Bottoms Up — June 10, 2013 at 11:46 am

The Perfect Father’s Day Cocktails


Dads can be the trickiest people to shop for, so instead of scouring the mall for a gift that’s just so-so, why not concoct your dad a freshly made cocktail instead? Pick from the best of the best below, using dad’s liquor of choice and make this Father’s Day one to remember.

Pouring Ribbons

Sunny Weather (Beltempo) (Courtesy of Troy Sidle, Pouring Ribbons)
1 ½ oz. Ruffino Prosecco
¼ oz. Campari
½ oz. St. Germain Elderflower liqueur
1 ½ oz. grapefruit juice

Pour a small amount of Ruffino Prosecco over ice in a Collins glass. Add remaining ingredients. Top off with more Ruffino Prosecco as needed. Garnish with a grapefruit twist.

Bourbon Daddy

Basil Hayden’s Bourbon Daddy (Courtesy of JP Caceres)
2 parts Basil Hayden’s Bourbon
1 part fresh lemon juice
½ part agave syrup
1 egg white
3 sage leaves
4 pink peppercorns

Add all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and muddle the sage leaves and pink peppercorns. Add ice and shake. Double strain into an old fashioned glass filled with ice and garnish with a sage leaf.

Secret Dram

Kilbeggan Dads Secret Dram (Courtesy of Eoghan Owen Hughes, Knockranny House Hotel)
2 Parts Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey
¾ Part Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice
1 Part Honey Syrup (½ honey ½ water)
2 Dashes Orange Bitters
1 Part Egg White

Pour all ingredients into a shaker and shake to mix well and emulsify. Add ice and shake hard for another 15 seconds. Pour into a large tumbler over ice. This is a ³man¹s drink,² so no garnish is needed.

Frutti Red

Frutti Red (Courtesy of Pite Van Den Bossche, The Clubhouse)
1 ½ oz. vodka
1 slice of ginger
¼ lime
2 tsps fresh berries
1 splash of Malbec wine
1 shot of your favorite whisky

Muddle & shake.

Photo Credit: Alice Gao

Photo Credit: Alice Gao

The Thistle Whistle (Courtesy of Scott Fitzgerald, Greenwich Project)
2 oz. Brugal 1888
¼ oz. Bittermans Apricot Brandy
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
1 dash Regan’s Orange Bitters

Stir all ingredients in a cocktail tin until chilled. Strain into a rocks glass over large ice cubes. Garnish with a dried apricot and lemon peel.

Photo Credit: Alice Gao

Photo Credit: Alice Gao

Dad’s Dry Daiquiri (Courtesy of Brugal Rum)
2 oz. Brugal Extra Dry
1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
¾ oz. Simple Syrup

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.

Photo Credit: Peter Wagner

Photo Credit: Peter Wagner

NOLET’S Silver Clover Club (Courtesy of Ivan Mitankin, Bathtub Gin)
2 oz. NOLET’S Silver Dry Gin
3 Raspberries
1 Egg White
½ oz. Cane Syrup
½ oz. Dolin Dry
¾ oz. Lemon

Dry shake all ingredients (without ice) to emulsify the egg white, then shake with ice. Double strain into a coupe glass and garnish with a raspberry.


Green & Ginger (Courtesy of Shiraz Events)
2 oz. Johnnie Walker Green Label
3 oz. Spicy Ginger Beer
Candied Rosemary Sprig*

Place Green Label Scotch Whiskey into a double round rocks glass filled with liberal ice. Top with 3 oz. of Ginger Beer of your choice (the spicier the better!) and stir. Garnish with a candied Rosemary sprig. *To make the Candied Rosemary: Dip rosemary sprigs in boiling water. Generously sprinkle with superfine sugar. Let dry on a parchment lined baking sheet for 1 hour.


Dewar’s and Ginger (Courtesy of Dewar’s)
1 part DEWAR’S WHITE LABEL Blended Scotch Whisky
3 parts ginger beer or ale
Orange wedge

Fill pint glass with ice and add Dewar’s White Label. Top with ginger and garnish with an orange wedge.

If you’re still looking for the perfect gift, check out our Father’s Day Gift Guide!

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