Father's Day Drinks and Cocktail Recipes to Toast Dad
Tennessee Cherry Cocktail
Tennessee whiskey, muddled dark sweet cherries, and chocolate syrup make this cocktail a trifecta of Dad-approved flavors. There's even a virgin version made with cola so the kids can toast to Dad, too! Tip: Make large ice cubes using a muffin tin to prevent the drink from getting watery.
This bourbon cocktail gets its classic flavor from vermouth and bitters. Shake vigorously and serve in a chilled glass or on the rocks to put Dad in a New York state of mind. For a twist, try topping it with an orange peel or a candied cherry.
Dark, creamy Guinness (or other dry stout of choice) melds with chocolate vodka in the richly flavored Black Patent cocktail. A tablespoon of lemon juice adds a little zing. Serve in a chilled glass and garnish with a twist of lemon for a delicious Father's Day treat.
Pickled Whiskey Cocktail
Calling all pickle-lovers: The pickleback gets upgraded to cocktail status when you combine the whiskey and pickle brine with lime juice. A drizzle of honey and sriracha add a unique kick. Skewer a dill pickle (or two) on a toothpick to garnish the drink.
You won't find this drink at your local coffeehouse. Strong liquor (in the form of Jagermeister) and strong coffee pack a punch in this cocktail that also features root beer and coffee-flavored ice cubes. Hint: Make this one ahead of time since there's freezing required.
Bourbon Stout Cocktail
Stir up something that will satisfy Dad's sweet tooth. Rich layers of chocolate stout, bourbon, vanilla, and chocolate syrup, all drizzled with cream, make this drink a chocolate-lover's delight. Serve it with a Father's Day dessert!
El Perro Salty Cocktail
Break out the highball glasses! This gin-base citrus concoction features lime and grapefruit flavors. Mint leaves add a touch of sweetness, but fear not -- the drink still packs plenty of zest. Before you pour, dip half the rim of the glass in sea salt. Top it with a candied grapefruit peel and lime slice, and get ready to pucker up!
Ginger Beer Shandy
Grab Dad's favorite lager or pilsner and remix a classic lemonade shandy with ginger ale. For extra pizzazz, dip the rims of the glasses in finely chopped crystallized ginger and garnish with a slice of lemon. This one's best served gently stirred, not shaken.
A manly dry mixer, the Gibson is a simple combo of gin and vermouth. Shake and pour into a chilled martini glass. Finish with a skewer of cocktail onions and serve to the sophisticated dad.
Whiskey Beet Cocktail
Whiskey and beets? You bet. A beet sage shrub adds complexity and color to rye whiskey, lemon juice, and bitters. Lemon slices and a sprig of sage make this drink the perfect photo op. This one needs 24 hours of chill time, so be sure to prep it the day before.
A favorite at brunches everywhere, this popular cocktail's signature blend of tomato juice, Worcestershire sauce, and hot pepper is easy to re-create. Bored of celery? Try another garnish on your Bloody Mary -- we suggest olives, pickles, or limes for a dash of color and acidity.
Ditch the splash of vodka and try a blackberry-bourbon lemonade instead. For extra points, make your own blackberry-rosemary syrup (we've included the recipe!) and pour it into the glass after the drink is stirred for dramatic effect. It's the perfect refreshing summer drink for Dad to kick back with on the patio.
Leave Dad to relax in peace with a Paloma, which is Spanish for dove. Tequila is mixed with lime juice and grapefruit-flavor soda for a fizzy, refreshing beverage. It's the perfect cocktail to conquer the summer heat. Bottoms up!
You can't go wrong with the classics. Bitters are an integral part of this bourbon cocktail, as is serving it on the rocks with a maraschino cherry. This is one Father's Day tradition Dad will raise his glass to.
You may know sake as that hoot-inducing drink at Japanese restaurants. Bring the fun home by using it as a vodka mixer. This recipe makes a generous serving, so get ready for lots of laughs. Stuff empty green olives with a fold of ginger for a unique garnish to this boozy cocktail.
For the red wine guy in your life, serve up a classic Spanish sangria. Start with a bold, sweet red, such as Beaujolais or Zinfandel. Red wine of choice plus dark sweet cherries plus triple sec and orange juice equals a perfect-for-June drink to celebrate Father's Day. Salud!
Citrus fruits put the sour in a whiskey sour. Blend bourbon, lime juice, and lemon juice, then stir in a tablespoon of sugar to balance the tartness. Dress up Dad's drink with an orange-and-cherry skewer and serve with ice.
For the adventurous dad, this Bloody Mary variation packs some serious fire. Chipotle chile pepper sauce and fresh jalapenos bring the heat to this cocktail. Substitute tequila for vodka and top with jalapeno slices and lemon for even more zest.
It sounds dangerous but tastes delicious. Whip up the super simple Rusty Nail cocktail in just five minutes with two ingredients (three if you're feeling fancy). It's scotch and Drambuie served in an old-fashioned glass on the rocks and garnished with lemon.
The Aloha Shandy
Dad will be saying "alo-ahh" with this Hawaiian twist on the summer shandy. Mix his favorite wheat beer with a lemon and mango juice mixture for a foamy treat. The secret ingredient? Fruit ice cubes! (Flowers and luau optional.)
This isn't your kid's root beer float. Serve this tasty Guinness float as the finale to the Father's Day feast. Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a splash of Bailey's Irish Cream to end his special day on a stout note.
You've tried the typical whiskey sour -- now it's time to try something new! This variety of sour cocktail uses pisco, a type of South American brandy. (If you don't have it on hand, white rum works, too.) Garnish this sweet-and-sour drink with complementing lime and mint.