfectly diluted. Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with an orange twist.
If dad is one to bring home the big bucks, or he’s at least busting his butt to try, pay him out with the innovative Moneymaker drink, made with Kevin Hart‘s famed tequila Gran Coramino Cristalino.
Method: Rock Tajin around rim of Collins glass. In a cocktail shaker, add Gran Coramino Cristalino, lime juice, grapefruit juice, and hot honey syrup. Add fresh ice, then shake and strain into Collins glass over fresh ice. Top with grapefruit soda. Garnish with grapefruit slice
A fashionable, fruity twist on a classic cocktail, this Banana Old Fashion, created by Monkey Shoulder Brand Ambassador Anna Mains, will have dad going ape s**t over its smooth flavor.
Method: Stir, pour over ice, and add banana for garnish.
New York’s first straight rye whiskey in nearly a century, Hudson Whiskey’s Do The Rye Thing is a gift in itself. Bold and spicy, with notes of citrus and honey and a bright mint finish, the spirit is as iconic as the classic NYC slice. For Father’s Day, mix dad up a a Rye(se) Up, created by Hudson Whiskey’s Distillery Bartender Nicholas Rose featuring fine Vermouth and the bitter French apéritif Suze.
Method: Add all the ingredients into a mixing glass with ice, and stir until well-chilled. Strain into an old-fashioned glass filled with a big ice cube. Garnish with a flamed orange peel.
Some call this Hendrick’s-based hard lemonade the perfect golf course cocktail, but even if dad isn’t on the green, this Father’s Day, he can at least feel like he is.
Method: Combine all ingredients in a highball glass filled with cubed ice and lightly stir. Garnish with three thinly sliced rounds of cucumber and one lemon wheel and serve. The cucumber and rose essence mixed with the bright citrus flavors are simply refreshing.
Energize your Father’s Day with the invigorating Rouge Coffee Tonic. Crafted from a harmonious blend of 20 spices sourced from around the world, this cocktail is the ultimate way to celebrate your father on a Sunday morning, igniting his senses with a vibrant and aromatic experience.
Method: Build drink over cubed ice in a highball glass. Stir and garnish with a fresh orange slice or wedge.
According to legend, in the summer of 1886, Glenfiddich founder William Grant hand-built his family’s distillery with his seven sons, two daughters and a single stonemason. Today, Glenfiddich is run by the fifth generation of the Grant-Gordon family so if anyone knows about toasting to a dad, it’s them. This year, try mixing up your family member the tangy Berry Fiddich Fizz, created by Glenfiddich West Coast Ambassador David Allardice.
Method: Serve in highball glass filled with ice and garnish with a lemon twist.
Like any negroni, this recipe starts with the core vermouth ingredient, but what sets it apart is the addition of Martini & Rossi Fiero, a low-ABV aperitivo that brings a citrusy burst to the serve. This delicious, three-ingredient cocktail is quick and easy to make and is perfect for any dad looking to enjoy a balanced aperitif, whether for a summer cocktail party or a nightcap.
Method: Mix ingredients with ice and stir in the serving glass, garnish with an orange slice and serve on the rocks.