Father’s Day is here and finding that perfect gift can be difficult. This year don’t phone it in with another boring necktie. We have a few suggestions for the cocktail enthusiast dad that will make you his favorite kid — at least for one day.
For the home mixologist
Spirit Mixer cocktail recipe journal
The perfect gift for the dad who enjoys crafting his own unique cocktails. This hardbound, faux-leather book is liquid resistant and features more than 150 pages of recipe templates split into six separate sections based on spirit. Cost: $30. Available at Four Line Supply.
For the curious cocktail drinker
Shaker & Spoon subscription
Cocktail boxes are a great way to taste new cocktails and experiment with recipes and ingredients you might not try on your own. Shaker & Spoon is a monthly cocktail subscription service that sends out a box with three step-by-step original recipes curated by top bartenders from around the world. The box includes all the syrups, bitters, fruit needed to created up to 12 cocktails (four per recipe). All dad needs to do is provide the alcohol. Subscriptions are $50 a month, $135 for 3 months, $250 for 6 months, or $480 for 12 months. Sign up here.
For the sweet tooth
Tache chocolate cigars
If dad likes something sweet, try a box of Tache Artisan Chocolate’s dark chocolate cigars filled with Diplomatico’s Reserva Exclusiva rum-infused ganache. Elegant and sweet with hints of molasses, the rum is a perfect match for Tache’s bold and creamy signature dark chocolate. Get price details and order a box here.
For the dad on the go
SIV leather flask
This stylish stainless steel flask is wrapped in harness leather and includes a funnel for easy filling. Price: $129.95. Order it here.
For the sophisticated dad
Engraved bottle of Johnnie Walker Blue
Johnnie Blue is the perfect gift for the dad who appreciates a fine bottle of scotch. Why not make this already rare bottle of whisky truly one-of-a-kind with a custom message? Messages of 45 characters can be engraved in multiple languages. Price: $239 via Reserve Bar.
For the bourbon connoisseur
Booker’s “Blue Knights Batch”
Booker’s “Blue Knights Batch” is the second release in the Booker’s Bourbon 2017 Collection. Like all batches of Booker’s, it’s bottled uncut at its natural proof of 127.4 and aged for 6 years, 3 months and 6 days. The result is a balanced batch of bourbon that has a sweet nose with notes of vanilla. Booker’s “Blue Knights Batch” is named in tribute to the many years of friendship that Booker Noe shared with the Blue Knights motorcycle club, an international brotherhood of active and retired law enforcement officers who share a passion for motorcycle riding. Price: $69.99-74.99 via your local liquor purveyor.
For the traveling bartender
Barware rollup kit
Let dad take his cocktail show on the road with this handsome canvas and leather rollup kit from Cocktail Kingdom. The kit includes: a 1-oz./2-oz. stainless steel Japanese-style jigger, stainless steel barspoon, 33.5cm. stainless steel Hawthorne strainer, stainless steel garnish tongs, Y-peeler, and channel knife. Price: $134.99. Available in black, royal blue, and army green at Cocktail Kingdom.
For the matching pint & t-shirt lover
Pint and t-shirt combo pack
New Duds is a Vermont-based custom screen printing company that’s made a name for itself with fun and stylish designs. For Father’s Day, they’re offering a special combo pack of two 16-oz. can glasses and a hand-printed t-shirt featuring matching designs, including pizza, hops, or tools. Price: $40. Available at New Duds.
Jim Sabataso is a writer, journalist, and bar director for The Palms Restaurant Group in Rutland, Vermont. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @JimSabataso.