23 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!
Editor's Tip: Make large ice cubes using a muffin tin to prevent the drink from getting watery.
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.
This bourbon beverage gets its 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 on the classic cocktail recipe, try topping it with an orange peel or a candied cherry.
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.
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 the glass 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.
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.
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 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.