Dad’s the guy who puts everyone else first, a silent saint, bending over backwards and for what—the big piece of chicken? This year, in addition to thanking him for all that free heat and hot water you pilfered over the years, find him a perfect liquid gift; something he might never buy for himself but totally deserves. From a bold bottle of booze to a gadget to vault his cocktail game, we did all the legwork. So put that shirt and tie combo back on the shelf and make some liquid magic this Father’s Day.
Dombey Whiskey Glass
Sure, $60 might sound like a lot to spend on a whiskey or beer glass. But when you see this video of New Orleans-based Ben Dombey hand-blowing these works of art, you’ll know why. Ben has been at it for 15 years with one goal: to create the perfect bar glasses. Nicely weighted and heavy in the hand, uniquely textured and inflated by lung power, each glass can be custom-stamped with an image or text of your choice. You are your dad’s favorite child, after all, so why not give him his new favorite glass. Buy now.
A good cocktail can be hard to come by and a good haircut even harder. What if you could give dad the gift of both in one fell swoop? With locations in Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles, Blind Barber is a chic barbershop and swanky speakeasy in one, delivering a spa day he’ll actually enjoy. All barber services include one craft cocktail or beer and the full-service speakeasy (with weekend brunch menu) is waiting for him when it’s over. Buy now.
Window’s Magaki Gold Shōchū
Expand dad’s hooch horizons with a bottle of Shōchū, Japanese rice liquor similar to sake, that’s slightly stronger and more full-bodied. This particular Shōchū is matured in oak barrels, producing a roundness and flavor that appeals to whiskey drinkers and can be purchased online through Sake Social. Buy now.
Grand Mayan Ultra Aged Tequila
Made with central-highland blue agave and aged in American and French oak casks, this rich, small-batch extra añejo is a blend of four and five-year-old tequilas and takes 10 years to produce. The hand-painted ceramic decanters are hand-crafted, individually numbered, and painted by local artists in Mexico City. Buy now.
Craft Beer Club
Variety is not just the spice of life, but also the best thing about being a craft beer nerd in a country with over 6,000 producers. Craft Beer Club lets dad try some of the more unique and obscure breweries without leaving the comfort of his favorite chair. Each shipment features 12 beers from two different micro-breweries located in different geographical regions, along with four different styles and three beers of each style. You choose how many and can cancel hassle-free. Buy now.
It’s a known fact that dad’s love toothpicks, a fact not lost on funky online retailer Uncommon Goods who sells a set of oversized scotch-infused toothpicks soaked in premium Islay single malt scotch. Smoky pete and caramel flavors are unlocked and released slowly as the sustainably-forested wood is gently chewed. Buy now.
This nifty device turns any beverage ice cold in under a minute without any dilution via its multi-chamber design protected by two layers of food-grade stainless steel. It’s perfect for iced coffee or chilling a fine spirit or wine for sipping at optimal temps. Buy now.
Father’s Day also marks the unofficial start of gin and tonic season and now is the chance to up dad’s game. This grape-based gin from Jean-Sébastien Robicquet is blended with a combination of 14 botanicals, including bergamot, java pepper, sandalwood, vetiver, and plum. Buy now.
When all else fails, a special bottle of booze always does the trick. A rich Island malt with refined smoky notes is finished in red wine casks, the only 18-year aged malt to make the claim. Matured in American white oak ex-bourbon barrels, this single malt is finished in superior Premier Grand Cru Classé French red wine barriques, rife with toffee notes and a bitter chocolate finish. A bold fella deserves this bold spirit. Buy now.
These limited release bitters were recreated with the original Boker’s bitters recipe (over 100 years old) found in the first cocktail book ever published, “The Bar-Tender’s Guide: How to Mix Drinks,” or “The Bon-Vivant’s Companion” penned by Jerry Thomas in 1862. In Thomas’s time, the brand was sold as “Boker’s Bitters, having been misspelled by Thomas himself. Buy now.
Header image courtesy of The Bitter Truth.