8 Essential Cocktails for Father's Day
An elegant scotch cocktail can be difficult to achieve, thanks to the bold character of the liquor itself. This recipe demands balance and creates order while still being tough, much like a father figure—or Elliot Stabler. Get the recipe for the Sin Cyn
Let’s give dads a little more credit than the beer-guzzling Homer Simpson–style caricature. Pops’ palate is more refined than a six-pack of Bud, so it’s time to upgrade his beverage to this elegant beer-cider hybrid. It’s low in alcohol and way more refreshing than a can of Duff. Get the recipe for the Maraschino Snakebite.
Black Pepper Gibson
Here’s your chance to show Dad you’ve flourished in adulthood as someone of class and substance. Make him this clean, savory riff on a Martini, and he’ll no doubt be impressed. But remember: Just one will do ya. (Fatherly pride stops when things get sloppy.)Get the recipe for the Black Pepper Gibson.
Salute the man who taught you how to ride a bike and let you borrow his car by gifting him with a new ride. Not in your price range? Then settle for the next best thing: a round of Ferrari shots, featuring
The Sazerac is the Atticus Finch of cocktails: honest, balanced and a role model for all of the other drinks. But it’s not our first choice for June drinking, so we’re grateful for this variation, which takes the components of the classic to the blender. A Sazerac that’s appropriate for the pool? We never thought we’d see the day.Get the recipe for the Spazerac.
Ready Aim Fire
Firing up the grill on Father’s Day is traditional, but if you don’t want to go the barbecue route (pyromaniac? vegetarian?), rely on this cocktail to capture that essence, sans open flame and meat sweats. Mezcal provides smoky backbone, while a pineapple syrup and Bittermens Hellfire Habanero Shrub add sweetness and heat.Get the recipe for the Ready Aim Fire.
Summer Session Old Fashioned
Here’s a drink for the father who’s doesn’t take himself too seriously. If your traditional Old Fashioned is a straitlaced disciplinarian, then this pitcher cocktail, featuring plenty of citrus and thyme simple syrup, is all about dad jokes and letting you stay out past curfew.Get the recipe for the Summer Session Old Fashioned.