29 Creative Cocktail Ideas to Mix Up on Father’s Day
Grilled Peach Whiskey Smash
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 with cola so the kids can toast to Dad, too!
Celebrate Father's Day with a few of summer's best flavors. This cocktail requires just four ingredients for the base of the drink, so you can set out different fruits and let dad mix his own. Our favorite combination is strawberry, lemon, and basil, but the possibilities are endless!
Bourbon Ball Cocktail
This decadent cocktail is perfect for any bourbon fan. With a mix of hazelnut liqueur, créme de cacao, and a splash of his favorite bourbon, this tasty treat will quickly become one of dad's favorite drinks. Don't forget to add chocolate shavings on top for an extra festive touch!
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 flavored ice cubes.
Editor's Tip: Make this drink ahead of time since there's freezing required.
Bourbon Stout Cocktail
Stir up a Father’s Day cocktail that will satisfy his sweet tooth, too. Rich layers of chocolate stout, bourbon, and chocolate syrup, all drizzled with cream, make this drink a chocolate-lover's delight. Serve it with a Father's Day dessert for a double dose of craving cures.
Citrus Shimmer Cocktail
Since Father's Day is typically celebrated on a warm summer day, mix up a refreshing citrus drink to go along with your Father's Day dinner menu. Made with fresh tangerine or orange juice, cold Prosecco, and a splash of limoncello, this cheery drink is the perfect addition to any outdoor celebration.
Burnt-Orange Anejo Sour
If dad is a tequila fan, he'll love this tangy combination of a margarita and a whiskey sour. This colorful drink is made with anejo (an aged tequila), orange liqueur, sweet vermouth, and fresh mint leaves for a cocktail that's sweet and a little bit sour. Serve it in a coupe glass ($5, Crate & Barrel) and top it off with a caramelized orange slice for an extra special touch.
Dark, creamy Guinness (or any other dry stout of your choosing) melds with vodka in this rich chocolate drink. Then, for the just-right amount of zing, add a splash of lemon juice. Serve in a chilled glass and garnish with a twist of lemon for a delicious 5-o-clock-somewhere sip.
El Perro Salty Cocktail
Break out the highball glasses! This Father’s Day cocktail recipe features fresh lime and grapefruit juice. Mint leaves add refreshing flavor, but fear not—this gin-based drink still packs plenty of punch. To balance out the sweet, dip half the rim of each highball glass($7, Crate & Barrel) in sea salt before you pour in the El Perro.
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.
Editor's Tip: This one's best served gently stirred, not shaken.
Spanish Gin Tonic
Treat dad to a summer cocktail that he can make all his own. This Spanish-style gin tonic is typically made with fresh herbs, citrus, or cucumber, and finished with spices like peppercorns and juniper berries—but this drink is totally customizable, so you can set out all the ingredients and let each person make their own at this year's Father's Day brunch.
Tomato Bacon Sipper
Ditch the splash of vodka and try bourbon-spiked 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.
For adventurous dads, we've substituted tequila for the traditional vodka in this Bloody Mary variation. Chipotle chile pepper sauce and fresh jalapenos pack some serious fire. Mix up a pitcher of the base cocktail and let each person add their own garnish to their tall cocktail glass ($4, Crate & Barrel).
Freshly squeezed citrus juice gives this classic cocktail a modern upgrade. Blend with bourbon, then stir in a tablespoon of sugar to balance the tartness. Dress up the finished Father’s Day drink with an orange-and-cherry skewer and serve over ice.
It sounds dangerous but tastes delicious. Whip up the super simple Rusty Nail cocktail in just five minutes with two ingredients (or three, if you're feeling fancy). Spoiler alert: It's scotch and Drambuie served in an old-fashioned glass on the rocks and garnished with lemon.
The Aloha Shandy
You've tried the typical whiskey sour. Now it's time to shake up 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 the finished drink with complementing lime and mint.
One of the driest mixed drinks, the Gibson is a simple combo of gin and vermouth. Shake stylishly in a steel cocktail shaker ($20, Williams Sonoma) over ice and pour into a chilled martini glass. To finish things off in Donald Draper-style, garnish with a skewer of cocktail onions and serve it up to your sophisticated dad.