Dads are notoriously difficult to buy gifts for—despite what they say, only so many power tools will fit in the garage.
So this year, we recommend giving your pops something a little more spirited than, say, a polo shirt embroidered with a college mascot. We’re talking about a seriously delicious drink featuring his favorite ingredient: Scotch.
And while some whisky lovers out there might prefer the spirit neat, we assure you that the following tipples are worth the extra effort. Here are seven of our most prized classic and original Scotch cocktails that your dad will surely like. Cheers!
Drambuie Rusty Nail
One sip of this sweet, herbal classic and you’ll understand why this cocktail was incredibly popular in the 1960s. While nobody is sure who created it—you and your father should read Liquor.com advisory board member Dale DeGroff’s fascinating article about its history—the recipe calls for equal parts blended Scotch and Drambuie, a liqueur that includes herbs, spices, Scottish heather honey and both Highland and Speyside single malts.
There’s no denying that this staple, which is named for the famed Scottish folk hero, is delicious. It’s very similar to the Manhattan and, naturally, calls for sweet vermouth and Angostura Bitters. (Don’t forget the cherry garnish!) Swap out your dad’s standard bourbon or rye for Scotch and we promise he’ll appreciate the difference.
One of the most simple and deliciously refreshing cocktails we know of is the Presbyterian. It’s a mix of whiskey with equal parts ginger ale and club soda. You could serve the easy-as-pie original at left, but since it’s Father’s Day, you could also try fixing all-star San Francisco bartender Eric Adkins’ special spicy twist on the traditional recipe. Before you get started watch him whip up both elixirs in our How to Cocktail video.
It’s hard to go wrong with this tried and true sipper, but while an Old Fashioned usually calls for bourbon or rye whiskey, the drink’s name refers to the original definition of a cocktail: a combination of liquor (of any kind), sugar, water and bitters. So we say put aside the American whiskey and add a jigger of Scotch. This just might be your dad’s new favorite.
If your dad is a big cocktail fan, fix him this turn-of-the-20th-century libation. According to award-winning author and Liquor.com advisory board member David Wondrich it was created by Charlie Mahoney, head bartender at New York’s legendary Hoffman House. It features the unique combination of Johnnie Walker Black Label and sloe gin. It’s just the old-timey treat that your father is sure to appreciate.
Blood and Sand
The recipe for the Blood and Sand first appeared in print in Harry Craddock’s famed The Savoy Cocktail Book in 1930 and was most likely named for a 1922 Rudolph Valentino movie. It also tastes, thankfully, a heck of a lot better than it sounds. Equal parts of single malt Scotch, sweet vermouth, Cherry Heering and orange juice work delightfully in this concoction. But you might want to mix up two—you won’t want Mom getting jealous.
7 Scotch Cocktails Your Dad Will Love