10 Cocktail Ideas for Father’s Day

One day every spring, we pull out all the stops for our moms. We shower them in flowers, in cakes, in lovely, fizzy drinks -- all to show them just how much we care. But our dads? They get a pack of golf balls. Maybe a last-minute steak.

Dads are notoriously difficult to buy gifts for — despite what they say, only so many power tools will fit in the garage.

The best gifts are often ones that are a little offbeat and show a little consideration. None of the best gifts are particularly expensive or hard to find.

Forget the cuff links and ties that will never see the light of day -- we’re giving our dads what they really want: a drink.

Whether yours is a Rob Roy or the Whisky on the Rocks, we rounded up the cocktails you need to celebrate Father’s Day right.

Give your dear old dad a nice dinner in his honor and then pour his drink of choice. He’ll thank you later.

Don't worry, your dad doesn't have to know that you got the ideas here. ;-)

Let's get started.

Tom Collins

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Fun fact: There isn't clear whether this drink was invented in the US or in the United Kingdom. In any case, every sip of this cocktail lives up to his classic status.


  • 2 oz London dry gin
  • 1 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 4 oz soda
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • 1 lemon slice for garnishing

How to Prepare It

  • Add the lemon juice, sugar and gin to a shaker and fill with ice.
  • Shake well and strain into a highball or Collins glass filled with fresh ice.
  • Top with club soda and garnish with a lemon wheel and a cherry.

Old Fashioned

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Fun fact: Back in the day, a "cock tail" was a morning drink (yes, you read that right) made up of a little water, a little sugar, a lot of liquor, and a couple splashes of bitters. What happened to the good ol' days, America?


  • 1.5 oz bourbon whiskey
  • 2 tsp simple syrup (1:1 ratio sugar:water)
  • 1 tsp water
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • 1 slice orange
  • 1 maraschino cherry

How to Prepare It

  • In an Old Fashioned glass, muddle the bitters, sugar, orange wheel, cherry and a splash of soda.
  • Remove the orange rind, add the bourbon and fill with ice.
  • Garnish with a fresh orange wheel and cherry.

Whiskey Sour

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Fun fact: According to the Internet, the whiskey sour was first mentioned in a Wisconsin newspaper in 1870. Since it's hard to imagine the people of Wisconsin drinking lots of whiskey back then, that fact is likely to be false.


  • 2 oz whiskey (rye or bourbon)
  • 3/4 oz simple syrup
  • 3/4 oz lemon juice
  • 1 egg white

How to Prepare It

  • Combine ingredients in a shaker and dry shake until well combined, at least 10 seconds.
  • Add ice to your shaker and shake again as normal.
  • Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Moscow Mule

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Fun fact: The cocktail was invented in 1941 by the owner of an American East Coast spirits and food distributor company, and the President of a ginger beer company. The latter was also the proprietor of a restaurant in Los Angeles, which was popular with celebrities.


  • 2 oz vodka
  • 1 oz fresh Lime juice
  • 4 oz club soda

How to Prepare It

  • Add the vodka, lime juice and ginger syrup to a shaker and fill with ice.
  • Shake, and strain into a mule mug or Collins glass filled with fresh ice.
  • Top with club soda and mound crushed ice over the top of the drink.


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Fun fact: It’s said to have been named after the flurry of American expats who adopted the drink as their favorite during Prohibition. 


  • 2 oz campari
  • 2 oz sweet vermouth
  • 1 slice orange
  • Club soda until the glass is full

How to Prepare It

  • Fill a glass with ice.
  • Add Campari and vermouth, and top with soda. (You're going for a 1:1:2 ratio here.)
  • Garnish with an orange slice or twist.



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Fun fact: There's not a clear version of the origin of this cocktail. One of the most prevalent stories is that Carlos "Danny" Herrera developed the drink at his Tijuana-area restaurant, Rancho La Gloria, around 1938. As the legend goes, Herrera dreamed up the cocktail for one of his customers, an aspiring actress named Marjorie King who was allergic to all hard alcohol other than tequila. To make the liquor more palatable to his fussy client, he combined the elements of a traditional tequila shot—a lick of salt and a wedge of lime—and turned them into a refreshing drink.


  • 2 oz blanco or reposado Tequila
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • 3/4 oz Cointreau
  • 1 lime wheel

How to Prepare It

  • If to your taste, salt the rim of a glass.
  • Add the ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice.
  • Shake well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass or rocks glass filled with fresh ice.
  • Garnish with a lime wheel.



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Fun fact: It was named the official cocktail of Louisiana by the legislature in 2008.


  • 2 oz rye whiskey
  • 3 dashes peychaud's bitters
  • 1 sugar cube
  • Splash of absinthe
  • 1 lemon wheel

How to Prepare It

  • Fill a serving glass with ice and absinthe. Swirl a bit and dump the ice.
  • In a new glass, combine remaining ingredients with ice. Stir vigorously for about one minute.
  • Strain the drink into the serving glass. Rub the rim with the oils from the lemon wheel.

Gin and Tonic

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Fun fact: The gin and tonic was invented by the army of the British East India Company in India to treat malaria. Back then, malaria was a common diseases in India and other tropical regions. When quinine was found to be an effective treatment for malaria, the British officers added a mixture of water, sugar, lime and gin to the quinine in order to make the drink more palatable.


  • 1.5 oz Beefeater Gin
  • Tonic water
  • Lemon and lime wedge

How to Prepare It

  • Add the gin to a highball glass and fill with fresh ice.
  • Top with tonic water.
  • Squeeze the lemon and lime wedges into the drink, drop into the glass and stir.



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Fun fact: When referring to the Negroni, Orson Welles said: "The bitters are excellent for your liver, the gin is bad for you. They balance each other."


  • 1 oz gin
  • 1 oz campari
  • 1 sweet vermouth
  • 1 slice orange

How to Prepare It

  • Combine all ingredients with ice and stir.
  • Strain into an old fashioned over ice.
  • Garnish with orange slice.

Rob Roy

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Fun fact: The Rob Roy cocktail was created in the late 19th century at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.


  • 2 oz Scotch whisky
  • 3/4 oz sweet vermouth
  • 3 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 1 Maraschino cherry

How to Prepare It

  • Add all the ingredients to a mixing glass and fill with ice.
  • Stir, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  • Garnish with a cherry.

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